Symposium 8

Symposium (8):

Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration: A Process of Development
 
Chair:
Michele Kane
 
Presenters:
Janneke Frank, Patricia Gatto-Walden, and Linda Silverman

Parents, teachers and counselors often describe intensity, sensitivity, and excitability as hallmark traits of gifted children. So, too, parents, teachers, counselors and psychologists often seek resources and strategies for better understanding and supporting the developmental paths of intense gifted children around the globe.
 
The Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD) by Kazimerz Dabrowski, provides penetrating insight for greater understanding of psychological and emotional development.   He identified five forms of mental functioning (psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational and emotional), called overexcitabilities, which generate an amplified and intensified experience of life and imbue talent with its distinctive power of expression and creativity. Dabrowski also described the internal forces that are integral to this heightened sensitivity – the unique inner world of the gifted child, adolescent and adult – and suggested ways to support growth and development even through inevitable periods of challenges and discord.
 
If you are a relative newcomer to Dabrowski’s work or would like a refresher experience, this workshop will provide a general overview of Theory of Positive Disintegration. During the session, the major theoretical elements and how they are interconnected will be presented. The five levels of development, developmental dynamisms, overexcitabilities, and other foundational aspects of the theory will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with Dabrowskian experts as they enrich their understanding and hone their skills in putting this powerful theory to work.

Biographies 
 
Janneke Frank, Ph.D., is Principal of Westmount Charter School for the Gifted, Mid-High Campus. She is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia, Okanogan, and Principal Consultant of Frank Gifted Endeavors. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Michele Kane, Ed.D., is Associate Professor of Gifted Education and Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Gifted Education program at Northeastern Illinois University.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Patricia Gatto-Walden, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in private practice who has worked holistically with thousands of gifted and profoundly gifted children, adolescents, and adults for three decades. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development and the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .