Letting Go of Perfect ~ Hope Wilson, PhD

In this virtual presentation, Dr. Wilson will address overcoming perfectionism in children. The presentation will give parents and teachers the guidance and support they need to help children break free of the anxieties and behaviors related to perfectionism.

For children who believe their best is never good enough, perfectionism can lead to excessive guilt, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, depression, pessimism, obsessive and compulsive behavior, and a sense of rigidity. By delineating the major types of perfectionists and providing practical tips, the authors show parents and teachers how they can help these children effectively control their perfectionist tendencies and use those to their advantage.

This engaging, practical presentation is a must-see for parents, teachers, and counselors wanting to help children overcome perfectionism, raise self-confidence, lessen guilt, increase motivation, and offer a future free of rigidity.

Presenter: Hope E. Wilson, PhD




Hope Wilson2Hope E. Wilson, PhD completed her doctorate in Gifted Education at the University of Connecticut. She has previously servedNAGC as the R&E Network Awards Co-chair, coordinating the dissertation award and the research gala, the Arts Division Newsletter Editor, and on the Development Committee. She was awarded Graduate Student of the Year by NAGC. Hope is a co-author of Letting Go Of Perfect: Overcoming Perfectionism in Kids (2009, Prufrock Press). She has been published in Journal for the Education of the Gifted, Gifted Child Today, and the Journal of Advanced Academics. Her cartoons are a regular feature in Teaching for High Potential. She is currently an assistant professor at University of North Florida, and has previously been the assistant editor for the Journal of Advanced Academics and an assistant professor at Stephen F. Austin State University. Her research has included gifted identification, acceleration, academic self-concept, and arts integration for gifted students, using HLM and SEM, as well as qualitative, methodologies.