Psychotherapie voor hoogbegaafden; Uitdaging of zegen? (Engels)


Psychotherapy for the Gifted: Challenge or Blessing?

A unique masterclass with teachers from the United States, New Zealand and the Netherlands.

March 27, 2017

The Gifted Adults Foundation (IHBV) and RINO Zuid present a masterclass on psychotherapy for the gifted.  Workshops and lectures will be delivered by clinicians specializing in working with gifted adults and young people. These include Lisa Erickson, Psychotherapist (USA), Maggie Brown, Counsellor and Therapist (New Zealand), and specialists from the Netherlands.

Being gifted is not always a gift.  Personal, relational and environmental factors combine to make navigating life difficult for those who are so ‘different’.  Exploratory research done by the IHBV found that 2/3 of respondents have had some form of psychological treatment, suggesting that gifted people often suffer and seek help.

Unfortunately there is a lack of information about giftedness in adults generally, including amongst mental health professionals.  This, combined with ideas about giftedness that are out of date, means that at best clients are disappointed, and at worst, misdiagnosed or ignored.

Clinicians working with the gifted are aware that working effectively with this client group requires specific knowledge to guide diagnosis and treatment, and to shape a truly therapeutic relationship.


This Masterclass provides an opportunity to gain important knowledge and skills specific to working with gifted adults and young people.

The workshops and lectures are aimed at health professionals interested in the effects of giftedness on mental health.  Suitable for psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and others with clinical interest.


Accreditation requests are being sent out to the Dutch associations: NVvP, FGzPt, NVO/NIPK&J, VNP and NIP-EL.

Enrolment fee:

€ 350,00. Beverages, lunch and a light meal are included.


You can enrol via this link


RINO Zuid building
Vitruviusweg 2, 5624 AD

NOTE: for navigation insert: Pastoor Duséeplein Eindhoven.


  • 9.00: Reception and registration
  • 9.40: Introduction to the Masterclass
  • 10.00: Introduction to the topic of Giftedness and mental health.
  • 11.15: BREAK
  • 11.30: Parallel sessions on casuistic
    • ​​Breakout sessions. Short case descriptions are handed out with questions. People sit in small groups (max 4) and discuss. All speakers walk and people can ask questions.
  • 12.30: LUNCH
  • 13.30: Round 1: Choose between four workshops
  • 15.00: BREAK
  • 15.30: Round 2: Choose between four workshops
  • 17.00: Light meal
  • 18.00: Choose between two options:
    • Discussion Groups. Join in facilitated conversations about awareness, training, family therapy, twice exceptional, career, university, and parenthood.
    • Supervision sessions focussed on individual clients (small group format).
  • 19.00: Feedback from discussion groups
  • 19.30: Plenary discussion
  • 20.00: Closing of the Masterclass.  Refreshments.

Lecturers and guidance committee


  • Lisa Erickson, psychotherapist, Seattle, USA
  • Maggie Brown, counsellor and therapist, New Zealand
  • Corine van der Veer, psychotherapist, Van der Veer Consult, Nijmegen.
  • Cassandra Zuketto, psychiatrist, family therapist, Zuketto Consult, Nieuwegein.
  • Mia Frumau, health and developmental psychologist, psychotherapist, Psychologists practice Frumau, Vught.
  • Willy Peters, health psychologist
  • Team from psychologists practice Frumau, Vught:
    • Peter Roels (psychiatrist, psychotherapist),
    • Gerard van den Berg (SPV),
    • Fenne Frumau (MSc, MSc. res, health psychologist i.o.),
    • Anneloes van de Wetering (MSc, health psychologist i.p.),
    • Mia Frumau (health psychologist, psychotherapist),
    • Marij Persons (specialist gifted education ECHA, supra-school educator). 

Guidance committee:

  • Corine van der Veer, psychotherapist, Van der Veer Consult, Nijmegen.
  • Cassandra Zuketto, psychiatrist, family therapist, Zuketto Consult, Nieuwegein.
  • Mia Frumau, health and developmental psychologist, psychotherapist, Psychologists practice Frumau, Vught.
  • Noks Nauta, MD and psychologist, Gifted Adults Foundation, Delft.


