June 21, 2016

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Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for keynote lectures, pre-conference workshops, panels/symposia, and workshops. Learn more by expanding each presentation or visiting our CE credit page.

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Pre-Conference Workshops

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  1. Working with Meaning in Life

    Schedule Friday, July 29, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
    CE Credit 2.0
    Moderator Joel Vos
    Panelists William Breitbart
    Mick Cooper
    Clara Hill
    Robert Neimeyer
    Kirk Schneider
    Paul T. P. Wong
    Learning Objectives
    1. Learn about the role of meaning in psychotherapy, recovery, and positive mental health
    2. Learn about necessary clinical competencies in addressing MIL issues
    3. Understand why existential therapy is necessary in working with MIL issues
    4. Understand the importance of worldviews or global meaning in working with MIL issues
    5. Learn essential interventions in facilitating meaning seeking and meaning making
    6. Understand the proper role of the therapist in addressing MIL issues
    7. Understand why it is  beneficial to adopt a pluralistic stance in meaning-oriented therapy


  2. Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)

    Schedule Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 11:15 PM
    CE Credit 2.0
    Moderator Paul T. P. Wong
    Gordon Medlock
    Panelists Veronika Huta
    Itai Ivtzan
    Dmitry Leontiev
    Pninit Russo-Netzer
    Carol Ryff
    Michael Steger
    Roger Tweed
    Piers Worth
    Learning Objectives
    1. Learn how PP2.0 contribute to psychology and society beyond PP1.0 in research/interventions
    2. Learn how dialectical principles provide new insights in PP research/interventions
    3. Learn advantages of incorporating the negative aspects of life in research/interventions
    4. Learn benefits of integrating PP and humanistic-existential psychology in advancing mainstream psychology and human well-being


  3. Meaning & Work: Organizational Development, Talent Management, Coaching, & Leadership

    Schedule Saturday, July 30, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
    CE Credit 2.0
    Moderators Luis Marrero: Meaningful Work Perspectives
    Gordon Medlock: Engagement as a Function of Personal Meaning
    Panelists John Davidoff: How Resonant Leaders Cultivate Meaning in Support of Organizational Mission and Results
    Joel A. DiGirolamo: Utilizing a Generalized Model of Adult Change (GMAC) in Your Coaching Practice
    Ken Howard
    Alex Pattakos
    Learning Objectives
    1. Learn how psychological theories leverage Organization Development to promote meaning
    2. Learn meaning-oriented coaching approaches that enhance engagement, performance, well-being
    3. Learn approaches used by organizational leaders to create, sustain, integrate meaning into cultures
    4. Identify paths which can help clients seek and discover meaning in their lives
    5. Explain how meaning motivates, elevates performance, and positively affects outcomes
    6. Describe how identifying a shared, transcendent organizational vision can enable employees to be more self-directed, agile, and persistent

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  4. Terrorism & Heroism

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
    CE Credit 2.0
    Moderators Louis Hoffman
    Panelists Ronald de Sousa
    Michael Lerner
    Alex Pattakos
    Jordan Peterson
    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand terrorism as using violence to achieve goals that may not be possible with milder means
    2. Learn the different perspectives from four experts
    3. Examine whether terrorism could be justified by the goal of achieving justice or minority rights
    4. Explore the psychological and cultural roots of both terrorism and heroism
    5. Explore possible solutions through meeting people’s basic needs for meaning and justice



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  1. Meaning Therapy in a Residential Setting for Mental Health and Addictions

    Schedule Friday, July 29, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Presenters Geoff Thompson: Clinical
    Melanie Jordan Alsager: Organizational
    Casey Jordan: Communication

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Paper Sessions

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  1. Happiness & Well-Being

    Schedule Friday, July 29, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
    Invited Talk Veronika Huta: Eudaimonia as a Meaningful Way of Living
    Roger Tweed: Measuring Eudaimonic Well-Being for Research, Policy, or Therapy
    Paper Presentations Duncan McCurrach: Differences in Grateful Recounting Relate to Changes in Subjective Well-being and Trait Gratitude
    Carmel Proctor: The Naturally Emerging Structure of Well-Being
    Winnie Yeung: Happiness and Well-being of Adult Immigrant Children

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  2. Death & Grieving

    Schedule Friday, July 29, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
    Paper Presentations Jennifer Breier: An Opportunity for Positive Growth Through Dying
    Rachel Depner: Confronting Death and Living a Meaningful Life while Incarcerated
    Pei Grant: Grief, End-of-Life Dreams and Visions, and the Family Perspective
    Michael Honey: Death and the Meaning of Life
    Judith Lopez-Penaloza: Family Meaning-Making in Cases of Death of Children Due to Cancer or Accident

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  3. Meaning-Oriented Therapy

    Schedule Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
    Invited Talk Louis Hoffman: Varieties of Suffering and Meaning
    Nedra Lander & Danielle Nahon: Decisive Moments of Change (Integrity Model Perspective)
    Paper Presentations Mark Blagen: Addiction (A Universal Problem with a Meaning Making Remedy)
    Hon Chuen Lee: Sharing and Reflection of an Experiential Learning and Service Learning
    Tracie Lee: Exploring the Experiences of Therapists after Participating in an Intensive Mindfulness Program
    Ted (Kheng Siang) Ng: Mindful Awareness Practice (MAP) to Improve the Cognition of Singaporean Elderly with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
    Chris Wurm: (1) Self-Transcendence and Quality of Life & (2) Existential Vacuum and Borderline Personality Disorder

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  4. Positive Organizations & Meaningful Work

    Schedule Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
    Paper Presentations Florence Huang: Meaningful Work Between Finance Industry and Helping Field in Hong Kong
    Saleena Khan: PERMA Model and Psycap (Relevance in Developing Positive Organizations)
    Myeong Ko: Antecedents and Consequences of Public Managers’ Micro-Boundary Spanning Behaviors
    Shizuka Modica: New Paradigm in the Workplace “Purpose” as a Variable for “Meaning”
    Ross Rains: Meaning in Marketplace Transactions
    Karen Terry: Personal Development and Coaching

