AMY GIESLER is part of the social work adjunct faculty at the Virtual Academic Center. She specializes in teaching advanced theory and clinical interventions for children and adolescents.
After obtaining a bachelor's degree in social work from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 1996, she received her master's in social work from Fordham University, graduating summa cum laude in 1997. She has attained New Jersey’s highest level of professional credential as a licensed clinical social worker.
Helping children and families for nearly 20 years, Giesler provides therapy to children with special emotional, behavioral and neurodevelopmental needs in the school setting and in private practice. Her areas of expertise include early childhood development, play therapy and behavioral intervention. She developed a preschool program for children with special needs. Her grant application to the nonprofit KaBoom was selected over national competition, resulting in a community-built playground that she coordinated through the work of 125 volunteers.
Giesler has served as a field liaison and clinical supervisor for many clinicians, and she provided technical consultation for a series of books for children who have been placed in foster care.