GIFTED & CREATIVE Services is dedicated to
providing information and services that encompass and nourish the
whole gifted person and
meets emotional, intellectual, physical and educational needs.
Since our inception in 1979, our focus has been on all aspects
of giftedness. We know about emotional issues, intensity, sensitivity,
perfectionism, and the very real needs of visual-spatial learners.
We know how unique gifted individuals tend to be when it comes
to learning style and self expression.
The Director of Gifted & Creative Services Australia is Lesley
Sword, a consultant who specialises in the psychology of the gifted
and who has worked with gifted people of all ages for over 15 years.
Lesley has formal qualifications in psychology, education, consulting
and counselling. She also has extensive training in the social & emotional
development of the gifted with leading experts from the USA and
a Master's level unit in the Identification of Gifted Children
from Charles Sturt University. She specialises in the emotional
health and wellbeing of the gifted and has particular interest
and expertise in the area of the emotional intensity and sensitivity
of gifted children and the emotional and spiritual development
of gifted adults. Lesley also works from her experience as the
mother of adult gifted children.
Lesley has both expertise and years of experience
in assisting gifted people of all ages. She does this by analysing
personal, family, school and/or work situations, identifying barriers
to both personal achievement and achievement in the world and helping
them to develop strategy plans for overcoming these barriers.
has worked with gifted people of all ages for over 10 years and
has assisted more than 700 gifted individuals, families and
Lesley is an accredited service provider with the
Victorian Education Department Gifted Unit. She has studied with
Kerr from Arizona State University and Professor Nicholas Colangelo
from the University of Iowa. In 1998 Lesley studied and worked
in the USA with Dr Linda Silverman at the Gifted Development
Centre and completed the Certificate of Emotional Development
Giftedness with Dr Michael Piechowski at the University of
Denver. In 1999, by invitation, she went to the USA to work
with Dr Annemarie Roeper in Oakland, California and with the
School for the Gifted in Detroit.
Lesley is a regular presenter at conferences on giftedness
and provides professional development for teachers, educational
and guidance and welfare officers. She also gives talks and
conducts courses for parents of gifted children.
Lesley's special interests are in the emotional and spiritual
development of gifted children and adults.
Gifted & Creative Services Australia is pleased to welcome
David Harrison as Manager, Creative Projects. David has worked
closely with Lesley Sword over the past 10 years in developing
Gifted & Creative Services, giving freely his time and expertise.
David is a strong Visual Spatial Thinker with a keen interest in
creativity and art.
David holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Administration and a
Trained Primary Teachers Certificate. In addition to training as
David was a youth leader with the YMCA before going on to a wide-ranging
career in Australia and overseas.
David has worked in both the private and the public sector in
areas including: information management, health services management,
program research, review and evaluation. He has held senior policy,
administrative, review and evaluation positions within the public
sector, was Manager of the Information Management Review Unit in
the Victorian Education Department, Assistant Director (Administration)
in the Cabinet Office, Department of Premier and Cabinet and was
also Regional Director for the Goulburn North East (Hume) Region
of the Victorian Department of Human Services.
As a management consultant, David has undertaken projects such
as the evaluations of Cervical Cancer Screening Program, the National
Mental Health Strategy, a review of HIV/AIDS services in the ACT
and assessment of needs for services to people with Multiple Sclerosis.
He has also undertaken extensive organisational reviews, evaluations
and service rationalisations in areas including aged care, aboriginal
health, disability services, community health and general medical
practice. Currently David is the Director of Monash Research for
an Aging Society at Monash University.
David’s special interests are the mentoring and support of
gifted young people and the development of programs to support
creativity in adults and children.