SENG Europe’s History:

Changing Lives, Changing Futures!

SENG stands for "Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted" and was founded in 1981 by the renowned psychologist James T. Webb. The original American organization thus already has an almost forty-year history of supporting the emotional needs of the gifted through (psycho) education, parent support groups, webinars, annual international conferences, and more.

The Board of SENG Europe is most grateful for the recognition, endorsement, and support from SENG USA. For more information on SENG USA click here.

What distinguishes SENG from other organizations concerning giftedness, intelligence, and talent is that it does not focus on academics or performance. Instead, the focus is on the challenges, gifted individuals meet throughout their lives concerning their often high sensitivities, strong emotions, their vast array of interests, and much more.

SENG Europe was founded in July 2018 and is a Dutch-based NGO, committed to the same mission and holding the same values as SENG USA, while mindful of the difference and diversity that European cultures hold.

Despite a rough start especially because of the sudden and unexpected passing of James Webb in summer 2018, our team has persevered. We hold a deep commitment and a strong sense of duty forming the driving force of the organization. Spread out over five countries and with at least as many native languages, we forge on, meeting online twice a month or more building the organization slowly but thoroughly as our funds are quite limited and we are all volunteers.

Fortunately, within the Board of five gifted women, we have no dearth of creativity, inspiration, and ideas and with our drive, we hope to grow SENG Europe to be as equally respected as it’s USA counterpart.

The history of SENG Europe is thus a long one and a short one. We hope you will continue to support us as we grow and develop new services tailored to the European gifted community, where we can be enriched by the diversity throughout the European continent. In that, it is our desire that SENG may also pass on its legacy in Europe, building a rich and full history of our own by dedicated individuals called to action.

 

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Board members

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Dr. Raphaela Carrière

President

Dr. Raphaela M. Carrière is a psychologist in private practice providing support for gifted children, adolescents and adults in the international community of the Greater Geneva Area, in Switzerland. She also does consultancy work with schools in support of the needs of gifted children. Raphaela obtained her BA in International Relations and Psychology (double major) from Webster University Leiden and holds an MSc in Psychology (cum Laude) from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Subsequently, she earned her PhD from the Department of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Raphaela spent the first 15 years of her career primarily working as a scientific researcher at various Dutch universities and has considerable experience serving on the boards of various NGOs in The Netherlands. In 2007, she founded Optimal Learning Consultancies in The Netherlands where she specialized in (exceptional) giftedness and education for (exceptionally) gifted children, tailored curriculum development, coaching in developmental trajectories for both children and adults. She has extensive experience working with and advocating for gifted children and their families. She has also been involved in, and conducted research for, parent groups around issues of rights for vulnerable children, most with learning issues and/or school trauma.

Herself the mother of three exceptionally gifted children, Raphaela is keenly aware of the issues and challenges faced by children and their families, often pronounced and exacerbated in the context of school.

Nurseli Tamer

Treasurer

Nurseli Tamer graduated from University of Istanbul, majoring in Economics and Business Administration. Started her career at American Express Bank Istanbul and worked in several local banks. After her daughter was born in 1998, she had a change in career path and considers herself as promoted to be a mother. She started online education which included various gifted education including SENG seminars, certification. She Mastered on Management of Education from Bahcesehir University in 2014. She has several articles on cyberbullying and delivers seminars/speeches. She believes in life long learning and sharing the same. For over a decade she voluntarily works with Moms of gifted as well as of cyberbullying prevention.  Her motto is, “Educate Moms educate the future”. She is interested  in order to give back to society/community.

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Joke de Witt

Board member

Joke de Witt, B.Ed, is a part-time primary school teacher at a unique democratic/sociocratic school in the Netherlands. She is a Dutch national, previously Head of the Information- and Advice Department of De Baak, a reputable management training institute and before that, a finance officer and adivser at a Dutch bank. She also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector primarily in the field of giftedness, Joke has been an active member of Mensa in the Netherlands for almost 20 years and has an extensive network, working with many different foundations for the good of the gifted community. Joke co-organizes gatherings for parents of gifted children geared at informing them of their legal position regarding education. To this end, she is also closely involved in supporting parents find their way through the maze of regulations whilst keeping the best interest of gifted children on the foreground (not an easy task). Further, she co-organised a pilot school for gifted children who were no longer able to attend regular schools, many of whom due to their emotional needs and high sensitivities. For this, she and her colleagues were nominated for the Mensa Award 2018. Joke also publishes in national forums about her work with parents of gifted kids.

Joke looks forward to expanding SENG’s scope across Europe; speaking four European languages will serve her well in the forging bonds with new European partners and working with international volunteers. Herself the gifted mother of an exceptionally gifted teenage son, she has first hand experience with the struggles that the gifted face in society, thereby recognising the necessity to support their emotional needs.

