August 2-5, 2018          Vancouver, Canada

August 2-5, 2018
Vancouver, Canada

Courage, Faith, and Meaning: Existential Positive Psychology’s Response to Adversity

10th Biennial International Meaning Conference

10th Biennial International
Meaning Conference

Up to 30.0 CE Credits

Join researchers and practitioners from over 30 countries at the 2018 Meaning Conference, a “big tent” gathering known for its inclusivity, integration, and innovation in meaning research and its applications since 2000.

See why many have called this their “homecoming,” especially as we celebrate the INPM’s 20th year anniversary jointly with founder Dr. Paul Wong’s 80th birthday.

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Speakers

Carol Ryff, Ph.D.
Hilldale Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael F. Steger, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life at Colorado State University
Ken Sheldon, Ph.D.
Curator’s Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sheldon Motivation Laboratory at the University of Missouri
Phil Watkins, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University and researcher and author on gratitude and well-being
Emmy van Deurzen, Ph.D.
Founder of the Society for Existential Analysis and Existential Analysis and Principal of the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D.
Eminent Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis and Editor of Death Studies
Michael H. Bond, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Chinese University of Hong Kong and Visiting Professor of the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

To receive the 2018 INPM Lifetime Achievement Award

Bruce Alexander, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Simon Fraser University and researcher in global drug addiction

To receive the 2018 INPM Lifetime Achievement Award

Joel Vos, Ph.D.

Clinical and Health Psychologist and Philosopher and Director of Meaning Online Ltd.

Tim Lomas, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Positive Psychology at the University of East London and co-author of Second Wave Positive Psychology

Jim Rough, M.B.A., M.S.E.

Director and Founder of the Center for Wise Democracy and developer of Dynamic Facilitation and Wise Council Process

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.

Founder of Meaning Therapy and the International Network on Personal Meaning, and Professor Emeritus of Trent University

INVITED SPEAKERS: Veronika Huta, Roger Tweed, Piers Worth, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Dmitry Leontiev, Julia Yang, Eileen Dowse, Laura Atwood, Yannick Jacob, Gordon Carkner, Claude-Hélène Mayer, Seph Fontane Pennock, Kathy Story, and Solomon Makola.

Speakers

Carol Ryff, Ph.D.
Hilldale Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michael F. Steger, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life at Colorado State University
Ken Sheldon, Ph.D.
Curator’s Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sheldon Motivation Laboratory at the University of Missouri
Phil Watkins, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University and researcher and author on gratitude and well-being
Emmy van Deurzen, Ph.D.
Founder of the Society for Existential Analysis and Existential Analysis and Principal of the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London
Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D.
Eminent Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis and Editor of Death Studies
Michael H. Bond, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Chinese University of Hong Kong and Visiting Professor of the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

To receive the 2018 INPM Lifetime Achievement Award

Bruce Alexander, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Simon Fraser University and researcher in global drug addiction

To receive the 2018 INPM Lifetime Achievement Award

Joel Vos, Ph.D.

Clinical and Health Psychologist and Philosopher and Director of Meaning Online Ltd.

Tim Lomas, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Positive Psychology at the University of East London and co-author of Second Wave Positive Psychology

Jim Rough, M.B.A., M.S.E.

Director and Founder of the Center for Wise Democracy and developer of Dynamic Facilitation and Wise Council Process

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.

Founder of Meaning Therapy and the International Network on Personal Meaning, and Professor Emeritus of Trent University

INVITED SPEAKERS: Veronika Huta, Roger Tweed, Piers Worth, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Dmitry Leontiev, Julia Yang, Eileen Dowse, Yannick Jacob, Gordon Carkner, Claude-Hélène Mayer, Seph Fontane Pennock, Kathy Story, and Solomon Makola.

Highlights

— FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018 —
CELEBRATION BANQUET

Join us at the Celebration Banquet, in honour of the INPM’s 20th Anniversary and founder Dr. Paul T. P. Wong’s 80th birthday. Tickets are included in all packages and are also sold separately.

This special event will feature a keynote from Dr. Joel Vos on “The Big Tent of Meaning-Centered Research and Practices,” short talks from Dr. Wong’s friends, and music from folk artist Francine Honey, as well as opportunities to network with others from the international meaning movement.

This celebration will also include a Festschrift, with papers impacted by Paul’s research and personal notes to Paul. Whether or not you are able to attend in person, we invite you to contribute a paper or send a congratulatory note in writing or in a video (to celebration@meaning.ca), which will be posted online.