Round 1:

  1. Giftedness, Addiction and Affect Regulation – Lisa Erickson

We will explore how the neurological differences (OE’s) associated with giftedness can present particular challenges to gifted adults who may look to substances to regulate and soothe their intensities, loneliness and sense of differentness.  We will examine how trauma, neglect and exploitation contribute to an increased risk of abuse among the gifted. Therapeutic techniques will be discussed that may improve treatment outcomes. Lisa will share case examples from her own  practice to illustrate her points.

  1. Cumulative Relational Misattunement and the Gifted – Maggie Brown

This presentation explores the impact of this subtle and chronic (‘water-torture’) trauma on the exquisitely sensitive gifted person. Often neglected by clinicians, cumulative trauma may be the ‘missing link’ in our practice.  Suitable for those working with any age group, discussion will focus on implications for practice and in particular the value of developmental and relational approaches, and an understanding of the neurobiology of trauma. Clinical case examples will be used.

  1. POSI model, a characteristic artistic plan on selfactualisation and wisdom – Mia Frumau

This presentation describes the model and explores the perspective of the cognitive intelligent child during various emotional phases of development. The impact of psychological injuries and the value and power of mentalization by teachers will be discussed. Mia will show the practical applicability of the POSI model. Mia will share case examples from her own practice to illustrate her points.

  1. Shame associated spectator/participant dilemma – Willy Peters

The turbulence experienced by the gifted in their puberty and adolescence often entails feelings of shame. The awareness of being different from peers, the increasing doubt regarding school functioning, the changes in family dynamics are some of the issues that have to be dealt with in this phase. In some cases, these youngsters need support to successfully cope with these developmental tasks. In the presentation, we focus on shame in the interaction of gifted youngsters with their social environment. What is going on, what support might they need and how could we be of use to them?

Round 2:

  1. Establishing a Therapeutic Alliance with Gifted Clients – Lisa Erickson 

We will explore why gifted clients need a clinician who is well-versed in this particular population, tips and techniques to build an alliance, and the similarities and differences between typical clients and gifted clients.  Lisa will describe the knowledge base you need regardless of your theoretical orientation, and share cases from her own clinical practice. The presenter has come to believe that the client’s understanding/integration of their own giftedness is an essential resource in the healing of their concerns.

  1. Positive Disintegration and the Gifted Adult – Maggie Brown

Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD) offers a non-pathologizing perspective on the crises experienced by many gifted clients.  Participants will be introduced to key concepts of TPD, with a focus on how this view of personality development is usefully applied to therapy with gifted adults. Clinicians interested in Positive Psychology will find TPD particularly relevant.

  1. Multidisciplinary work in multiple problem casuistry – Team PPFrumau 

In this presentation we will discuss our multidisciplinary approach to multi-problem gifted casuistry. We also will explore the cooperation of the multidisciplinary team of psychologenpraktijk Frumau and the joint supra-school education in (young) children. We want to give a look behind the scenes how we diagnose and treat complex casuistry in cooperation with the joint supra-school education. In school we often offer out of the box interventions. We also want to discuss our joint (psychology and education) prevention project for very young children and our joint project on how we keep dropouts into regular education. Our team: Peter Roels (psychiatrist, psychotherapist), Gerard van den Berg (SPV), Fenne Frumau (MSc, MSc. res, Gz psychologist i.o.), Anneloes van de Wetering (MSc, Gz psychologist i.p.), Willy Peters (Gz psychologist), Mia Frumau (Gz psychologist, psychotherapist) & Marij Persons (specialist gifted education ECHA, supra-school educator).

  1. A psychodynamic viewpoint on gifted child and especially youth – Willy Peters
    Psychodynamic theory offers a framework for understanding the emotional development of children through several stages into adulthood. Attachment is one of the major concepts from this tradition. But what about giftedness and psychodynamic views on development? Cognitive development does not take a prominent place in psychodynamic thinking.  Is this an omission that should be corrected, or is it a logical consequence of the focus of the psychodynamic view? In this session, we will explore the differences between the two perspectives, and possibly find a way to integrate them.
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