Presenter: Lori Comallie-Caplan
Core Area: Nature and Needs
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Nearly all gifted students will experience at least one period of depression. This can arise from their tendency toward perfectionism, creativity, idealism, and passion. These same qualities can be harnessed as strengths to direct a gifted student toward personal growth and success.

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In “Idealism and Depression,” Lori Comallie-Caplan discusses the serious issue of depression in gifted students. Many children experience depression, but what are the unique struggles observed in gifted adolescents? Asynchronous development, social isolation, and existential depression are just a few of the risk factors. Although gifted students are vulnerable to depression, due to their high expectations and idealism, you will find that their strengths can be tapped to help them move toward hope and optimism. 

In this 1-hour course, you will be equipped to:
  • Understand the unique reasons that gifted students struggle with depression
  • Discover how existential depression affects gifted adolescents and its relation to Dabrowski’s Developmental Levels
  • Identify the warning signs of depression in gifted students
  • Learn four strategies for dealing with depression

Presenter Bio

Lori Comallie-Caplan is a New Mexico Licensed Master Social Worker and a Licensed Educational Diagnostician with a Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling. Additionally, she holds Advanced Certification for Mediation from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Ms. Comallie-Caplan has 30 plus years of experience in the field of counseling, coaching evaluation, mediation and educational consultation. She is best known for her work with gifted individuals through the lifespan and frequently provides professional development for school districts and mental health professionals in the social emotional needs of the gifted. 

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324 reviews for Idealism and Depression in the Gifted

  1. Pam – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    This course offered a few more ideas to add to my arsenal in expanding my ability to serve the gifted and talented.

  2. Amy – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    It was helpful and useful if you work with or have GT kids.

  3. Brenda – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting information

  4. Delfina – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Thank you for a more in depth understanding of depression.

  5. Delores – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    it definitely added to my knowledge on the subject

  6. Demetria – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Great information because this is so many of our kids today in our world.

  7. Alexander – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Lots of great info to ponder on and good strategies to help these students

  8. Alyssa – PRESIDIO ISD (verified owner)


  9. Susan – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative for learning about depression.

  10. Emmadonna – WALLER ISD (verified owner)

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