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  5. Student Scholarships

    Schedule Saturday, July 30, 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM
    Wright Foundation Scholarship [1st] Lia Naor: Proactively Invoking the Shadow
    [2nd] Holli-Anne Passmore: The Sense and Experience of Being Alive
    [3rd] Arthur Braaten: How Fundamental Worldviews about Life and the World Relate to Eudaimonia, Hedonia, and the Experience of Meaning
    [Honourable Mentions] Lynne Corbett: The Impact of Voluntary Childlessness on Meaning in Life, and the Potential for Positive Childfree Living
    Mike Morrison: Increasing the Meaningfulness of Work with Motivational Self-Transcendence
    Elizabeth A. Yu: Asian American Values as Predictors of Life Meaning in Asian and European American College Students: Evidence for Cultural Differences? (This paper will be presented during the paper session on Meaning in Life.)
    Carrina Chan Scholarship Andrew (Chih-Hong) Chen: Discovering Personal Strengths to Appreciate the Meaning of Life
    Erica (Kuang-Li) Han: The Meaning of Life on Euthanasia

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  6. Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)

    Schedule Saturday, July 30, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
    Invited Talk Dmitry Leontiev: PP2 and “Height Psychology”
    Piers Worth: New Perspectives on Positive Psychology Theory
    Paper Presentations Sherry Beaumont: Identity Flexibility and Wisdom in Adulthood
    Jennifer Brownstein: A Positive Psychology Approach to Increasing Self-Compassion in Adolescents
    Niki Glanz: Investigating the Impact of Happy Childhood Memories with a Globally Diverse Sample Reveals PP2.0 Merits
    Hanna Kampman: A Meta-Synthesis of the Qualitative Findings on Post-Traumatic Growth and Severe Physical Injury
    Cynthia Pury: Process Courage, Accolade Courage, and Meaning
    Melissa Weinberg: Subjective Well-Being, Resilience, and Positive Psychology 2.0
    Julia Yang: The Psychology of Courage

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  7. Positive Education 2.0

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
    Invited Talk Shu-Mei (Suemay) Chang: The Development and Implementation of Life Education in Taiwan
    Paper Presentations Hsiao-Chun Lin: The Implications of Spiritual Development of the Education of Senior Adults in the Context of Taiwan’s Learning Society
    Lorna Ng: Evaluation of an Innovative Inter-Generational Health Promotion Program Incorporating Strength-based Life Review Interview for Patients with Chronic Diseases
    Holli-Anne Passmore: Transcending Education
    Tolani Williams: Predictors of Academic Dishonesty among Serially Frustrated Students in Ogun State
    Cynthia Wimberly: Role of School Counselors in Guiding Students to Meaning in Education

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  8. Spirituality & Self-Transcendence

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM
    Paper Presentations Inci Erkin: Your Body is Trying to Talk, Are You Listening?
    Chinmoy Guha: Spiritual Practice for Meaningful Life
    Diwanag Lagura: A Different Meaning of Easter for Females Above 60 Years Old: An Emerging Spirituality
    Geok Ling Lee: The Quest for Meaning in Life: From the Perspectives of Patients Receiving Palliative Care
    Johnathon Neda: The Experience of Living Spiritually: Existential-Phenomenological Perspective
    Irina Peresetskaya: Evolution of Will to Meaning in Own Life, to Will to Harmony of All Living Things
    Aryeh Siegel: Man’s Search for Divinity: Self-transcendence in Logotherapy and Kabbalah

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  9. Meaning in Life

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM
    Invited Talk Joel Vos: The Effectiveness of Meaning Therapies: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis
    Paper Presentations Gordon Medlock: Implicit Spiritual and Value Orientations Relating to Personal Meaning
    Stephanie Medlock: The Inextricable Link Between Storytelling and Personal Meaning
    Lia Naor: Peak Experience
    Lynn Thompson: Living on Purpose, a Way of Life
    Jonte Vowinckel: The Presence of a Meaningful Balance
    Elizabeth Yu: Asian American Values as Predictors of Life Meaning in Asian and European American College Students

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  10. Meaning in Technology

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM
    Paper Presentations Aida Memisevic: The Growing Trend of Technology Assisted Self Awareness
    Jill Nephew: Could Mind-Computer Interactions Catalyze a Revolution

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Invited Workshops

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  1. Marie Dezelic & Gabriel Ghanoum: Integrating Meaning-Centered Therapy in Palliative Care

