Beyond IQ

Gifted Conference Planners presents

Beyond IQ Boston 2014

Young Adult Program

April 5 & 6, 2014 · SpringHill Suites · DevensMassachusetts 01434


The Young Adult program seeks to address the needs of our teens by creating a safe and fun space and facilitating discussions on the following topics:

Identity management and understanding others
"Who am I?  Who do I want to be?" providing a broader range of factors to include in our search to identify who we are and guide us in shaping our future selves.  As part of identifying ourselves we learn of the many varieties of people and can try to use the process to describe those close to us and predict areas of agreement or confusion.

Developmental friendship patterns and dating
Understanding the kinds of friendship, the order in which these skills are developed in childhood, and the confusion caused by the fact that friendship seems to be strongly linked to mental age not physical. Often YA have experienced severe friendship trauma when the kind of friendship they were practicing was not the same as their agemates.  
A particular sort of friendship with some fascinating biological and social factors influencing it. Some of these factors and how they contribute to dating confusion will be described. We will also discuss dating and mating safety issues. Not a "sex ed" course on the biology but instead on the psychology and sociology. [though websites will be provided for the biology information]

Gifted/Intelligence: the basics and 
the implications

What does "“gifted"” mean? What are IQ's and IQ tests? What do we mean by Highly Gifted or Profoundly Gifted? - American social structure doesn't currently have a healthy functioning system for the gifted, especially for supporting and meeting the needs of gifted children. We will discuss the consequences of this and what we can do to find a satisfying place in our society.

Young Adult Program Schedule

Saturday, April 5, 2014 (2013 YA Schedule)

9:00-10:00 A.M. - 

10:15-11:30 - 

11:45-1:00 Lunch - YA Room Closed

1:15-2:15 - Atypical Patterns of Attraction and Gender - Darion Breslau, Andy, Jade

2:30-3:30 - Well-being through Mindfulness and Metacognition - Mika Gustavson

4:00-5:00 - Comics Make Everything Better: Education, Communication, and Being Different - Kendra Brown

7:45 PM - Ice Cream Social in one of the main areas    

Sunday, April 6, 2014 (2013 YA Schedule)

9:00-10:00 - What gets in the way of reading minds with Andy Cowan & Jon Cowan

10:00 - 11:30 - Basic Sign Language For Fun! - Jay Manning

11:45-1:00 - Lunch - YA Room Closed

1:15 - 2:15 - Beyond Positive Thinking - Josh Shaine

2:45 - 3:45 - Tribute to Tactical Tutors and Training - Kendra Brown & Mark Millman


Jay Piltser and Andy Cowan coordinate the Young Adult program

Jay PiltserDeveloping strengths, my own and those who play with me, is my main focus. An important subset of which, are: a positive and accurate identity, effective communication and relationship skills, awareness of social justice issues and tools for reaching goals and optimizing productivity.  Some of what I am playing with right now includes:  Coaching smart people who need more confidence, making educational or just fun YouTube videos, WordPress website design, leveling up in psychology and education, running social and life skills workshops for young adults, doing research on high ability and underachievement, sensitivities and intensity in people, Go and other board games, nutrition and how protein and green stuff is good for us, researching how labels are useful and limiting and being outside when it is warm and sunny.

Andy Cowan took his undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy, then went to Cornell Law School in hopes of working with real people. He currently finds that connection in the public defender's office, representing real people charged with real crimes, and doing his best to displace pseudoscientific forensics in favor of real science. When not in court, he is often found riding his bicycle, climbing mountains, or tutoring maths.

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