August 2-5, 2018

Vancouver, Canada

Courage, Faith, and Meaning: Existential Positive Psychology’s Response to Adversity
10th Biennial International Meaning Conference
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.

Registration opens in the new year.
August 2-5, 2018
Vancouver, Canada
Courage, Faith, and Meaning: Existential Positive Psychology’s
Response to Adversity
10th BienniaL
International
Meaning Conference
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.

Registration coming soon.

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

Itai Ivtzan, Ph.D.
Positive psychologist, senior lecturer, and program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London
Tim Lomas, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Positive Psychology at the University of East London and co-author of Second Wave Positive Psychology
Chris Corrigan
Facilitator, strategist, system thinker, and coach for organizations, communities, and teams based in Vancouver, Canada
Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.
Founder of Meaning Therapy and the International Network on Personal Meaning, and Emeritus Professor of Trent University
Invited speakers include Veronika Huta, Roger Tweed, Piers Worth, Joel Vos, Eileen Dowse, Yannick Jacob, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Kathy Story, and more.

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

Itai Ivtzan, Ph.D.
Positive psychologist, senior lecturer, and program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London
Tim Lomas, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Positive Psychology at the University of East London and co-author of Second Wave Positive Psychology
Chris Corrigan
Facilitator, strategist, system thinker, and coach for organizations, communities, and teams based in Vancouver, Canada
Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.
Founder of Meaning Therapy and the International Network on Personal Meaning, and Emeritus Professor of Trent University
Invited speakers include Veronika Huta, Roger Tweed, Piers Worth, Joel Vos, Eileen Dowse, Yannick Jacob, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Kathy Story, and more.

Highlights

Calling all from the meaning movement!

Come and celebrate with us at the Banquet for the 20th Anniversary of the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) in conjunction with founder Dr. Paul T. P. Wong’s 80th birthday.

Featuring: talks from Dr. Wong’s associates and friends, along with a keynote from Dr. Wong himself, and music from folk artist Francine Honey.

Calling all therapists and counselors!

Join us at the Meaning-Centered Interventions (MCI) Summit, an important learning opportunity for psychotherapists, counselors, coaches, and psychologists on the existential competency.

Featuring: panelists Emmy van Deurzen (expert in existential analysis), Robert Neimeyer (expert in grief therapy), Bruce Alexander (expert in opioid addiction); moderator Joel Vos (expert in meaning-centered interventions).

Calling all researchers!

We invite you to the Second-Wave Positive Psychology (PP 2.0) Summit on the dialectic science that brings out the best in us despite the worst of circumstances, which can radically transform how we think about positivity and do research on well-being.

Featuring: panelists Carol Ryff, Michael Steger, Ken Sheldon, Veronika Huta, Itai Ivtzan, Tim Lomas, Piers Worth, Phil Watkins, Roger Tweed, and Pninit Russo-Netzer.

Calling all coaches!

For those interested in meaning-oriented management and positive organizations, we have an excellent lineup of speakers offering talks and workshops that bring new insights and skills for thriving in today’s ever-changing and uncertain environments.

Featuring: Chris Corrigan, Salvator Maddi, Eileen Dowse, Jim Rough, Yannick Jacob, Ken Howard, and more.

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

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