Dr. Noman Giesbrecht is a Registered Psychologist
who is director of Insight & Growth Psychological
He specializes in providing coaching,
assessment, and support services to children, adults, and families
with quirky characteristics (e.g. Asperger or
Autistic traits ).
He also provides counselling to couples who have
quirky characteristics or neurological differences; and support to
quirky adults who experience work problems (e.g., stress leave) or
legal / court -related problems arising from their neurological
Dr. Giesbrecht has also provided professional
development and consultation to schools and other organizations
(including the Calgary Police) on working effectively with individuals
with Asperger's / HFA.
Dr. Giesbrecht develoepd a delivered a
successful series of workshops for young adults on the spectrum
("The Practical Guide to Living on the Wrong Planet") and is
currently working with a team of quirky adults on the development of
an AS-friendly online webinar resource entitled Quirky U.
Insight & Growth's approach
involves recognizing and affirming the unique strengths and
characteristics of every human being. The strategies we provide
to people with AS are often developed in consultation or collaboration
with people connected to the AS community.
Dr. Giesbrecht has taught more than thirty courses in Child, Adolescent and Adult Development, and Educational Research at
the University of Calgary and University of British Columbia.
His qualifications include a Ph.D. in
Educational Psychology and an M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology. and
post-doctoral work at U.B.C. He has taught more than thirty
courses in Child, Adolescent and Adult Development, and Educational
Research at the University of Calgary and U. B.C.
He received training in Family and Divorce
Conflict Mediation with the Legal Education Society of Alberta, and is
currently registered as a Parenting Expert (Practice Note 7) with the
Dr. Giesbrecht has engaged in numerous research
studies, and the publication of these research results include:
Giesbrecht, N. D. (2008). Caregiving in socio-cultural context.
. In L. Underwood, S.
Sprecher, and B. Fehr (Eds.),
. Compassionate Love: Theory, Research and
. (pp. 373 - 401). Maiden, MA: Blackwell
Utsey, S. O., Giesbrecht, N. D., Hook, J. N.,
& Stannard, P. (2008).
. Cultural, socio-familial, and psychological
resources that inhibit
. psychological distress in African Americans
exposed to stressful life .
events and race-related stress. Journal of Counseling Psychology,
. 55(1), 49 - 62.
Giesbrecht, N. (2001). Towards a multi-cultural
psychology of human
. development: Implications for education. In R.
. Progress in education (Vol. 2), (pp.
269-293). Huntington, NY: NOVA.
Giesbrecht, N., & Walker, L. (2000). Ego
development and the construction . of a moral self. Journal
of College Student Development, 41,
. pp. 157-171.
Giesbrecht, N. & Sevcik, I. (2000). The process of recovery and
rebuilding . among abused women. Journal of
Family Violence, 15, pp. 229-248.
Giesbrecht, N. (1999). Family communication theory. In D. Benner and
. P. Hill (Eds.), Baker Encyclopedia of
Psychology (2nd ed.).
Giesbrecht, N. (1998). Gender patterns of psychosocial development.
. Sex Roles, 39, pp. 463-478.