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Welcome to the SENG/Family Book Study Groups page. Jeffco’s GT Social Emotional Learning Counselors (GT SELCS) will be holding regularly scheduled parent/family book study groups for the 2022-23 school year. These groups provide an opportunity for families to learn about their GT child(ren) and to connect with other families who understand the unique joys and challenges of raising GT kids. Four groups will be held virtually this year with one in-person group serving east Arvada (Arvada High School articulation area) families.

All groups meet from 6:00pm to 7:30 pm.

Each group studies content from different books and families are welcome to sign up for more than one group. There is no cost to these sessions, but families are responsible for buying the relevant book for each session and must sign up below! Once registered, families will receive an email with information to join the sessions. Please do not forward the login information for virtual book studies to others who are not registered. You may encourage other families to register, but we will only allow those registered into the virtual sessions. (This helps us to secure the web meeting and ensure a safe and productive atmosphere for all!)




Smart Parenting for Smart KidsA practical and compassionate book that explains the reasons behind these struggles and offers parenting strategies to help children cope with feelings, embrace learning, and build satisfying relationships. Drawing from research as well as the authors’ clinical experience, it focuses on the essential skills children need to make the most of their abilities and become capable, confident, and caring people.

The time for this book group is 6-7:30 pm.

Facilitated by: Bryan Shipp and Tanja Warnick

Virtual, Monthly throughout the school year: Dates: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14, 1/18, 2/15, 3/15, 4/19.


A Parent's Guide to Gifted ChildrenIn their book, Dr. Webb and his colleagues created an excellent companion for parents experiencing the joys and challenges of raising gifted children. While diving into topics that are timely and relevant for caregivers such as family and peer relationships, motivation, underachievement, intensity, perfectionism, and many others, our book group’s facilitators focus on lifting up parents and facilitate the sharing of practical parenting strategies

The time for this book group is 6-7:30 pm.

Facilitated by: Lisa Fiess and Erin Shea

Virtual, Monthly throughout the school year: 

9/1 - Presentation

10/13, 11/10, 12/1, 1/5, 2/2, 3/2, 4/6


Make Your Worrier a Warrior“Parents can team up with their children or teens to help them do the most courageous thing they will ever have to do: conquer their Worry Monster. Make Your Worrier a Warrior provides useful and comforting methods that parents can use to help their children create an anxiety-reducing "toolbox" to carry with them wherever they go. In building this foundation for their children, parents might even find that these strategies will work just as effectively to manage their own anxieties.”

The time for this book group is 6-7:30 pm.

Facilitated by: Casey Gardner and Joy Hetzler

Virtual, Twice-monthly throughout the first semester: Dates: 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/13 or 27, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/15

Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents

Join the Jeffco GT Social/Emotional Learning Counselors Julio Ocana and Laurie Perea along with other parents in your community, twice  a month, throughout the second semester.  Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children (Anxiety Series) by by Reid Wilson and Lynn Lyons;

Facilitated by Julio Ocaña and Laurie Perea;

The time for this book group is 6-7:30 pm.

Virtual, Twice-monthly throughout the second semester: Dates: 1/10, 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25

East Arvada Gifted Guardians Social and Study

Parents and families of gifted students in the Arvada High School (AHS) articulation area (Arvada K-8, Foster PK-8, Hackberry Hill Elementary, Lawrence Elementary, North Arvada Middle, Peck Elementary, Secrest Elementary, Swanson Elementary, Thomson Elementary), we want to build community! You are invited to join our monthly, in-person social and study gathering. We plan to meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at AHS for an opportunity to learn about your GT child(ren) while socializing with others in our community. The agenda for the year is subject to change based on your feedback about your needs. As a starting point, these are the proposed meeting dates and topics: 

In Person: Dates: (second Monday of each month)

9/12  The OTHER Characteristics of Gifted Kids

10/10 Self-Advocacy Specific to YOUR Learner

11/14 Strengths-based Studenting and Parenting

12/12 Strengths and Challenges in Executive Skills

1/9 Understanding and Unlocking Motivation

2/13 Brain Science and Emotional Regulation

3/13 Escaping Thinking Traps - Addressing the Chatter

4/10 Collaborative and Proactive Solutions

The content is inspired by many books, so no need to purchase. The meet-ups will be facilitated by Steph Buehrle and other partners from the area, district, and GT community.

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