9th Biennial International Meaning Conference

Toronto // July 28-31, 2016

Spirituality, Self-Transcendence, and Second-Wave Positive Psychology


Our keynotes this year will come from world-class speakers such as Robert Neimeyer, Michael Steger, Mick Cooper, Carol Ryff, Clara E. Hill, and more.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Half- and full-day professional workshops will be held by leaders of the field.


Our 3-day conference not only hosts keynote and breakout sessions, but also offers pre-conference workshops and special evening events. Stay tuned.


Our conference will be held at the Novotel Toronto North York hotel, conveniently situated on Yonge street within easy access to dining, attractions, and public transit downtown. Click for more details.


We are inviting proposals for symposia, paper sessions, workshops, and poster presentations. Click for more details.


We are not only offering discounted conference registration for students, but also a chance to win 1 of 6 scholarship prizes. Click for more details.

CE Credits

More information about CE Credits will be available in the new year. Stay tuned.

Join us for the International Meaning Conference.


Spirituality, Self-Transcendence, & Second-Wave Positive Psychology
Join us for the 9th Biennial International Meaning Conference.

The International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) proudly announces another world congress devoted to meaning-oriented research and interventions.

Highlights include:
• Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0) Summit on embracing the dark side of human existence,
• Meaning Summit on working with meaning-in-life issues in counselling and therapy,
• The application of self-transcendence to spiritual and palliative care,
• The meaning-centered approach (MCA) to positive management and work engagement,
• Researchers and practitioners of different theoretical stripes dialoguing around the same table,
• Participants having the opportunity to meet and consult with leaders in meaning therapy and PP2.0, and
• Graduate student submissions, competitions, and awards.

Keynote Speakers

Learn more about and get connected with our world-class keynote speakers.
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Carol D. Ryff

Professor, well-being and resilience researcher, and director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Michael F. Steger

Professor at Colorado State University, book and journal editor, and researcher on the meaningful life.
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Itai Ivtzan

Positive psychologist, senior lecturer, and program leader of Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of East London.
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Clara E. Hill

Professor at the University of Maryland, president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and researcher on therapy and meaning in life.
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Robert A. Neimeyer

Professor at the University of Memphis, clinical practitioner, and prolific writer with a focus on grief.
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William S. Breitbart

Chief of psychiatry service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, president of International Psycho-Oncology Society, and leader in palliative care.
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Jordan B. Peterson

Professor at the University of Toronto, clinical psychologist, and vice-president of ExamCorp.
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Kirk J. Schneider

Psychologist, adjunct professor at Saybrook University and Columbia University, and vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute.
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Mick Cooper

Counselling psychologist, professor at the University of Roehampton, and leader in humanistic, existential, relational, and pluralistic therapy.
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Alex Pattakos

Author, co-founder of Global Meaning Institute and OPA! Center for Meaning, and a previous consultant to Fortune 500 companies and governments.
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Michael Lerner

Political activist, author and editor, and rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley.
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Ronald de Sousa

Emeritus professor of the University of Toronto, researcher on philosophy, and fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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Alexander Batthyany

Director of Viktor Frankl Institute, professor at Vienna University, and author on philosophical and existential psychology.
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Judith S. Wright

Life coach and professor, author on soft addictions, and co-founder of the Wright Institute.
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Paul T. P. Wong

Psychologist, founder of Integrative Meaning Therapy, and president of the International Network on Personal Meaning.


Hear from attendees, presenters, volunteers, and speakers about their experiences.

Join us for the International Meaning Conference.




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