    Schedule Friday, July 29, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography Dr. Marie S. Dezelic, PhD, MS, LMHC, CCTP, NCLC, CFRC, NCAIP, Diplomate in Logotherapy, is an author, workshop presenter and educator, and has a private psychotherapy practice in South Florida. Dr. Dezelic sees adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and travels nationally and internationally for crisis intervention. Her clinical research and work focuses on trauma, grief, spirituality, couples/families, and psycho-oncology through an integrative Existential framework. In addition to her Diplomate in Logotherapy, Dr. Dezelic holds several advanced certifications and training in trauma treatment, grief, spirituality, couples and family therapy, addictions, coaching, and several other treatment modalities. She designs and offers healthcare presentations on implementing programs, models, and support teams using the holistic patient-centered approach to patient care, with an emphasis on discovering Meaning within Illness, Palliative Care, Psycho-Spiritual Oncology Treatment, Trauma Treatment, Grief Support, Relationships, Pastoral Care, Spirituality, Compassion Fatigue, Spiritual Well-Being and Stress Reduction. Dr. Dezelic has published Meaning-Centered Therapy Workbook: Based on Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy & Existential Analysis, and co-authored Meaning-Centered Therapy Manual: LTEA Brief Therapy Protocol for Group & Individual Sessions, writes extensively and presents nationally and internationally in various venues. Correspondence:
    Biography Dr. Gabriel Ghanoum, PsyD, MDiv, GCC, BCC, CFRC, NCAIP, Diplomate in Logotherapy, is a workshop presenter, educator and the Director of Palliative and Pastoral Care Services for a network of hospitals in South Eastern Florida. He holds various degrees in Psychology, Theology, and Business, is a certified grief therapist, and holds a Diplomate in Logotherapy. Dr. Ghanoum is passionate about bringing spiritual and psychological awareness through his national and international lectures and retreats on relationships, spirituality, positive psychology, and the psycho-spiritual approach to oncology and healing. He offers health-care staff psycho-educational seminars on various topics, such as Implementing Palliative Care Programs, Pastoral Care, Psycho-Spiritual Approach to Oncology, Spiritual Well-Being, Compassion Fatigue, Staff Satisfaction and Motivation in Healthcare, Trauma and Grief Support. Dr. Ghanoum is a member on various non-profit boards, and is deeply involved in promoting the mental health perspective within several charity programs, including aiding the homeless of South Florida through bio-psycho-social-spiritual care. He has co-authored Meaning-Centered Therapy Manual: LTEA Brief Therapy Protocol for Group & Individual Sessions. Correspondence:
    Workshop Title Integrating Meaning-Centered Therapy in Palliative Care: A Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Approach in Healthcare
    Abstract Palliative Care is a patient/family-centered philosophy of care offered in healthcare settings through a multidisciplinary team approach, when patients have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and in End-of-Life cases where death is imminent.  Since Palliative Care addresses the biological, psychological, sociological, spiritual and existential needs of patients and their families when approaching End-of-Life, in addition to the biological-disease treatment, it is essential to have a psychological theory and method that can assist with the symptoms, questions, and existential concerns that will inevitably arise for patients and their families.  Logotherapy & Existential Analysis, a meaning-centered, existential therapeutic approach, assists palliative medicine clinicians, medical doctors, nurses, counselors, social workers, family therapists, psychologists, and spiritual/pastoral care clinicians to address patients’ existential concerns such as: loss of meaning, questioning meaning, pain and exacerbated by bio-psycho-social-spiritual issues leading to distress, depression, anxiety and hopelessness, as well as spiritual well-being and hope in the absence of cure.  This presentation is based on a manual for teaching healthcare staff how to utilize Meaning-Centered Therapy in Palliative Care; and exhibits how Logotherapy is an applicable and comprehensive therapeutic approach in Palliative Care, as well as how clinicians can help patients in Finding Hope, Meaning and Spiritual Well-Being throughout illness.  Important topics around the scope of Palliative Care, patient concerns, goals of care, distress screening instruments, therapeutic treatment protocols for patient and family sessions, meaning constructions, traumatic responses, mind-body-spirit awareness, and finding meaning in the face of illness will be discussed.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Discuss the basic concepts, with a comprehensive overview of Palliative Care treatment
    2. Classify the stages of growth through adversity in illness as applied through Meaning-Centered Therapy and Positive Psychology
    3. Distinguish the role of existential concerns as they pertain to illness-specific symptoms, distress and despair
    4. Integrate specific knowledge and understanding of important considerations that impact the individual in bio-psycho-social-spiritual treatment
    5. Review and demonstrate knowledge of clinical assessment tools for pain and distress in Palliative Care patients
    6. Apply clinical techniques designed to assist patients in finding meaning, hope, and spiritual-existential well-being after diagnosis
  2. Hal Runkel: ScreamFree Leadership

    Schedule Friday, July 29, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
    CE Credit 2.0
    Biography Hal Edward Runkel, MS, MMFT, LMFT is a world-renowned expert on helping people and organizations courageously face their conflict and find their peace. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, registered conflict mediator, and international speaker, Hal is the NYT bestselling author of ScreamFree Parenting and ScreamFree Marriage. Those books have reached hundreds of thousands around the world, and have been translated into 11 languages. Hal and the ScreamFree message have been featured on over a thousand media outlets, including over 40 appearances on NBC’s TODAY Show, as well as countless local TV and radio stations around the country, and in numerous publications like Good HousekeepingRedbook, and The Huffington Post. After earning both a BA and MS in philosophy & theology, Hal pursued his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. That was when he began to create and practice the ScreamFree philosophy.
    Workshop Title ScreamFree Leadership: React Less, Respond More, and Dramatically Increase Your Influence
    Abstract The central question of leadership is this: How do leaders motivate their people to motivate themselves? How can leaders leverage their authority to create a system that heightens self-direction and engenders shared responsibility? In this engaging and entertaining presentation, Hal Runkel, the NYT best-selling author of ScreamFree Parenting, show how leaders outside the home can effect powerful and substantial change by effectively managing themselves. ScreamFree Leadership shifts the focus to the main factor that matters, the one the leader can alone control: his/her own emotional reactivity (“screaming”). By learning to keep calm, the ScreamFree Leader learns to share both the power and the pressures of leadership, inviting others to discover the own investment in the organization’s success. ScreamFree Leadership inspires individuals, teams, and organizations to operate at the peak of efficiency, productivity, and passion.
    Learning Objectives
    1. The “self-centered” leader has the best chance of effecting powerful change and results
    2. To experience the power of The Leader’s Pause, the moment that leads you from emotional reaction to principled response
    3. Compromise, accommodation, and “being a team player” are actually the leader’s worst enemies
    4. Patterns, not personalities, determine behavior, and how changing one’s own part is all that’s needed
  3. Carol Ryff: Self-Realization and Meaning Making in the Face of Adversity

    Schedule Saturday, July 30, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography Carol D. Ryff, Ph.D., is Director of the Institute on Aging and Hilldale Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research centers on the study of psychological well-being, an area in which she has developed multidimensional assessment scales that have been translated to more than 30 different languages and are used in research across diverse scientific fields. More than 500 publications have been generated using her scales of well-being. Investigations by Dr. Ryff and colleagues have addressed how psychological well-being varies by age, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnic/minority status, and cultural context as well as by the experiences, challenges, and transitions individuals confront as they age. Whether psychological well-being is protective of good physical health is also a major interest, with ongoing longitudinal investigations linking positive psychosocial factors to a wide array of biomarkers (neuroendocrine, immune, cardiovascular) as well as to neural circuitry. A guiding theme in much of this inquiry is human resilience – i.e., how some individuals are able to maintain, or regain, their well-being in the face of significant life challenge and what neurobiology underlies this capacity.Dr. Ryff has generated over 200 publications in the areas described above, and she currently directs the MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.) longitudinal study, which is based on a large national sample of Americans, including twins.  Funded by the National Institute on Aging, MIDUS has become a major forum for studying health and aging as an integrated biopsychosocial process.  She is also Principal Investigator of MIDJA (Midlife in Japan), a parallel to the MIDUS investigation, for which she received an NIH Merit Award.
    Workshop Title Self-Realization and Meaning Making in the Face of Adversity: A Eudaimonic Approach to Human Resilience
    Abstract Ironically, deepened knowledge about self and essential meanings in life often follow from encounters with significant life difficulties.  This workshop will begin with a brief summary of insights from prior studies of resilience.  Three exceptional models of human resilience will then be considered with a focus on how they did it:  what personal qualities and social resources made their journeys of prevailing in the face of enormous hardship possible?  Going from exemplary cases to real-world examples, the third part of the workshop will examine varieties of resilience evident in the MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.) national study.  These include those who have demonstrated a capacity to stay healthy and well despite adverse early life experiences (poverty, child abuse).  Resilience is also evident among those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged in adulthood and/or dealing with problems of racial/ethnic inequality.  Further examples of resilience include cancer survivors, parents of adult children with developmental disabilities, and those dealing with loss of a loved one.  The concluding section of the workshop will focus on whether and how self-realization and meaning making in the face of adversity might be more widely experienced, including how resilience might be nurtured via encounters with the arts (poetry, literature, music).
    Learning Objectives
    1. Learn about prior conceptions of resilience and what have been identified as key protective resources
    2. Review/discuss three key exemplars of self-realization and meaning-making in the face of significant adversity; probe their strengths and resources
    3. Learn about varieties of resilience in the MIDUS national study
    4. Consider possible strategies (educational programs, intervention strategies) for promoting experiences of resilience
    5. Learn about the emerging initiatives related to the arts, health, and well-being
  4. Piers Worth & Scott Tower: Positive Psychology meets Virtue Healing

