Circle of Healing practitioner Dr. Trevor Tebbs is somewhat unusual! His professional activities encompass a number of different worlds.
He is equally comfortable teaching young people Educational Psychology as a college professor, working with parents and teachers as an Educational Consultant, working with individuals across the lifespan in a clinical environment as a cognitive behavioral psychotherapist or painting a watercolor.
A common factor in dealing with people is his passionate interest and expertise in the wide, often extremely complex, array of educational and social emotional issues associated with high levels of intellectual and creative ability.
Trevorâ€™s initial training was in England as a regular and special education teacher. Over the years he has experienced teaching in a wide array of settings on both sides of the Atlantic. He has been vice-principal in an English special school for children with severe cognitive and physical disability and Assistant Director of the University of Connecticut (UConn) Honors Program. At college level he has taught a diversity of courses including the exploration of Arthurian myths and realities in ancient texts and historical places in England and Wales, Art Education, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Drawing and Sculpture.
After developing a keen interest in the exceptionally able, Trevor discovered a significant lack of knowledge and understanding existed regarding this population. The problem motivated him to learn more. His graduate work at the University of Connecticut involved studying with Dr. Joseph Renzulli, world-renown leader in gifted education based at the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRCG/T). This experience prepared him to address the educational and social emotional needs of gifted and talented children, their parents and teachers in a number of different ways, including counseling.
In the clinical context, Trevor helps clients – pre-school aged children through to adults, examine their potential for personal transformation and experience the psychological healing that accompanies a raised awareness of self. Emotional and other â€œintensityâ€ is often associated with giftedness. In this regard, Trevor is reliant upon the work of Kazimierz Dabrowski, whose two theories – OverExcitability and Positive Disintegration, are exceptionally insightful when considering the development of full intellectual potential and emotional well-being.
If there is time to spare, Trevor enjoys painting watercolors or working with pastel. He especially loves land and seascapes. In the past he has had major exhibitions of his work, notably a one-man exhibition of his watercolors at the International Monetary Fund Headquarters in Washington D.C.
Dr. Tebbs offers professional insight & support for parents, teachers, children, adolescents and adults including:
â€¢ Identification & assessment
â€¢ Psychological testing (e.g., WISC-IV)
â€¢ Interpretation of psychological and other assessment measures (e.g. Stanford-Binet)
â€¢ Curriculum development
â€¢ Counseling around emotional, social, & educational issues
â€¢ Stratagems for talent development
â€¢ Individual support & guidance
â€¢ Help with decision-making strategies
â€¢ Career choices
â€¢ Development of self-awareness
â€¢ College entrance and transition
â€¢ Workshops & seminars
Examples of concerns with which Dr. Tebbs is familiar:
â€¢ Advanced ability yet underachievement
â€¢ Boredom at school and/or at home
â€¢ Lack of challenge at school and/or home
â€¢ Depression and related issues
â€¢ Perfectionism, fear of failure, & procrastination
â€¢ Social interaction and dumbing-down
â€¢ School phobia
â€¢ Unusual intellectual intensity
â€¢ Unusual levels of physical activity
â€¢ Constant pressure to work & inability to relax
â€¢ Difficulties in finding appropriate education
â€¢ Behavior management problems
â€¢ Low self-esteem and self-efficacy
â€¢ Twice exceptionality
â€¢ Lack of direction
â€¢ Too many choices and inability to make decisions
If, as a parent or teacher or student, you share these concerns we may be able to offer advice, guidance, and/or direct help on a systematic or individual basis
Trevor may be contacted by calling: (802) 770 0680, (802) 273 3882 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. His services are also available at the Vermont Educational Support Associates (VESA) office, 1085A, Route 4 East, Rutland, VT 05701, (802) 775 6331.