Handbook of Giftedness in Children: Psychoeducational Theory, Research, and Best Practices

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Steven I. Pfeiffer
Springer Science & Business Media, 20 feb. 2008 - 420 páginas

Most leaders in American society recognize that gifted children are among our most precious natural resources. Following the Soviet Union’s launch of the Sputnik in the 1960s, our country focused resources on identifying and nurturing America’s intellectually gifted. Less than a decade later, however, America’s gifted and talented have become an almost neglected special-needs population – for a variety of socio-cultural, political, and economic reasons. Even American psychology has given little attention to the unmet and under-met needs of America’s most promising youth.

The gifted population comprise roughly 5% to 20% of the general population of school-age children – depending on which definition of gifted and talented or which set of diagnostic criteria are applied. The gifted are a significant population, based on their numbers and on their potential to make a real difference in our nation’s future.

A recent survey of international experts in the gifted field published in Professional Psychology: Research & Practice (Pfeiffer, 2001) identified key areas in which professional psychology can play a critically important role in serving the gifted. The article identified specific practice implications for professional psychology, including:

  • Assuming a leadership role in the screening and identification of gifted children.
  • Serving as consultants in promoting talent development in the schools and in work with families of the gifted.
  • Providing counseling services to the gifted, as well as their parents, who are in need of psychotherapeutic intervention.

The purpose of the proposed volume is to provide psychologists, graduate students, and other allied professionals who serve children with a definitive resource on how best to accomplish these three practice implications. The handbook is intended as a scholarly resource for practitioners and trainers in psychology and closely related human service fields who work with children, adolescents, and families. The handbook is also intended for graduate students specializing in the fields of school psychology, clinical child psychology, social work, mental health counseling, child psychiatry, and marriage and family therapy. Chapters will include a brief discussion of relevant theory and a cogent discussion of research, with emphasis on the application of empirical research to guide best practices. Each chapter will be written by an individual or individuals who are imminently qualified to discuss the particular topic area being addressed. Moreover, each chapter author(s) will be asked to take an empirical approach toward his or her scholarly discussion and avoid presenting only one theoretically-biased point of view. The goal is to provide the reader with a definitive and timely resource on the literature relevant to meeting the psychoeducational and psychological needs of the gifted and their families.

 

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Steven I. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor in the Combined-Integrated Counseling and School Psychology Program at Florida State University, where he heads the Mental Health Counseling Program. Before his tenure at Florida State, Dr. Pfeiffer was a professor at Duke University, where he served as Executive Director of Duke’s Talent Identification Program (TIP). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a licensed psychologist, diplomate in school psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Dr. Pfeiffer is co-author of the widely used Gifted Rating Scales (see link on the right-hand panel) and Devereux Behavior Rating Scales-School Form, has authored or edited five books and almost 100 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of the psychology of the gifted, talent development, and children’s mental health. He served as the founding editor of the Duke Gifted Letter and serves on the editorial board of ten journals, including Gifted Child Quarterly and Roeper Review—two of the leading journals in the gifted field. Dr. Pfeiffer was recipient of the Mensa Education & Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research. He was invited to testify at the White House on children’s mental health needs and has served as a clinical psychologist in the U.S. Naval Medical Service Corps (reserves). He has a private practice where he sees children, adolescents and families.

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