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
    CE Credit 2.0
    Biograpy Piers Worth, Ph.D. is a ‘Reader’ (Associate Professor) at Bucks New University. He is a Charted Psychologist and accredited psychotherapist. Piers’ PhD research focused on how creativity changes as we age, and how it may support positive ageing. Piers wrote and launched the University’s MSc Applied Positive Psychology programme which is now in its fourth year. He co-authored the ‘Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life’ book that was published in November 2015. Piers is of the view that positive psychology and ‘second wave positive psychology’ perspectives combined with it represent hugely exciting opportunities for teaching and researching psychology.

    His research and writing focus at the present time is on subjects and applications that may broaden the base of positive psychology, such as restorative justice, and the training of medical staff specialists in different disciplines. Piers’ teaching is exploring how theories of Carl Rogers support and even amplify some of the affects found in learning positive psychology; and how appreciative inquiry may be taught and used with positive psychology. Prior to this part of his career, Piers worked for over 35 years in industry and blue chip companies, and for 20 years as an organisation development consultant. He was work and project experience in 17 countries.

    Biography Scott Tower, L.Ac., is a pioneering practitioner and teacher of Chinese medicine. A Licensed acupuncturist, with thirty years of clinical experience, he is an engaging and inspiring teacher, lecturing internationally on a variety of aspects of Chinese Medicine. He has been instrumental in the dissemination of the Shen-Hammer system of pulse diagnosis and more recently of the discipline of Virtue Healing.  He is the former president of the National Foundation for Integrative Medicine, and the Center for International Medicine, Berkeley, CA. As an educator, Scott is committed to exploring creative ways to develop dynamic connections; between diverse traditions, ideas and individuals. He is particularly interested in the aspects of Chinese Medicine that relate to psychology.  Having immersed himself in the tradition of Virtue Healing, Scott has seen the transformative power of this work, both personally and in his clinical practice.  He currently lives and practices in Asheville, North Carolina.
    Workshop Title Positive Psychology Meets Virtue Healing
    Abstract Chinese Medicine is a traditional healing art that offers valuable insight into our psychological nature.  Virtue Healing, a specialized lineage within Chinese Medicine, focuses on the cultivation of The Five Virtues: Compassion, Propriety, Integrity, Selflessness and Wisdom that reflect emotions and cognitive-emotional states.  Each virtue is connected to a specific “negative” emotion.  Through the practice of cultivating the virtues, both singly and collectively, one is able to diminish both the presence and the impact of the negative emotions.  The value of these negative emotions is also to guide us in identifying those virtues most in need of cultivation; as such Virtue Healing is a path to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual awareness, development and healing.This workshop will explore and propose what this ancient discipline might tell us, including how it might inform and potentially redirect or re-emphasise some of our research, practice and teaching within positive psychology in ways which reflect developments of ‘second wave’ positive psychology and meaning psychology.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand a summary of the Chinese medicine concepts of human virtue and how they connect to and offer us additional language (and choices for action) in positive psychology research and practice.
    2. Understand how Maslow’s concepts of self-actualisation, and Rogers’ actualising tendency, and our journey of development and unfolding over time as human beings relate to ‘our Divine nature’ in Virtues Healing.
    3. Understand and explore how ‘virtues’ and emotions may exist in polarities and where working with a ‘negative emotion’ may support awareness and maturation of positive emotions or ‘virtues’. (For example, the experience of a particular negative emotion may point to a polarity positive emotion or virtue that we may need to cultivate.)
    4. Name several discernible positive virtues and emotions, that may be beyond those currently explored in positive psychology literature.
  5. Ken Howard: Minimum Viable Belief

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography The Rev. Kenneth Howard, M.Div., M.Ed. Author, faith leader, and church futurist, Ken Howard is the founder of St. Nicholas Church, a startup congregation of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, and, a startup network preparing faith-based communities and organizations to survive and thrive in environments of extreme uncertainty and exponential change. He is the author of two books, Excommunicating the Faithful and Paradoxy: Creating Christian Community Beyond Us and Them, and is currently working on a third, FaithX: Experimental Faith Communities for an Undiscovered Future, forthcoming in mid-2016. He has consulted with scores of church startups, restarts, and redevelopments, led workshops, retreats, and working conferences for lay and ordained church leadership, and presented at national church and non-church conferences.
    Workshop Title Minimum Viable Belief: How the Need for Transcendent Meaning is Breaking Down the Boundaries between Faith and Business
    Abstract The common wisdom has long held that faith and business are entirely dissimilar disciplines from the utterly unconnected realms of the sacred and the secular. More than years ago Ken Howard set out to prove that common wisdom was wrong: that the distinction between sacred and secular was false and that the disciplines of faith and business had much to learn from each other. Leaving a successful business leadership consulting practice to become an ordained pastor he began helping faith-based communities and organizations thrive in midst of uncertainty and change by adapting lean and entrepreneurial business practices. Now Ken is adapting the practices of lean and entrepreneurial faith-based communities and organizations back into business. The common connection? Transcendent meaning… A principle Ken calls Minimum Viable Belief.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand what is meant by transcendent meaning.
    2. Learn how clarifying a worker’s transcendent meaning can increase that worker’s motivation, satisfaction, and productivity.
    3. Knowing how clarifying an organization’s transcendent reason for existence can create a focused, creative, and sustainable organizational culture.
    4. Learn how business entrepreneurs can employ faith and how faith leaders can become more entrepreneurial in a practical manner.

