We’re Patti and Lisa, and we’re honored to share this journey towards excellent practice with the gifted.
We created EngagedCE with one purpose in mind: to offer mental health professionals quality continuing education opportunities that will help you understand and serve your clients with high intellectual ability.
Their needs are different. The CE should be, too.
We’re natives of Giftedland, having both participated in gifted programs in school where we grew up (sunny SoCal), and we both specialize in gifted in our respective practices and fields.
We’re bringing our different areas of expertise together to create something unique.
It’s CE. Reimagined.
Looking for a more formal bio? Here you go:
Patti Bear, MA, LPC
Patti is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Eugene, Oregon.
She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College, and worked in research and teaching prior to becoming a mental health therapist.
She worked in a community agency providing mental health assessment and psychotherapy primarily to OHP clients prior to starting her private practice. She has extensively studied the characteristics and needs of gifted children, adolescents, and adults and focuses part of her practice on providing services to clients who have been identified as gifted either formally or informally.
She also has experience as a co-presenter with Lisa providing workshops about mental health and the gifted at state and national gifted conferences.
Lisa Van Gemert, M.Ed.
Lisa Van Gemert shares best practices in giftedness with audiences at conferences around the world.
She holds Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington in Education and in Educational Administration. She is an expert consult to television shows including Lifetime’s “Child Genius,” and a writer of award-winning lesson plans, as well as numerous published articles on social psychology and pedagogy and the Legacy Award winning book, Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing Never Good Enough and Living Gifted: 52 Tips to Survive and Thrive in Giftedland.
A former teacher, school administrator, and Youth & Education Ambassador for Mensa, she shares resources for educators and parents on her website GiftedGuru.com.
Lisa & Ian Byrd are the founders of the Gifted Guild, a professional community for educators of the gifted that provides professional development to teachers and counselors.