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February Salon: Working with Gifted Clients

  • 9 Feb 2019
  • 9:45 AM - 11:45 AM (MST)
  • 26465 Carmel Rancho Blvd., #3, Carmel, CA
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Please note: This event is full, and registration is now closed.


               Working with Gifted Clients:  How and Why It Is Different, and What to Do When You Suspect You Have One

Saturday, February 9, 2019

9:45 am - 11:45 am

MarthaElin Mountain is a psychotherapist and a consultant who works with adults and professionals. The five core areas of treatment in her therapy practice include:

            •  Effects of trauma

            •  Painful memories

            •  Developmental “stuckness”

            •  Emotional and cognitive roadblocks to thriving

            •  Difficult adjustment to midlife, post-menopause, and elder years

In addition to her clinical practice, MarthaElin provides consultation for gifted adults, educators and other professionals, and parents of gifted children.

The minds of gifted adults and children have intrigued MarthaElin for the past 40 years.  It was in her early years of teaching, when she was invited to develop and teach the gifted and talented program at an elementary school, that she began reading and studying the research about giftedness and how to apply it with children.

Program Goals:

Participants in this salon will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the unique social-emotional challenges and risks that gifted individuals face.
  • Learn some of the clues to someone being gifted (vs. “smart”).
  • Identify 3 MISdiagnoses that MDs and therapists often give to gifted individuals and explain why this happens.
  • Describe effective ways to engage and collaborate with gifted and creative adults in a clinical setting.
  • Understand when a referral or consult may be a therapist’s next step when working with a gifted client.

Program Learning Objectives:

1.  Describe 2 or more approaches to engaging a gifted client in a clinical setting.

2.  Name 3 or more inner concerns and challenges of gifted individuals.

3.  Summarize why gifted clients/patients are commonly misdiagnosed.

4.  List 4 differences between “smart” and “gifted” ways of thinking.

5.  Discuss some of the characteristics that distinguish the accelerated brain from the “mainstream” brain.

Presenter Bio

MarthaElin Mountain, Ed.D., LMFT is a sole practitioner who provides Psychotherapy and Consultation Services for adults and professionals.

MarthaElin Mountain earned her graduate degrees at Stanford; UC, Berkeley; and Chapman Universities. In 2001, after 30+ years in Education, Management Consulting, Qualitative Evaluation, and Leadership Development, MarthaElin answered her “call” to become a mental health professional.  “At last,” she says, “I have landed!”


Psychotherapy for: Effects of trauma, Painful memories, Developmental “stuckness”, Emotional and cognitive roadblocks, Difficult adjustment to shifts/challenges in midlife, post-menopause, elder years

Consultation (information, problem solving, and other support) re:  Unique social-emotional needs, risks, and diagnostic challenges of being gifted, Intuition development, High sensitivity

MCI(Mild Cognitive Impairment) Screening is available: a brief, preliminary assessment to rule out need for comprehensive neurocognitive evaluation by specialists

Treatment modalities include Mindfulness practices, Somatic and Sensorimotor therapies, EMDR, Ego State, CBT, Jungian depth work, image-based and metaphorical interventions.  MarthaElin draws heavily on current research in the neurobiology of brain-body-spirit dynamics and trauma effects.  She uses a variety of visual aids to enhance client experience and understanding.

2 CEs are included in the registration cost for this presentation

(Psychologists and nurses, CE cost is $25. Please purchase CEs here.)


Licensed MC-CAMFT Members:  $10

Members of other local CAMFT chapters: $10

Licensed Non-Members and Guests:  $10

Pre-licensed:  $10

Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


Please contact Judy Masliyah at


Please Note: Certificates of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form.

MC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Provider# 050097.

APA Continuing Education Credit

  • American Psychological Association: The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs, MFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs for programs from CE approved sponsors of the American Psychological Association. LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.
  • SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. For questions about these CE accreditations, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at

You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 14 days in advance of the event. No refunds for cancellations within 4 days of the event or for no-shows or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. All requests for refunds must be submitted to

Judy Masliyah at

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