Accepted Workshops

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  1. Luis Marrero: Diagnosing Organizations' Cultural Meanings

    Schedule Friday, July 29, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography Author, international speaker, trainer and facilitator, Luis is CEO of the Boston Institute for Meaningful Purpose, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the International Network for Personal Meaning (INPM), Editor of the INPM Newsletter; and co-founder of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) Work & Organization Division. With over 40 years of work experience, Luis has consulted, lectured and trained an international clientele both as an internal Human Resource senior leader as well as an external Organization Development Consultant. As an internal professional he worked for not-for-profit, as well as Fortune 50 firms such as The Walt Disney Company, where Luis was a Senior Organization Development Consultant for members of the Disney leadership team. He also worked for CHRISTUS Health as Director of Talent Management and Organization Development. As an internal and external consultant, Luis has served international brands such as Johnson & Johnson, BP, National Grid, Iberdrola de España, Diageo, Shell, and others.

    Luis is also the pioneer of meaningful purpose psychology or logoteleology, and author of The Path to a Meaningful Purpose: Psychological Foundations of Logoteleology. He is now working on his second book which he plans to publish by 2017.

    Workshop Title Diagnosing Organizations’ Cultural Meanings: A Logoteleological Approach
    Abstract Meaningful Purpose Psychology’s (MPP) Organization Development method describes current organizational propositions and theory as intrinsically flawed and outdated, and – as a rule – unable to generate intrinsic environments where all stakeholders are able to thrive and benefit. MPP proposes that it is very difficult, if not impossible, for change initiatives to generate sustained engaging work environments as long as the meaning fundamentals are not aligned to serve all stakeholders.
    Learning Objectives
    1. learn some of the fundamentals of meaningful purpose psychology or logoteleology theory
    2. review the engagement problem within organizations
    3. leverage logoteleology theory to understand the underlying root causes to disengagement
    4. learn and practice a methodology to assess cultural meanings and their implications
  2. Shizuka Modica: Leading Meaningfully for High Performance

    Schedule Friday, July 29, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography As a learning facilitator, Dr. Shizuka Modica helps individuals and organizations perform optimally and grow sustainably. She is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership at the Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics. She earned her master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her PhD in higher education from the University of Virginia. She is also an ICF-certified coach. Previously, Shizuka was an international higher education administrator and publicist in Japan. In the US, she managed a cardiology research center; researched and wrote business cases on leadership, organic growth, and entrepreneurship; and taught organizational behavior.
    Workshop Title Leading Meaningfully for High Performance
    Abstract In this workshop, you will be introduced to a new framework that places “meaningful work” as the center of individual and organizational behavior and performance. Building on Self-Determination Theory and existential and cognitive psychology, the framework can explain how we make meaning in our work across industry, culture, age, gender, socio-economic status, etc. Once we understand how we make meaning in our work, we can apply our understanding to lead ourselves and others meaningfully in the ever-changing global economy.
    Learning Objectives
    1. universal principles of motivational forces for positive meaning-making;
    2. how you make meaning in your own work (self-assessment survey);
    3. what your leadership challenges may be in your specific work contexts; and
    4. how you can apply these universal principles to improve your work performance;
    5. how you can create environments conducive to others’ positive meaning-making; and
    6. what your action plans may be to lead yourself and others meaningfully.
  3. Julia Ruppert: Positive Visual Reframing

    Schedule Friday, July 29, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography Trained at Canada’s Concordia University and Goldsmith’s University of London, Julia Ruppert is a state-registered Art Therapist and the founder of Collective Arts. Julia’s approach, based on 25 years’ of experience delivering creative and wellbeing programmes highlights the positive transformation of negative experience through contextualised and directed visual activity.

    In 2015, Julia graduated with distinction from the University of East London’s MAPP programme. Julia’s research explores the outcomes of using Positive Visual Reframing to transform negative experiences in non-clinical, adult populations. Her results identify Positive Visual Reframing as a practical and evidence-based intervention that both supports and operationalises Wong’s Positive Psychology 2.0.

    Workshop Title Positive Visual Reframing
    Abstract Based on the results of a randomised control trial, this 1-2 hour workshop provides a practical overview of positive visual reframing – a single session intervention where drawn visual imagery is used to shift perceptions of negative experiences in non-clinical, adult populations. The workshop considers personal meaning and the value of exploring negative experiences in positive psychology to enhance growth and positive gain. It further operationalises Wong’s Positive Psychology 2.0 by positioning positive visual reframing as a practical, efficient and ‘life optimising’ intervention with scope to enhance and support self-regulation (Wong, 2011).Overall the session aims to demonstrate that visual interventions and the positive transformation of negative experience offer a rich and underexplored area of investigation within positive psychology. The session also highlights that, whereas qualitative research is by far the method of choice for arts-based research, randomised control trials can be designed to provide an accessible alternative. Finally, the workshop offers practical insight into Positive Visual Reframing as an effective, viable and evidence-based intervention within the remit Positive Psychology 2.0.
  4. Laura Armstrong: R.E.A.L. Therapy

