Psychology of Gifted, Talented, and High Achieving Individuals (3 CE’s)

Presented by Brandi L. Klepper, Psy.D.
February 8th,  8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Instructional Level


Course Description and Target Audience

Gifted, talented and high achieving individuals often present with unique characteristics. Such characteristics may engender problematic behaviors and experiences. Practitioners unfamiliar with the dynamics of giftedness may inadvertently pathologize and misdiagnose these patients, especially children and teenagers. Often, academic interventions lessen these unpleasant behaviors and experiences, but such interventions are underutilized. Proper support of gifted, talented, and high achieving students best helps them to fully develop their capabilities. There are no known risks associated with this presentation.

The target audience is mental health providers (advanced doctoral level psychology trainees, psychologists in practice, master’s level clinicians etc).

Learning Objectives

  • Define meanings of “gifted.”
  • Describe common characteristics of gifted individuals.
  • Explain trends in misdiagnosis and diagnosis of gifted individuals.
  • List possible academic interventions.
  • Describe mistakes people often make with gifted students.

Presenter Information

Brandi Klepper, Psy.D., is a private practice psychologist specializing in gifted, talented, and high achieving individuals since 2001. She also teaches “Guidance and Counseling of Gifted” at Drury University. Further, she provides presentations and consultations to various groups regarding gifted individuals and is a member of related professional organizations.

*National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NPTC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.