Meaning Conference 2014 — July 24-27First Congress on the Construction of Personal Meaning:

Exploring What Makes Life Worth Living

The congress combines the International Network on Personal Meaning’s 8th Biennial International Meaning Conference and the Constructivist Psychology Network’s 16th Biennial Conference.

It will be held in Vancouver, July 24-27, 2014, at the Coast Plaza Hotel.

Psychologists have increasingly recognized that meaning is central to human functioning and well-being. Although people in the community may not be able to articulate what meaning is, they do experience deep satisfaction in meaningful activities and relationships, and they are interested in finding out how to live a worthwhile and fulfilling life. Can psychology provide a roadmap that guides their search for meaning?

Though the literature on meaning is rapidly growing, it is still in a state of flux and confusion, with researchers defining and assessing meaning differently. There is an urgent need for conceptual clarity, valid measures, and synthesis of existing research findings, in order to advance the science of meaning and provide a practical guide for all those interested in meaningful living.

INPM’s 8th Biennial International Meaning Conference continues its tradition of being the only international conference devoted to the study of meaning in life. It provides a Meaning Summit for leaders in logotherapy, positive psychology, existential-humanistic psychology, constructivist psychology, and other disciplines to address the fundamental issues of what makes life worth living, such as:

  • What is the meaning in life? Is there a comprehensive definition?
  • What makes life worth living regardless of circumstances?
  • How does meaning contribute to healing and flourishing?
  • What kinds of goals contribute to meaningfulness and why?
  • Is meaning subjective, objective, or a mixture of both?
  • Does meaningfulness of life depend on what one thinks or what one actually does?
  • How is meaning related to happiness?
  • Do we need ultimate meaning that transcends the self and its limitations?

Confirmed participants in the Meaning Summit include Alex Pattakos, Alexander Batthyany, Michael Steger, Crystal Park, Phillip Shaver, Kiran Salagame, Maurits Kwee, Chi-yun Lin, Paul T. P. Wong, Robert Neimeyer, Joshua Hicks, Rebecca Schlegel, Jonathan Raskin, Stefan E. Schulenberg, Veronika Huta, and Brent Potter. Please visit our speaker website for a complete list of our invited speakers.

Throughout the four days of Conference, numerous workshops, panel discussions, symposia, paper presentations and poster sessions will explore the fundamental issues of what makes life worth living. There will also be opportunities for informal discussions with speakers and other conference participants.

INPM Professional Workshops (Thursday, July 24, 2014) offer the latest innovative and evidence-based clinical skills to practitioners. There are limited seats for each workshop.


  1. Finding Meaning in Dreams (Dr. Stanley Krippner)
  2. Mourning and Meaning:  The Quest for Significance in Loss (Dr. Robert Neimeyer)
  3. Safe and Effective Use of the Self in Psychotherapy (Dr. Lilian C. J. Wong)


  1. Disaster Mental Health and Positive Psychology: Meaning-Making and Resilience Following Traumatic Events (Dr. Stefan E. Schulenberg)
  2. Meaning-Centered Assessments and Positive Meaning Interventions (Dr. Paul T. P. Wong)
  3. The Hallowed in the Hollow: Meaning in Self-Destructive Processes  (Dr. Brent Potter)

Click here to view descriptions of these workshops. For those  interested in attending only these professional workshops, register here. The professional workshops are included in full conference registration.

Who should attend: Psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors, coaches, social workers, nurses, teachers in positive education and life education, pastors, mental health professionals and graduate students, and interested lay people.

CE Credits: CE credits will be available for psychologists and counselors at a fee of $65. You can add this as an option when registering through INPM. CPN registrants can pay for CE credits on site at the INPM registration desk.

“The International Network on Personal Meaning is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The International Network on Personal Meaning maintains responsibility for the program.”

Spousal Fee: Spouses can attend and participate in the conference by paying a $50 spousal fee on site. However, they also need to pay $70 to get a ticket for the banquet, if they so desire. They can register for the banquet either online or on site.

To register for the 2014 Meaning Conference, please register here.

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding the conference, please contact drpaulwong@gmail.com


Conference Highlights

  • Keynotes by Stanley Krippner, Crystal Park, Alex Pattakos, Michael Steger, & Paul T. P. Wong
  • Thursday Professional Workshops and Reception
  • Friday Meaning Summit I
  • Saturday Meaning Summit II & Awards Banquet
  • Sunday Meaning Summit III & Annual General Meeting Luncheon
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  • The Conference Schedule is now posted. Click here to view.
    (Last updated July 18, 2014)

    INPM's Poster Session is scheduled for Saturday, July 26, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
    Click here
    to view the poster list.

    CPN's Poster Session is scheduled for Friday, July 25, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Click here to view the poster list.

    Learning Objectives for CE Eligible Presentations are now posted. Click here to view.

  • Conference Flyer
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  • Conference Organizers
    International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) Constructivist Psychology Network (CPN)

  • Location
    Coast Plaza Hotel
    (English Bay and Stanley Park)
    Vancouver BC, Canada

  • Conference Sponsors
    Honey Family Foundation Logo

    Sunshine Coast Health Center Logo

    Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute Logo

    Carrina Chan Wong