    Schedule Friday, July 29, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography Dr. Laura Lynne Armstrong, C.Psych. is a Clinical Psychologist and scientist-practitioner who works with children, youth, and adults presenting with a variety of social, emotional and behavioural problems. She is an Assistant Professor in the School of Counselling, Psychotherapy, & Spirituality at Saint Paul University in Ottawa.  Dr. Armstrong is actively involved in research on R.E.A.L. Therapy and development of the D.R.E.A.M. Program curriculum: Developing Resilience through Emotions, Attitudes, and Meaning. The D.R.E.A.M. program is grounded in Rational Emotive, attachment-based, and Logotherapy literature. It is a school-based mental health promotion program for children ages 6 to 12. The D.R.E.A.M. Program uses original music and brief hands-on activities to teach skills for mental health resilience.
    Workshop Title R.E.A.L. Therapy: Rational Emotive Attachment-Based Logotherapy for Children, Adolescents, and Families
    Abstract R.E.A.L. Therapy is a novel, meaning-based psychological approach to treatment that merges Rational Emotive, attachment-building, and Logotherapy techniques for children, adolescents, and families (Armstrong, 2016). The R.E.A.L. therapy model teaches skills aimed at enhancing meaning and attachment through experiential activities. It also targets the building of social literacy skills and personal insight through emotion recognition strategies. R.E.A.L. Therapy addresses negative thinking patterns or problem-solving challenges through collaborative, empathic dialogue, evidence testing, and games. This approach is “spiritual” as it taps into the individual or family’s search for meaning.
    The purpose of this workshop is to engage participants with R.E.A.L. theory, therapy tools, and hands-on exercises to practice skills learned. Original “child friendly” music will also be used as storytelling to engage participants in discussion. Overall, the combination of Rational-Emotive, Attachment-based, and Logotherapy tools are designed to be antidotes to the poisons of family suffering: Disconnection, meaninglessness, and “stinky thoughts.” The overarching goal of R.E.A.L. therapy is to move parents, adolescents, and children from 1) Disconnection to (re)attachment; 2) Meaninglessness to meaning by engaging clients in activities that enhance creativity, experiencing, attitudinal change, and giving; and 3) “Stinky” thoughts and behaviours to healthy ways of thinking, problem-solving, and acting that do not cloud the experience of pain, joy, and meaning.
    Learning Objectives
    1. Stories and metaphors to provide clients with a rationale for specific therapy tools, as well as to explain the concepts of “freedom of choice” and “responsibility”
    2. Individual or family-based games that are brief, simple, and engaging to demonstrate R.E.A.L. therapy tools in an experiential manner
    3. How to teach family members to engage in collaborative, empathic dialogue around “stinky thoughts” or “sticky situations”
    4. Experiential relapse prevention strategies
  5. Lia Naor: Meaning Making and the Mechanism of Positive Change

    Schedule Saturday, July 30, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography Lia Naor is a PhD student in the Department for Counseling and Human Development at the University of Haifa, Israel. Lia is currently working on a model for therapy in nature – the aftermath of a four year research project involving the study of positive personal transformation, particularly at it occurs in nature. Lia holds a BA in social work and an MA in drama therapy. Lia teaches nature therapy, lectures on related topics and has a private practice, she has presented her work in several academic conferences around the world and has written several papers on the topic.
    Workshop Title A Change of Heart: Meaning Making and the Mechanism of Positive Change
    Abstract This workshop/paper will present the process by which the negative and positive are interrelated, entwined and interchanged in the art of meaning making resulting in personal positive transformation. While traditional health and psychotherapy has focused on the cure, elimination and repair of negative symptoms, positive psychology has focused on the study of well-being, happiness and flourishing (Seligman, 1998). In congruence with 2nd wave positive psychology (SWPP), gaining full human development is fundamentally about the joining of these two realms, holding the complexity and paradox of life in its totality (Lomas & Ivtzan, 2015; Ryff & Singer, 2003). This dialectical appreciation is characterized by a more integrative approach to the concepts of positive and negative whereby flourishing includes the appreciating and even embracing the complex and ambivalent nature of life while finding meaning and virtue or Eudaimonia (Held 2004; King, 2001; Wong 2011).
  6. Zvi Bellin: Transcending Meaning Frustrations in the Lives and Stories of Marginalized People

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography Dr. Zvi Bellin is an Assistant Professor of Holistic Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in the Bay Area, California. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in meaning-centered psychotherapy, infused with narrative and mindfulness therapies. His recent publications include articles about post-conventional faith, and the relationship between mindfulness practice and meaning in life. Dr. Bellin is a committed practitioner of mindfulness and leads therapeutically-oriented mindfulness retreats. Additionally, he was a principle researcher on a grant-funded program to improve LGBTQI2-S competency for Alameda County behavioral health providers. Dr. Bellin is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association of Humanistic Counseling, and the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors and served as a member of the Transition Committee for the International Network for Personal Meaning.
    Workshop Title Transcending Meaning Frustrations in the Lives and Stories of Marginalized People
    Abstract I will present on the narrative analysis research I am currently conducting, interviewing people from historically marginalized groups in the U.S. The goal of the research is to help counselors better serve people who struggle with a sense of personal meaning which is frustrated by social marginalization. This specific workshop will explore how marginalization impacts personal meaning both from an individual experience, and a multi-generational experience of oppression. Participants will explore how clients learn the rules of marginalization, especially as it relates to their sense of personal meaning. They will be invited to explore their own experiences of marginalization as connected with their ongoing quest for personal meaning. I will present some preliminary data that expresses the themes by which individuals have learned to navigate their sense of personal meaning, in spite of, and in light of their marginalized identities. We will also review the highlighted trends that speak to successful clinical presence and technique that aided the study’s participants in overcoming meaning frustrations due to marginalization. A central issue that this workshop will struggle with is if there are universal qualities to the quest for personal meaning in the lives of all marginalized people, or if the experience of marginalization is too diverse to allow for any unifying meaning-centered qualities.
  7. Annette Poizner: Using the Kabbalistic Tree of Life in Clinical Assessment

