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2017 WCGTC Biennial World Conference

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4.5.4 Bright to brilliant: Coaching for high ability children and their families

The worldwide body for coaches—the International Coach Federation—defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximise their personal potential. Bringing coaching out of the boardroom and into the playroom (and classroom) is certainly new. Applied to high ability children and their families, coaching allows potential and capacity to be realised earlier. Presented with new and rigorous research from the fields of Positive Psychology, the use of higher-order questioning, and the efficacy of strengths-based assessments, this comparatively new field is explored from theory through to practice.


Alan D. Thompson
Life Architect

Alan is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost gifted coaches. He specialises in working with families, and is an expert on high performance. Alan is the National Gifted Children’s Coordinator for Australian Mensa, and sits on the Gifted Youth Committee for Mensa International. He is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. He is also a Certified Genius Coach. Alan was the principal consultant to GE General Electric’s Decoding Genius series. Alan has published several works, including the recent book BRIGHT: Seeing superstars, listening to their worlds, and moving out of the way. More at:


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