(385 customer reviews)

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
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 and frequently provides professional development for school districts and mental health professionals regarding the social emotional needs of the gifted.

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385 reviews for Idealism and Depression in the Gifted

  1. Raul – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Understanding depression clues; can help us help our students to deal with or get them proper guidance to help with their depression.

  2. Oscar – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    I learn a lot about how GT students can be in risk of fepression.

  3. Melia – CARROLLTON-FARMERS BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Excellent look into the inner workings of students’ minds that respects the validity of their emotions and acknowledges them as complex and mature.

  4. John – SYMMES VALLEY LOCAL (verified owner)

    I believe this video has been very helpful in helping me to identify some of the symptoms of existential depression in gifted children.

  5. Patricia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    I’ve been education for 30 years (27 at the same middle school) but this was a great refresher because we get so caught up with scores and grading and their performance that we have to stop and remember that how they feel, what they think of themselves and what THEY think others think of them is what’s important to them especially at the middle school level. Sometimes the best lessons are the ones that are not planned.

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