Let's Get to Know One Other

Catherine Gruener, M.A., M.A., LCPC, NCC, DCC

Founder & Owner, Gruener Consulting LLC

CEO of the Encouragement Parenting Division

M.A. in Neuropsychology, M.A. in Professional Counseling

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 

National Certified Counselor

Distance Credentialed Counselor

Certified Positive Discipline Educator (PDTC) and Trainer Candidate

Executive Board Member, Secretary, Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling in Illinois

Member, Social and Emotional (now Sub-committee) of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children (since 2009)

Ok, I can sit here and write about my degree in neuropsychology and degree in clinical counseling.  I can talk about how I've been assessing, counseling, and helping others be their best selves through research and clinical jobs since 1994.  I could even tell you about all the awards I've gotten over the years, but I suspect you already know about all that, and if you don't, you can easily find it elsewhere on the internet.  More importantly you would like to know what I know about gifted children and parents, and who I am.

        Hi, I'm Catherine.  Since 2009 I have dedicated myself to understanding what this thing "Gifted" means, all the characteristics, the ups, the downs, the ins and outs about gifted children and families.  I've been trained in counseling gifted, wrote a blog that I took down and am moving into this community, have been active as a board member for the social and emotional lives of Gifted children, have given talks across the U.S. and across the Greater Chicagoland area, spearheaded an initiative across the Chicago-land area to educate mental health professionals on the unique characteristics of gifted children, convinced IAGC to work on educating all school social workers on the social and emotional characteristics of gifted, and even self-published a book, "What to Expect When You Have the Unexpected, Parenting Young Gifted Children."   Would you like to know more? Listen to the interview above from 2011 and follow me on Social Media.

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