SENG’s History: Changing Lives, Changing Futures!

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), was founded in 1981 by professor James T.Webb, following the suicide of a gifted young adult. In the movie embedded here, Dr. Webb shares his story exclusively for SENG Europe. The video was filmed in July of 2018, just days before Dr. Webb unexpectedly passed away.

Every day people work hard to provide support and understanding to gifted individuals and their families. We donate time, money and expertise so our communities in the diversity of European countries can better serve the social and emotional needs of gifted. We do this every day because it is needed. You can read more about our mission and vision below.


SENG Europe’s mission is to empower families and communities to guide gifted and talented individuals to reach their goals: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.


SENG envisions a world where gifted, talented and creative individuals are supported to build gratifying, meaningful lives and contribute to the well-being of others. To this end, SENG reaches out to diverse communities across Europe that share our mission and collaborate on this.


Community:  SENG works to provide services that help gifted individuals and their families connect with like-minded peers to share experiences and lend support.  This is reflected in our programming as well as our outreach. SENG works to collaborate with other agencies and partners within the gifted community to promote our mission and vision of social and emotional support to gifted individuals.

Compassion: compassion is an integral aspect of SENG’s mission — it determines how we treat our staff, volunteers, our constituents and all other stakeholders.

Inclusiveness and Diversity: SENG is an inclusive, welcoming, respectful community of people with varying human characteristics, ideas, cultural practices, worldviews, sexual orientations, identities, and experiences working together to support the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals. SENG honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We celebrate, respect, and include all people, cultures, regions, religions, and political views. We pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse communities, traditions, heritages, and experiences.

Growth:  SENG seeks sustainable, profitable growth by encouraging pursuit of our vision, quality standards in our programming, excellence in implementation, innovation in product development, collaboration with affiliates, commitment to service and dedication to leadership in all of our programming.

Gratitude:  SENG is grateful for the inherent goodness of the gifted community. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits that we have received through the generosity of our donors and we are thankful for them.  We acknowledge that people gave us many gifts and we are thankful for their continuing generosity.

Integrity, Transparency and Honesty:  SENG employs the highest ethical standards, demonstrating honesty and fairness in every action that we take. All staff, board members and volunteers of the organization act with honesty, integrity and openness in all their dealings as representatives of the organization.

Responsible Representation:  We are committed to careful stewardship of all human, natural, and financial resources. This means we use carefully the time and talents of those working with our organization. We are environmentally responsible, and we spend wisely the funds invested in us.