Gifted Support Group:
Emotional Freedom Technique

Speaker: Dr. Amy Gaessar, Ph.D, 
Yunasa Fellow and Assistant Professor of School Counseling at Purdue University

Tuesday, February 12th • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101

Join IEA for a free gifted support group discussing the benefits of this stress-management technique.

Many gifted and talented individuals experience stress. For some, it can be a source of creativity and insight; for others, a limiting force of elevated anxiety. Given the multi potentialities and demands on gifted students, brain-based research has important applications for understanding the impact of stress and anxiety on gifted individuals, illuminating effective strategies to best support academic growth, social and emotional development, and stress management. Additionally, recent research on an innovative, proactive stress management technique, Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), has demonstrated a significant reduction in anxiety for gifted students. EFT can be easily incorporated into daily routines, providing gifted youth and those that serve them with greater ease in handling daily tasks, managing hectic schedules and maximizing their potentials. Session attendees will better understand the biological and cognitive effects of stress and anxiety, as well as how to use EFT to counter them. 

About the Speaker

Dr. Gaesser is currently an Assistant Professor of School Counseling at Purdue University and collaborates closely with the Gifted Education Department. She received her Ph.D in Counselor Education with a concentration in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut, her Masters in Counselor Education from SUNY Brockport, and her Bachelor of Science in Social Work with a minor in Religious Studies from Nazareth College of Rochester. She is a certified New York State School Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor with more than 20 years of experience in mental health and academia, specializing in school-based interventions to assist gifted students with a variety of developmental, social, and emotional concerns. Her research interests include the social and emotional well-being of gifted students and interventions blending Eastern, Western, and Energy Psychology to assist students in overcoming challenges and reaching their greatest potentials. Her present research examines anxiety experienced by gifted students and the efficacy of therapies incorporating acupoint stimulation, such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), to reduce anxiety.

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