— SECOND INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT on —
SECOND WAVE POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY (PP 2.0)

PP 2.0 is concerned with bringing out the best in individuals and society in spite of and because of the dark side of human existence via the dialectical principle.

The 2016 Meaning Conference hosted the inaugural summit on PP 2.0. There was considerate agreement among the eight panelists that PP 2.0 is oriented towards meaning rather than happiness, as well as a distinct shift in emphasis from individual happiness and signature strengths to the humanistic value of bringing out the best in people for the common good.

This year’s second summit on PP 2.0 is bigger and better, with two panels focusing on the essential ingredients of PP 2.0 in research and intervention.

PANEL on MEANING IN LIFE
  1. Michael Steger, Ph.D.
  2. Piers Worth, Ph.D.
  3. Pninit Russo-Netzer, Ph.D.
  4. Dmitry Leontiev, Ph.D.
  5. Gordon Carkner, Ph.D.
  6. Claude-Hélène Mayer, Ph.D.
  7. Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.

Moderated by Seph Fontane Pennock

PANEL on MATURE HAPPINESS
  1. Carol Ryff, Ph.D.
  2. Ken Sheldon, Ph.D.
  3. Phil Watkins, Ph.D.
  4. Tim Lomas, Ph.D.
  5. Veronika Huta, Ph.D.
  6. Roger Tweed, Ph.D.
  7. Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.

Moderated by Gordon Medlock, Ph.D.

— SECOND INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT on —
MEANING-CENTERED INTERVENTIONS (MCI)

The 2016 summit on Meaning in Life issues explored the role of meaning in psychotherapy, recovery, and mental health as well as necessary clinical competencies from six leaders in meaning-oriented therapies and research.

This year’s second summit on Meaning-Centered Interventions (MCI) will be an important learning opportunity for psychologists, psychotherapists, counselors, coaches, and other mental health professionals on the essential ingredients of meaning-centered interventions, especially focusing on existential competencies.

This panel features:

  1. Emmy van Deurzen, Ph.D. (Existential Therapy)
  2. Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D. (Grief Therapy)
  3. Bruce Alexander, Ph.D. (Opioid Addiction)
  4. Julia Yang, Ph.D. (Existential Courage in Therapy)
  5. Yannick Jacob, M.A., M.Sc. (Positive Existential Coaching)
  6. Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D. (Meaning Therapy)

Moderated by Joel Vos, Ph.D.

Are you…

a researcher?

— Summit on Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP 2.0) featuring two all-star panels on Meaning and Mature Happiness

— Pre-conference half-day workshops on the significance of ambivalent emotions, the eudaimonic activity model, gratitude and flourishing, death attitudes and meaning, and more!

— Paper sessions on cutting-edge research in topics related to meaning and PP 2.0

Proposal submissions now closed.

a Mental Health Professional?

— Summit on Meaning-Centered Interventions (MCI) focusing on existential competencies

— Pre-conference full-day practicum on grief therapy

— Pre-conference half-day workshops on evidence-based meaning-centered therapy, existential therapy and dreamwork, the opioid crisis, and more!

— Workshops and symposiums on evidence-based positive and meaning-centered therapies in various fields

 

 

a Coach?

— Special track for coaches organized by the Work and Meaning Special Interest Group of the INPM

— Panel on meaning-centered coaching, management, and positive organizations

— Pre-conference half-day workshop on dynamic facilitation, disruptive innovation, positive existential coaching, and more!

— Workshop on coaching for personal and professional immunity to change

a Graduate Student?

Submit your paper to win…

• 1 of 3 scholarships (Grand Prize $1,000 CAD)
• 1 of 6 waived All-Inclusive Packages (value of $450 CAD and includes two meals)
• an opportunity to present your paper at the conference
• an opportunity to be published in the journal or the conference proceedings

Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Scholarship submissions now closed.

Location

Executive Airport Plaza Hotel (Richmond)
7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC, V6X 1A3, Canada

Executive Airport Hotel

Testimonials

from the 2016 Meaning Conference
Thank you for organizing and leading the last conference in Toronto; after a few weeks of coming back home in Mexico, I have been able to savor all of the great knowledge you and your team were able to add in order to produce a simple but highly effective event. No doubt all of the learnings will be very well used in our University. Luis Antonio Gutierrez Aladro, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor, Universidad TecMilenio

Thank you so much for such an incredible experience. The workshops and speakers were very scintillating. It was a very rewarding experience for myself and my team. We were also very honored to have been given the opportunity to speak at the conference. I look forward to the next conference. Pei Grant, Ph.D.

