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

Presented by Brandi L. Klepper, Psy.D.
February 7th,  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 L. Klepper, Psy.D., is a Missouri licensed, clinical psychologist who specializes in children, adolescents and adults who are gifted, talented and/or high achieving. She has had a private psychology practice specializing in gifted and talented individuals since 2002. Before that, as a college and graduate student, she worked therapeutically with gifted and high achieving individuals and has conducted research of gifted adolescents. Throughout her life, Dr. Klepper has participated in gifted services as a student, camper, RA, teacher, camp counselor, presenter, psychologist, and consultant. In addition to her private practice, she teaches at Drury University in the Masters of Education, Gifted Certification program. She has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels since 2002, including time teaching at Drury University, Cox College, and The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute. She has been a classroom volunteer since 2010. Dr. Klepper also serves as a Resident Counselor at Dury University’s Center for Gifted Education PreCollege Programs. Further, she has presented at the National Association of Gifted Children’s conference; at statewide conferences of the Gifted Association of Missouri, the Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented and Creative; and the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association; as well as to various groups in Missouri and Kansas.

Location and Costs

$55.00 – Regular registration fee
$41.25 – Consortium Affiliate
No Charge – NPTC Director or Supervisor

*Credit card charges are subject to an additional fee.
** Group rates may be available; contact Katherine Dixon to request consideration.

The presentation will be offered at Burrell South Creek, South Creek Theatre room, 2885 W. Battlefield
Springfield, MO 65807.

*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.