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Tina Refning

Board member

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Sarah Smaïl

Secretary

Sarah is a journalist and educator based in Paris, France. Having lived in both Algeria and France as kid, she experienced the challenges of growing up “different” between different cultures and social contexts. She started working in education nearly 20 years ago in such diverse contexts, with a focus on gifted teenagers. As a journalist, she often covers education and social issues. She has also been working at organizing international education conferences. Having found out about giftedness about ten years ago, she instantly felt that she had to contribute, do something to bring the gifted population the understanding and support it should have. She therefore set up a structure in Paris to support gifted children and adults through the challenges that come with not being a “normie”. She is thrilled to be part of SENG Europe and hopes with the SENG Europe team to create opportunities for support, networking and learning as efficiently and brilliantly as SENG has in the US.

Values

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.

Summary Business Plan SENG Europe

SENG Europe is a newly founded Dutch based NGO aiming to support the emotional needs of the gifted community at large throughout Europe, through the spreading of up to date information pertaining to the emotional needs of the gifted, offering trainings and webinars, organizing both international (European) and local conferences and offering a platform for the international gifted community to connect. Though there are other organizations serving the needs of the gifted in various roles and capacities, SENG Europe is unique in it’s mission to specifically addressbusiness the emotional needs of the gifted. Moreover, it is the distinct goal to bring together the gifted in their cultural diversity with the intention to enrich any existing local gifted communities.

Organization

SENG Europe (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) is an independent Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in July 2018 in The Netherlands. SENG Europe is a nonprofit organization devoted to empowering families and communities to guide gifted, talented and twice exceptional individuals to reach their goals intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Our Foundation consists of an internationally based Board of Directors and an Executive Director based in The Netherlands. All contribute their time and expertise on a pro bono basis. Since our founding in the summer of 2018, we have met several times live in The Netherlands and we hold monthly or bimonthly meetings online. Further, SENG Europe will also build on a strong volunteer community to prepare materials, run our newsletter, maintain our website and organize (local) events, trainings, and (mini) conferences. SENG USA also has the custom to work with liaisons, spokespersons that promote SENG’s mission and services. SENG Europe we will develop similar local representatives and alliances.

Services

Some of the services we will be offering are a monthly newsletter, (online) webinars and training, as well as (online) conferences. Together with our liaisons, we would also like to organize local mini-conferences and other relevant events. Additionally, we will organize SENG Model Parent Group (SMPG) facilitator trainings. As well as building a database of professionals around Europe who can provide local services and gifted support in your community. Further, SENG Europe is developing some new ideas for the European Community.

Market & Collaborators

The main target market for SENG Europe is the gifted community at large in Europe. However, many services are also open to those who wish to learn more about the gifted for example because they work with them. Because the gifted can be found in all walks of life, different socio-economic and educational backgrounds, and of diverse cultural background, the demographics are in fact dispersed. Moreover, giftedness runs the entire life span, from infancy through old age making both services and marketing complex to target.

As the gifted are a minority group not unified by any clear demographics, there is need to facilitate connections across borders. In the context of European unity, there is potentially much to be learned from each other ranging from best practices for teachers to national legislation. Because support also has a basis in the community we perceive great value in sharing and learning from other cultures within the European Community. In this regard, SENG Europe sees great richness in the diversity.

Charity status & Marketing, Milestones

SENG Europe is a legal entity based in The Netherlands, governed by Dutch law. The legal form is a foundation, which means that SENG Europe will not have members, but rather, rely on benefactors, donors, friends of, and subscribers. SENG has made an application to obtain the Dutch charity status (ANBI), which places conditions [1] on types of activities and finances financial polic[2] y to which SENG adheres. The ANBI status is required in The Netherlands in order for benefactors to deduct any donations from their taxes.

Marketing is a topic that is frequently addressed in some form during our regular meetings. There will be ongoing development of both the organization and of content, fundraising activities, networking, translation and expanding website, revision payment structure. These activities will all be in line with the regulations pertaining to the charity status.

Finance

Apart from the investment of time by our volunteers, there are obviously also running costs that cannot be paid for in ‘natura’ as well as activities that often require professional to deliver a standard of quality. For these we need financial support. As a start-up NGO, SENG Europe received a small fund available to cover the bare essential start-up costs such as notary costs, website hosting and so on.

In terms of generating income independently, the primary source of income for SENG Europe is projected to be donations and both European and local grants and subsides. There are in fact many different types of subsidies and grants possible, both at a local level as well as European, and the European Community is a strong proponent of activities and organizations that unite European countries. Other forms of income generation are also being examined.

Remuneration policy

The Board of Directors upholds financial policies which by all terms are ethical, transparent and in line with EU and Dutch laws and in line with the Dutch Charity (ANBI) status.

SENG Europe is funded through membership fees, projects (SMPG), grants, and donations, all of which also from ethical origin and in line with ANBI compliance regulations.

The Board of Directors contribute their time and expertise on a pro bono basis. SENG Europe works with volunteers, who devote their time and expertise to the mission of SENG Europe.

The board and volunteers of SENG Europe do not receive a monetary reward for the time and expertise devoted to SENG Europe. Reïmbursement of expenses may occur only when funds permit and in compliance with EU and Dutch laws and in compliance with ANBI regulations.