Director of Research, Hospice Buffalo

I attended only on Friday, but in that one day found it fascinating, and enjoyed the presentations a lot. Much more interesting and enticing than in regular psychology conventions. Ami Rokach, Ph.D.

Course Director, York University

I just wanted to thank you [Paul] and Lilian for a lovely, high-quality and professional conference! As I told you, I really felt at home, and I commend your efforts and impressive work to create such an inspiring and integrative [conference] for professionals.

Pninit Russo-Netzer, Ph.D.

Researcher, University of Haifa

Thank you so much for the excellent conference. As Dr. Carol Ryff so beautifully expressed, the INPM felt like “home” to many of us. The conference content itself was a head-spinner and participants were marvelous. Thank you. I look forward to my future participation. Shizuka Modica, Ph.D., ACC

Professor, Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics

Testimonials

from the 2016 Meaning Conference

I just wanted to thank you [Paul] and Lilian for a lovely, high-quality and professional conference! As I told you, I really felt at home, and I commend your efforts and impressive work to create such an inspiring and integrative [conference] for professionals.

Pninit Russo-Netzer, Ph.D.

Researcher, University of Haifa

I attended only on Friday, but in that one day found it fascinating, and enjoyed the presentations a lot. Much more interesting and enticing than in regular psychology conventions. Ami Rokach, Ph.D.

Course Director, York University

Thank you for organizing and leading the last conference in Toronto; after a few weeks of coming back home in Mexico, I have been able to savor all of the great knowledge you and your team were able to add in order to produce a simple but highly effective event. No doubt all of the learnings will be very well used in our University. Luis Antonio Gutierrez Aladro, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor, Universidad TecMilenio

Thank you so much for the excellent conference. As Dr. Carol Ryff so beautifully expressed, the INPM felt like “home” to many of us. The conference content itself was a head-spinner and participants were marvelous. Thank you. I look forward to my future participation. Shizuka Modica, Ph.D., ACC

Professor, Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics

Thank you so much for such an incredible experience. The workshops and speakers were very scintillating. It was a very rewarding experience for myself and my team. We were also very honored to have been given the opportunity to speak at the conference. I look forward to the next conference. Pei Grant, Ph.D.

Director of Research, Hospice Buffalo

*All prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and already include all fees and taxes.

Regular

INPM Member

Not a member yet? It’s easy to add a membership option during registration.

Special

Applies to students, retirees, or residents outside of North America.

All-Inclusive Package

Includes pre-conference workshops, all three days of the conference, and tickets to the Celebration Banquet (Fri, Aug 2) and the Awards Banquet (Sat, Aug 3).

$750
$850 after May 31

$600

$680 after May 31

$450

$510 after May 31

Regular Package

Includes all three days of the conference and tickets to the Celebration Banquet (Fri, Aug 2) and the Awards Banquet (Sat, Aug 3).

$650

$750 after May 31

$520

$600 after May 31

$390

$450 after May 31

Day Pass

Allows you to attend a day of pre-conference workshops or one of the three days of the conference (banquet tickets sold separately).

$275

$300 after May 31

$220

$240 after May 31

$165

$180 after May 31

Companion Rate

$100

Purchase any above package or day pass and bring your spouse for only $100. Banquet tickets sold separately.

Celebration Banquet

$85

One ticket to the Celebration Banquet (Fri, Aug 3) in honour of the INPM’s 20th Anniversary and founder Dr. Paul T. P. Wong’s 80th birthday, featuring a keynote from Dr. Itai Ivtzan and talks from other associates and friends, along with music from folk artist Francine Honey.

Awards Banquet

$85

One ticket to the Awards Banquet (Sat, Aug 4), where Lifetime Achievement Awards and Scholarship Awards will be presented, featuring a keynote from Dr. Paul T. P. Wong.

CE Credits

$80

Earn up to 30.0 CPA-approved continuing education credits.

Sponsors

Sherrie Yee, M.A.

FOUNDER & CEO, JARDINE NATURALS

Carrina Wong, M.A.

MANAGING DIRECTOR, SAINT HONORE

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