The 15th International Dabrowski Congress 2022 is Monday-Tuesday, July 18-19, 2022 with virtual-only or in-person options at the University of Denver.
On Thursday, July 21, 2022, we will offer a Zoom Encore with additional virtual sessions. There will also be some video-only presentations available at this site.
DC2022 is hosted by the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Dr. Norma Hafenstein, at the Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver.
Thank you to our sponsor, Gifted Unlimited, LLC, for sponsoring each day's coffee breaks and providing book door prizes!
- Christiane Wells, Dąbrowski’s Legacy and the Future of the Theory of Positive Disintegration
- Frank Falk, Kazimierz Dabrowski – The Existential Therapist
- Shelagh Gallagher, Thinking it Over: Contemplations on Overexcitabilities (Live on Zoom)
- Melissa Bernstein, From Nihilism to Toy Making: My Pathway to Positive Disintegration
DC2022 Detailed Agenda
All times are in Mountain Daylight Time.
Time Session Title, Presenter
Monday, July 18, 2022
8:00 - 9:00 Registration Coffee, Tea, Bagels, and Fruit 9:00 – 9:07 Welcome Host Welcome, Norma Hafenstein 9:07 – 9:30 History
History of Dabrowski Congress, Michele Kane
9:30 – 10:25 Keynote 1
How Did We Get Here? Mentors, Archives, and Building Community, Chris Wells
10:30 – 11:25 Keynote 2
Kazimierz Dabrowski – The Existential Therapist, Frank Falk
11:30 – 12:25 Keynote 3
Thinking it Over: Contemplations on Overexcitabilities, Shelagh Gallagher
12:30 – 2:00
Lunch On Your Own
2:00 – 2:55 Session 1
The Third Factor: A Study of Innovators in the US Navy, ES Vorm
3:00 – 3:55 Keynote 4
From Nihilism to Toy Making: My Pathway to Positive Disintegration, Melissa Bernstein
3:55 - 4:00 Closing Reflections, Norma Hafenstein 4:10 – 4:15 Group Photo Wear DC2022 T-Shirts! 4:30 – 6:00 Happy Hour
Drink Ticket, Cash Bar
Joy Burns Center
6:00 – 8:00 Optional Dinner Joy Burns Center
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
- Raw Recordings of Tuesday
Welcome and Gatto-Walden & Silverman
8:00 - 9:00 Registration Coffee, Tea, Bagels, and Fruit 9:00 – 9:05 Welcome Comments, Norma Hafenstein 9:10 – 10:05 Session 2
Positive Maladjustment of Gifted Teens in a Chaotic World, Patricia Gatto-Walden and Linda Silverman
10:10 – 11:05 Session 3
The Dispute over the Legacy of Dąbrowski. Controversies and Dilemmas, Dominik Chojnowski
11:10 - 12:05 Session 4
Trauma and Giftedness, a Unique Intersection, Patricia Williams
12:05 – 1:25 Lunch
- DC2022 Discussion Prompts
- Book Door Prizes from Gifted Unlimited
1:25 – 2:40 Session 5 Combined: 2E and OE 1:25 - 2:00 Session 5A
The Spiral Model of Development: Understanding the GT/2e Developmental Trajectory, Karen Arnstein
2:05 - 2:40 Session 5B
Overexcitability Magnification in Family Dynamics: Parenting with Intensities on All Sides, Nicole Mattingly
2:45 – 4:00 Session 6 Combined: Level V 2:45 - 3:20 Session 6A
Why Not Level Five?, Michele Kane
- Kane Slides (Don't Look Ahead!)