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography Annette Poizner, MSW, Ed.D, RSW, is a Columbia-trained clinical social worker whose doctorate explored the use of graphology within psychotherapy. She authored, “Clinical Graphology: An Interpretive Manual for Mental Health Practitioners” (Charles C Thomas). She has presented extensively on Kabbalah and the psychology of handwriting in the community, at large, and in academic settings: Queen’s University, the Canadian Society of Spirituality & Social Work Conference, the Canadian Association for Pastoral Practice and Education Conference, the Canadian Psychological Association Conference, U of T, etc. She founded the Jewish Health Alliance, a continuing education organization which explored the application of Jewish wisdom to clinical practice over a period of 11 years.
    Workshop Title Reading the Soul: Using the Kabbalistic Tree of Life in Clinical Assessment
    Abstract The Kabbalistic Tree of Life, introduced in Genesis and further explicated in the ancient Sefer Yetzirah, provides an intricate map of the psyche that therapists and clients can use to understand personality style, identify life purpose, establish personal goals and evaluate therapeutic progress over time. The Tree of Life depicts 10 attributes of the Divine as they cluster and function as a unified system. Given that humans are made in the image of the Divine, these attributes are also constituent parts of the human body/mind. The mystical tradition asserts that they determine personality and their state and status in any given human being is expressed in his or her every behaviour. As a result, when we analyze an individual’s behaviour we are able to see these 10 psychological faculties at play, and can determine whether they are functioning together harmonically (thereby indicating wellness) or are chaotically out of sync (expressing Imbalance).
    Learning Objectives
    1. Participants will cultivate the ability to assess clients through the lens of Kabbalah, discerning personality style, level of psycho-spiritual maturity, areas of strength, weakness or imbalance, all determined on the basis of handwriting but informed by the Jewish mystical framework.
    2. Attendees will acquire entry-level graphology skills allowing them to generate tentative insights about those they are trying to help by examining handwriting and signatures.
  8. Robyn Stratton-Berkessel: I Connect, Therefore I Am!

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography Robyn Stratton-Berkessel, AKA Positivity Strategist is an author, a speaker, a podcast host, an app developer, a designer and facilitator, and coach.  Robyn’s strengths are leading positive change, partnering with organizational and community members around the world.  As an act of co-creation, she designs and facilitates experiences to unleash ownership, inclusion and collaboration. Her professional experience includes “Big 4” management consulting, financial and professional services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, retail, education and not-for-profit.
    Workshop Title I Connect, Therefore I Am!
    Abstract Technologically, we’re experiencing a world that is more connected, more open, and more transparent than at any other time in history. We can access information and resources we didn’t know possible. We have the potential to develop relationships, be more collaborative and productive across channels of our choosing.  How are we co-creating meaning in our collaborative age? Through unlikely collaborations and connections, we have the potential to reinvent the way in which we engage with each other and how many of our systems work.People refer to this time as the collaborative revolution just as history talks about the industrial revolution.  A big shift in our socio-economic paradigms is unfolding at this time. Digital technology has opened us to opportunity, diversity and possibility, irrespective of our economic, educational, ethnic, geographic or religious backgrounds.  Our devices are tools of connection enabling us to make new meanings through sharing stories, ideas, practical wisdom, hope and aspirations. How are we making meaning together in all contexts about work, wealth, markets, power and personal identity?  How are we valuing our relational world?

    This one-hour workshop, “I connect, therefore I am” is designed as an Appreciative Inquiry where we seek to discover the best in people, our organizations, and the relevant world around us.  The workshop is inquiry-based focusing on story-telling through multiple perspectives as a meaning-making modality.

    Learning Objectives
    1. Experience meaning- and purpose-oriented practices that enhance positive community and organizational systems through the process of the 4-D Cycle of Appreciative Inquiry.
    2. Explore and experience the Principles of Appreciative Inquiry – Social Construction, Simultaneity, Anticipatory, Poetic, Positive, Wholeness, Narrative, and Enactment.
    3. Experience that through affirmative questions, we access our positive emotions to broaden and build our thought-action repertoire thereby opening us to collaborative meaning-making.
    4. Discuss what new possibilities emerge from the perspective of “I connect, therefore I am.”
  9. Jill Nephew: Computer Assisted Meaning Making

    Schedule Sunday, July 31, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
    CE Credit 1.0
    Biography Jill Nephew is the founder of Inqwire, PBC – tools for personal meaning making.  She has a scientific background in complex physical systems – soft condensed matter physics, atmospheric dynamics, and biophysics. She has worked for many years as a technologist in the domain of computer modeling, languages, algorithms and artificial intelligence. She also has a 30 year personal inquiry and meditation practice where she constantly applies experimentation, empiricism, and innovation to reveal a deeper subjective understanding of the psyche. She is currently writing a book on how best computers can help people make sense of their lives.
    Workshop Title Computer Assisted Meaning Making
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    Abstract In this workshop we will explore a variety of ways that human-computer interactions might be used synergistically with human-human interactions to enhance and accelerate personal meaning making, as well as ways making it more affordable and accessible to a wider audience while supporting and even enhancing the essential aspects of the human-human interaction.


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Session #1: Meaning (Friday, July 29, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM)

