Nov 12, 2019 meeting: GUEST SPEAKER

Guest speaker for Denver TAA on Tuesday, November 12 Meeting in Denver
Catherine Mathon will be presenting at the Denver TAA in-person meeting on November 13. See speaker bio and meeting details below.

Giftedness: Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses – How Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is helpful for gifted and twice exceptional individuals.  

Description of presentation:
Gifted and twice exceptional children and adults are being misdiagnosed and given medication for disorders they don’t have. Some of the brightest, most creative children and adults are misdiagnosed as having behavioral or emotional disorders such as ADD/ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or Asperger’s Disorder. Many receive unneeded medications and/or inappropriate counseling. How can this happen?

Many physicians, psychologists, and counselors are unaware of the characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pathological diagnoses. This presentation gives an overview of typical behaviors of gifted children and adults and discusses ways in which parents and professionals can distinguish between behaviors that are pathological and those that are normal for gifted children. The second part of this presentation we will discuss how Equine Assisted therapy is a great therapeutic modality for gifted and twice exceptional individuals.
Catherine Mathon Bio
Catherine Mathon is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with gifted and twice-exceptional individuals (2e). She is working in her private practice in Boulder using Synergetic Play Therapy and Equine Assisted Therapy. Catherine graduated from Naropa University in 2015, and worked at Mount Saint Vincent and In Reach (BIPR) prior to launching her private practice in 2017. In addition, Catherine provides executive consulting services to help with organizational issues, c-level executive coaching, team building, and individual career coaching.

Meeting Location and Parking Information
WHEN: Tuesday, November 11th,  from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Trinity United Methodist Church in downtown Denver at 1820 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202 in room #114.

We meet at Trinity United Methodist in room #114. This room is on the first floor of the building, which is below street level. Enter on the street level doors on north side of church or the doors downstairs to the main office level, off Broadway. We will have signs to direct people to the meeting room.

Parking: You may choose to find parking in Denver at your own expense, or, in conjunction with a nearby parking garage, the church offers free parking to people attending events at their facility. For the steps to be followed for free parking: click here

Note: Our group is not affiliated with the church, but they offer space to community groups. We are a support group affiliated with the Tourette Association of America, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
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