.Summit Center offers an array of options for education and support for our clients, including:
- Group therapy for younger clients
- Online “virtual” discussion groups for parents and individuals
- Webinar video courses (previously recorded) on a variety of topics
- Podcasts from Dr. Dan Peters
- Summit Center Blog articles by Summit Center professionals.
Winter 2021 (Feb.-Mar.)
Virtual – Everywhere
Summit Center now offers Group Therapy. To meet the needs of more children and families, we will be offering focused weekly discussion and support groups beginning the first week in February. Each group meets virtually for 8 weeks with a concluding session for parents during the week of March 29. We request signup by Jan. 15. To learn more, please email email@example.com or call our office at (925) 939-7500 or (310) 478-6505.
The Preschool Buddy Group: Building Social Skills Together, for ages 4-5
Led by Amy Feldman, LEP, of Summit Center Walnut Creek
Meets Wednesdays, 11:30am – 12pm (begins February 3)
The Preschool Buddy Club is designed for 4- and 5-year-olds who would benefit from building their foundational social skills and increasing self-confidence in interactions with peers. We will work on conversational turn-taking, sharing our ideas, asking questions and noticing things about each other during structured but playful online sessions. Parents will be provided with a weekly prep-package to help their children get ready for our sessions and to practice previously learned skills. Sessions are only 30 minutes due to age.
Gifted Teens: Navigating Social Situations, for ages 14-18
Led by Dr. Lisa Hancock, of Summit Center Torrance
Meets Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm (begins February 4)
This group is intended as a safe space for gifted teens to explore and talk about topics they may be struggling to process including current events, navigating social situations, planning for college, dating, etc. with a focus on respecting different viewpoints, conversational skills, and the pros/cons of blending in versus standing out.
Girl Talk, for ages 14-16
Led by Dr. Lisa White and Gohar Jaffer, of Summit Center Walnut Creek
Meets Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm (begins February 3)
Girl Talk is a weekly group for girls to talk about topics that are important to them – their identities, their lives, their place in the world, and the issues they face. This confidential group will provide a place for girls to share their thoughts, get support, and hopefully have some lively conversations.
Unstuck: Executive Functioning Skills for Teens, for ages 14-18
Dr. Rupa Robbins and Olivia McDonald of Summit Center Walnut Creek
Meets Thursdays, 4:00-5:00 pm (begins February 4)
Unstuck is a weekly group for teens to learn skills to manage their school work and achieve their potential. Participants in Unstuck will learn tools and tricks to help them set goals, break down assignments and projects, and manage their time effectively. We will also devote time and space to discussing the difficulties of distance (or hybrid) learning and how to finish the school year strongly.
“SIBS,” for ages 11-13
Led by Amy Feldman, LEP, of Summit Center Walnut Creek
Meets Fridays, 4:00-5:00 pm (begins February 5)
SIBS is a weekly discussion and support group for the siblings of children with significant social, emotional or behavioral needs. The goal of our sessions will be to create a supportive community of teens who understand both the joys and the challenges of living in a house with differently wired siblings. We will get to know each other, share our experiences and have some fun in the process.
Interested in any of these groups? We request signup by Jan. 15. Talk to your Summit Center professional, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our office at (925) 939-7500 or (310) 478-6505.
Summit Center Webinar Series
Recordings are available of these unique presentations from Summit Center professionals, talking about issues affecting your life and your family. Each webinar costs $29.99, or $19.99 if you purchase two or more (use promo code “multi”). Price includes unlimited viewing of the recording on demand.
Webinar recordings include:
❖Supporting Smart Girls – Webinar with Dr. Lisa White
❖Time Management Skills for Your Child – Webinar with Deanna Kim
❖Psychosocial Development of Gifted Children – Webinar with Dr. Stephen Chou
❖Math Difficulties: Reasons and Remedies – Webinar with Dr. Nancy Knop
❖Living With Intensity: Understanding the the Gifted Child – Webinar with Dr. Susan Daniels
❖I can take care of myself! How come you didn’t wake me up? Navigating the Parent-Teen Relationship – Webinar with Dr. Dan Peters
❖Organizing Chaos: Solutions for Everyday Life in A Gifted Family – Webinar with Kathleen Crombie
❖New! Doodle, Draw & Paint with Susan: Creativity Classes for Parents, Teachers, and Kids
Supporting Smart Girls – Webinar with Dr. Lisa White (recording). Smart girls in today’s culture experience a lot of ups and downs. In this one-hour webinar, Summit Center’s Dr. Lisa White, licensed psychologist, discusses the difficulty of being a smart girl, cool things about being a smart girl, the (sometimes unrealistic) expectations that bright girls face, trouble with fitting in at school and with peers, portrayals in the media, and what parents and schools can do to help. For parents of girls ages 6-16.
Lisa White, Ph.D., provides comprehensive psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations and consultations with families and teachers. She has been working with gifted children and families since 2003.
Does your child seem unaware of passing time and often lose track of time?
Is your child overwhelmed, sleep deprived, or chronically late to school as a result of poor time management?
Research shows that our brain rewires itself based on how we use it. Then, how can we help our kids develop a daily and weekly habit of being intentional with their time? This one-hour webinar will address the complexity of time management and the associated brain skills for youngster’s brains. Summit Center educational therapist Deanna Kim will also explore strategies to nurture our conversations with our children on time awareness and make time more visible. Join us on this journey to foster a lifelong skill so that your child can thrive in school and beyond.
Deanna Kim, M.Ed., provides educational therapy for executive functioning and math at Summit Center Walnut Creek. She coaches students in executive functioning to improve T.O.P. skills (Time Management, Organization, and Planning). For math support, Deanna uses Making Math Real methodology and integrates interactive games and a whiteboard to assess, personalize, and reinforce the needs of each student. Prior to joining Summit Center, she was a learning specialist at the Ann Martin Center and Valley Montessori School.
The growth and development of gifted children is a wondrous process. Incorporating concepts within the field of giftedness (such as precocity, asynchronous development, and overexcitabilities), this webinar will help parents understand their child’s social and emotional development. Parents will also learn how to help their child navigate through potential emotional difficulties and overcome limitations.
Stephen H. Chou, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Summit Center and at his private practice in Millbrae, CA. Dr. Chou leads Summit Center’s doctoral training program and is an adjunct professor with the Alliant International University – California School of Professional Psychology. He has specialties in Family/Child and Multicultural/Community counseling and psychological assessment, especially within the field of giftedness.
Why do students have difficulty with school math? How can parents, teachers, and students themselves get past difficulty and into success? Summit Center Educational Therapist Nancy Knop, Ph.D, ET/P, presents potential reasons for difficulty, including Developmental dyscalculia, Perception and processing issues, Foundation gaps, and Math anxiety. These interact to make difficulty more confusing to sort out. If foundation gaps and math anxiety are the only problems, it is easier to remediate – and the sooner, the better. Perception/processing and neurodevelopmental issues need to be assessed and identified to be remedied, and either or both of these also lead to foundation gaps and math anxiety. In this webinar, Dr. Knop will address all four areas and talk about specific steps to take to move from math difficulty to confidence and competence in school math and in math for life. This information will help students help themselves and advocate for support, it will help parents communicate with kids and teachers, and it will help teachers understand how to help students who struggle with math.
Dr. Nancy Knop E.T./P, was an Educational Therapist for over ten years. In addition, she previously taught science for 23 years to grades 7-12 at Head Royce and served as Department Chair. She speaks on topics related to the brain and learning at conferences, school professional development sessions, and to parents and students across the country.
I can take care of myself! How come you didn’t wake me up? Navigating the Parent-Teen Relationship – Webinar with Dr. Dan Peters (recording). Wondering what happened to your child? Remember those days when everything you said wasn’t seen as annoying? Are you questioning your effectiveness as a parent? These are common questions and experiences of those parenting a teen. Try not to take it personally. Your teens actually aren’t thinking about you, they are focused on themselves – and it is developmentally appropriate (though frustrating). This webinar will discuss the multiple developmental challenges your teen is facing, the current technology culture that makes the growing up and parenting role more complex, and ways to relate to your teen in ways that increase positive interactions and decrease conflict. And remember, adolescence is fortunately a temporary condition.
Dan Peters, Ph.D., is an author and licensed psychologist who has devoted his career to helping children, adolescents and families engage in life so that they can realize their full potential. Dr. Peters is co-founder and Executive Director of the Summit Center in California, where he is available for consultation.
In this webinar, Dr. Susan Daniels will explore the overexcitabilities and complex nature of the gifted child. Overexcitabiities (OEs) – psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational, and emotional – are central to the personality, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development of the gifted. Overexcitabilities confer certain advantages for gifted development and at the same time render the gifted vulnerable to being misunderstood, and potentially, misidentified. We will address the advantages and the challenges associated with overexcitability along with strategies for helping gifted children modulate their OEs and channel these energies most positively.
Dr. Susan Daniels is co-founder and Educational Director of Summit Center as well as Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University – San Bernardino. Dr. Daniels is an internationally recognized expert in the field of gifted education and co-author of “Living with Intensity” (Great Potential Press, 2008).
Living in a gifted family can be chaotic. Overwhelmed with schedule and time management? Exhausted trying to keep everything and everyone on track? Frazzled when you can’t find what you need? We will explore which organizing methods increase emotional connection and functioning within the gifted family.
Kathleen Crombie, M.A., M.Ed., provides Therapeutic Organizing™ and consultation services for gifted adults, children and families at Summit Center. Ms. Crombie also offers “Overwhelmed by Life Clutter” workshops and support groups for gifted adults and families in the Chicago area and virtually.
Education and creativity expert Dr. Susan Daniels brings us free and easy doodle and drawing activities that you can do at home with your kids! Learn how to make simple drawings, fun doodles, and other pieces that will let you express your creativity without complicated materials or previous experience. Just grab a pencil and a piece of paper – and perhaps some marker or paints – and join us! Watch our video trailer at https://youtu.be/_XniuHFzPt4. Live classes are over, but you can still sign up for FREE and watch prior classes at https://conta.cc/2VffrrX.
Dr. Susan Daniels is co-founder and Educational Director of Summit Center as well as Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University – San Bernardino. Dr. Daniels is an internationally recognized expert in the field of gifted education and co-editor of “Living with Intensity” (Great Potential Press, 2008) and “Raising Creative Kids.”