The 37th Global Virtual Meeting for Gifted Education - October 26th 2013

Prof. Dr. Bonnie Cramond is a professor and the director of the Torrance Center for Creative Studies and Talent Development in the Department of Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology at the University of Georgia.

Cramond studies children who are ... well, different. She studies the behaviors of children categorized as “strange.” What she has discovered is that “strange” children are often creative geniuses living in noncreative worlds. As an international and national speaker, she has published numerous articles and a book on creativity research, and she teaches classes on giftedness and creativity. Her work centers particularly in the identification and nurturance of creativity, especially among students considered at risk because of their different ways of thinking, such as those misdiagnosed with ADHD, emotional problems, or those who drop out.

Cramond is a member of the board of directors of the National Association for Gifted Children, a former editor of the Journal of Secondary Gifted Education, and on the review boards of several other journals.

Titel: "The Role of the School and Home in the Development of Children’s Creativity"

Dr. Grace Malonai is a professional psychologist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the San Francisco area, who specializes in parenting, giftedness and high sensitivity.
Description:
Grace Malonai, Ph.D., LPCC (LPC252), is an interactive and eclectic psychotherapist who has been providing therapy services in the San Francisco area since 1998. She works with parents, couples, children, teens, families, and adults, and specializes in development concerns, including gifted development and high sensitivity.
She completed her graduate work at California Graduate School of Psychology/Argosy University, and has received intensive training in family systems, child and adult development, Relational-Cultural work, Depth Oriented Brief Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. In addition to a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Grace holds a M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology, and a B.S. degree in Nutrition Science, with an emphasis in physiological chemistry, from U.C. Davis. She has been an instructor at St. Mary’s College of California since 2003, where she has taught Human Development, Group Theory and Practice, Supervision, various other psychology and management courses, and served on thesis committees.
Grace is a co-founder of the Gifted Identity Project (see http://www.facebook.com/GiftedIdentityProject). Her interest in the study of gifted development blossomed when she began homeschooling her gifted son. She has been a presenter at the Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children, SENG, and other conferences, and is a certified SENG Model Parent Group facilitator.
Grace is a member of the American Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, the American Counseling Association, Contra Costa Psychological Association, and SENG (among others). She believes in service to her community, and has served on a committee for the American Association for Women In Psychology, and has been a contributor to their newsletter.