3:25 - 4:00 Session 6B Derived from "Five" — Raised by a Being Much More than Level Four, Pam Ryan 4:00 – 4:30 Closing Reflections, Chris Wells Thursday, July 21, 2022 Online Only Zoom Encore 9:45 – 10:00 Zoom Welcome Welcome, Chris Wells 10:00 – 10:55 Zoom Session 1
Developing Identity for Gifted Readers through the Lens of Overexcitabilities, Katie Coggin and Kim Freed
11:00 – 11:55 Zoom Session 2
Character Advice: Overexcitabilities in Literature and Metacognition of Levels of Overexcitabilities, Jessica Williams
12:00 – 12:55 Zoom Session 3
Dabrowski's Theory Implications for Physical and Mental Health; Health Prevention, Jackie Aitken and Heather King
1:00 – 2:00 Break 2:00 – 2:55 Zoom Session 4
Through the Eyes of Love: Overexcitabilities in a Gifted Woman with Alzheimer’s, Alena Treat
3:00 – 3:55 Zoom Session 5
An Argument for Doing Nothing: Nurturing Organized Multilevel Disintegration, Bob Schultz
4:00 – 4:55 Zoom Session 6
The 'Tool of Dabrowski': What it 'Ought to Be', Emma Nicholson
5:00 – 5:15 Zoom Closing Closing, Chris Wells DC2022 Video Presentations Playlist on YouTube On Demand Video Session 1 Positive Integration and the Formation of Hybrid Professional Identity, Sarabeth Berk On Demand Video Session 2 "Falling Apart", Together: Supporting Positive Disintegration through Literature Instruction, Todd Hodgkinson On Demand Video Session 3 Narratives and Neurons: Evaluating “The Dark Side of Empathy” Through the Lens of TPD, Jonathon Huckvale and Devin Wright On Demand Video Session 4 1st Generation South East Asian American Self and Parental Reflections on Positive Disintegration, Lin Lim On Demand Video Session 5 On Demand Video Session 6
Overexcitabilities at Work, Carrie Pokrefke
On Demand Video Session 7 Multi-Diversity in Thinking, Perceiving, and Learning through a Dabrowskian, Image-Free Lens, Fiona Smith On Demand Video Session 8 Voice Problems as Signs of Positive Disintegration, Laura Stavinoha On Demand Video Session 9
Philosophy of essence (Developmental philosophy based on the theory of positive disintegration). By K. Dąbrowski. A synopsis of chapter 1: An introduction to the theory of positive disintegration., William Tillier
On Demand Video Session 10 Shaken, Not Broken: Personal Transformation in Times of Global, Existential Threat, Lotte van Lith On Demand Video Session 11
Sandi Wollum, Anne Beneventi, Nikki Myers, Teresa Brown, Linda Kreger Silverman, Rosemary Cathcart, Angela Tanner, and Ellen Honeck
On Demand Video Session 12 Reframing the Identity as a Neurodivergent Through the Lens of Positive Disintegration, Mel Wong On Demand Video Session 13 Disruption and Innovation: The Netflixification of 2e Education, Samuel Young
Dabrowski Congress Mailing List
Attend In-Person or Online
Optional: Monday Dinner, register by 7/11.
Recordings and certificate hours available for registrants.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a student discount.
University of Denver
Morgridge College of Education, Katharine Ruffato Hall
1999 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210
Meet at Ruffato Hall. Happy Hour/Dinner at the Joy Burns Center.
Continuing education clock hours available for attendees.
A block of hotel rooms is reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn Denver/Cherry Creek at 600 S. Colorado Blvd. Denver, Colorado 80246.
In the "special rates field," apply the group code: DABC22 then you should see the group rate of $140 / night through June 23.
There is no charge to reserve the hotel, and free cancellation until 6 pm the day of check in. The rate is good for up to three nights before and three nights after the event.
You can find street parking (pay attention to the posted signs).
Or pay $10 for the daily rate to park in a green metered parking spot around campus.
DU Parking Map 2022.pdf - Recommend lots 306, 321, or 315.
We will meet each day on the first floor of Ruffatto Hall. The Happy Hour and Dinner will be at the Joy Burns Center.
(Unfortunately, Lot E / 301, the lot closest to Morgridge / Ruffato Hall, is under construction for the summer.)
Denver International Airport (DEN)
You can take public transportation from the airport and to the University of Denver campus with Denver RTD Light Rail.
Learn about the work of Kazimierz Dąbrowski at PositiveDisintegration.com.
- If you are new to the theory…