  1. Sherry BeaumontTeaching Experiential Positive Psychology
    Teaching Experiential Positive Psychology: Mindful Self-Compassion for the University Student Experience
    I recently taught an undergraduate course called, “Experiential Positive Psychology.” My reasons for offering this course were both pedagogical and empirical. For several years, students who had taken my introductory positive psychology course stated an interest in taking more advanced courses in positive psychology, particularly courses based in experiential learning. At the same time, my years of researching adult identity and wisdom made me intrigued by the possibility of creating an experiential intervention to foster identity growth in emerging adults.These two interests converged in the development of an identity intervention, called Mindful Self- Compassion: Modified for the University Experience (MSC-MUSE), which was delivered as an experiential positive psychology course. The intervention/course content included psycho-education about self-identity, positive coping, personal growth, mindfulness, contemplation, self-compassion, and reflective writing. In-class experiential learning consisted of a modified version of the Mindful Self- Compassion (MSC) program, developed by Kristen Neff and Christopher Germer, which has been shown to result in increases in participants’ self-reported mindfulness, self-compassion, and subjective well- being (Neff & Germer, 2012).
  2. Sherry BeaumontA Growth-Oriented Identity Processing Style Predicts Wisdom and Personal Meaning
    A Growth-Oriented Identity Processing Style Predicts Wisdom and Personal Meaning
    Considerable research has investigated how individuals develop an ego-identity that fosters positive character development (e.g., wisdom) and life meaning. Research by Beaumont (2011) revealed that a particular way of processing identity-related information and concerns positively predicts wisdom and the presence of meaning in life. This identity style, called the growth-oriented identity style, is characterized by an orientation towards the growth of integrated/wise self-knowledge. The growth style can be contrasted with other styles of identity processing: a normative identity style is one in which individuals process identity-related concerns by following prescribed norms; and, users of a diffuse- avoidant style postpone addressing identity related concerns as long as possible (Berzonsky, 2011).The current research was replication and extension of previous research on the growth-oriented identity style, wisdom, and meaning in life. However, this study provided more elaborate measurement of meaning in life. A sample of 162 university students (age range = 17-29; 70.8% women; M = 19.83; SD = 2.25) participated in an online survey study for extra course credit. Participants completed the following self-report inventories: (a) The Identity Style Inventory (ISI-6G; White, Wampler, & Winn, 1998) provided a measure of identity styles (growth-oriented; normative; diffuse-avoidant); (b) The Three- Dimensional Wisdom Scale (3D-WS (Ardelt, 2003) measured total wisdom, as well as reflective, cognitive, and affective wisdom; (c) The Meaningful Life Measure (MLM; Morgan & Farsides, 2009) provided scores on five types of life meaning (purposeful life; accomplished life; principled life; exciting life; valued life); and, (d) the Questionnaire for Eudaimonic Well-Being (QEWB; Waterman et al., 2010) provided a total score for EWB as conceptualized as self-discovery, a sense of purpose in life, intense engagement in meaningful activities, and feelings of personal expressiveness.
  3. Mandy ChanPositive Life Education Program for Chinese Adolescents
    Positive Life Education Program for Chinese Adolescents
    The purpose of this presentation is to introduce a school-based life education program which aims to promote positive accomplishments and relationships among Chinese students in Grade 7 in Hong Kong. It is hoped that the implementation of the program will have positive influences on students’ perceptions of the classroom learning environments and social-emotional well-being. The program is developed basing on the research literature of positive psychology.
  4. Sanghee ChunMeaning-Focused Coping Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
    Meaning-Focused Coping Following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
    The considerable evidence demonstrates that people with traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) often experience negative consequences. However, a growing body of literature provides compelling evidence of positive life changes as a result of effective coping with traumatic illnesses (Calhoun & Tedeschi, 2006). Among various coping approaches identified in the trauma and rehabilitation literature, more recent studies have identified that meaning-focused coping can contribute to individuals’ adjustment following uncontrollable stressful events and facilitate to experience personal growth (e.g., Guo, Gan, Tong, 2011). Meaning-focused coping refers to appraisal-based coping in which individuals tend to use their existential goals, values, and beliefs to motivate, cope with stress, and maintain well-being while dealing with negative life events (Park & Folkman, 1997). When people experience life-threatening illness, they have to confront the reality of death and those experiences facilitate an existential search for meaning in dealing with painful treatment process and adjustment to changed environment (e.g., Xuereb & Dunlop, 2003). Although a number of coping studies have provided important insights on the role of personal meaning on adjustment to chronic illnesses, there is a lack of research describing the actual experience of meaning-focused coping and those in response to trauma. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore meaning-focused coping during the rehabilitation and adjustment periods following traumatic SCI.
  5. Marjan HassaniRaadEffectiveness of Unity-Oriented Psychodrama on Sense of Coherence of MS Patients
    Effectiveness of Unity-oriented Psychodrama on Sense of Coherence of MS Patients
    The goal of the present study was to examine the effectiveness of psychodrama based on unity-oriented approach on the sense of coherence of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Multiple sclerosis with its debilitating, chronic and unexpected features, imposes many challenges on patients’ lives. Due to the young age of onset of this disease, the patients have to reschedule life, family and job plans, also face the relapse of the disease and the lack of autonomy that leads to great anxiety and usually loss of meaning. A sense of coherence which is a general direction to consider life as understandable, controllable and meaningful leads to more compatibility and reduced vulnerability. Therefore, the increased sense of coherence in MS patients may be a good coping strategy for adaptability with the disease. Unity-oriented psychology is a new Iranian approach based on the unity-oriented human nature and associated with Islamic mysticism and eastern philosophy that takes advantage of cognitive and spiritual tasks which include a series of awareness for the unitary presence (link to the unity-oriented source of being) and meaningful connection to one’s own self and the world through cognitive and intuitive exercises, for instance, unity-oriented recognition of self and world and acceptance of meaningful life in a purposeful universe. This awareness adds to the security, significance and importance of the individual in the world through the understanding of his/her unique role and eternal and continuous life, and promotes the value and integrity of self and a sense of confidence and trust in the universe. The person meets the meaning in the world and through this perception, the importance of the presence of the individual in the world is highlighted.
  6. Chi-Yun Lin: Exploring the Meaning of Helping Others and Self-Help
    Exploring the Meaning of Helping Others and Self-Help: Case Study of a Suicide Prevention Program
    This article examines how the design of a suicide prevention curriculum influenced counseling psychology college students, including both students’ personal growth and professional work. The aims of this research study were to (1) to analyze the meaning and influence of the curriculum on students’ self-growth; (2) review the meaning and influence of the curriculum on students’ professional work, which is helping other people; and (3) investigate how the design of a suicide prevention curriculum influences students’ overall growth experience.
  7. Hsu-Ling Lin: The Relationship Among Meaning Structure, Meaning-Making, and Grief Responses
    The Relationship Among Meaning Structure, Meaning-Making, and Grief Responses: A Study of the Grieving Process of Five Bereaved Mothers After Becoming Buddhists
    The purposes of this study were to explore the effect of bereaved mothers adopting Buddhist teachings on their meaning structures, interpretations of the loss, and subsequent grieving responses. The grounded theory approach was used in this study. Data was generated from in-depth interviews of five Buddhist mothers whose child had died 10 to 26 years prior to the study.
  8. Lorna Ng: Impact of a Family Physician-led Positive Psychology Group Intervention for Chronic Illness Patients with Negative Emotional States in Primary Care
    Impact of a Family Physician-led Positive Psychology Group Intervention for Chronic Illness Patients with Negative Emotional States in Primary Care – A Pilot Study
    As patients with chronic medical illness represent a population at particularly high risk of mental disorders, the importance of promoting mental wellbeing while taking care of their medical needs should be advocated. Different psychotherapeutic interventions including positive psychology has been shown to benefit patients with chronic disease. Researchers have shown the unique association of positive affect with lower risk of morbidity and mortality in healthy and chronically ill patients using multiple component intervention, irrespective of the effects of negative affect. Using a group psychotherapy approach for patients with chronic diseases and negative emotional states is not only cost effective in a busy primary care clinic but it could also create positive benefit with rippling effects to patients’ mental well-being. This prospective study explored the effectiveness of using Positive Psychology group intervention in reducing negative emotional states and enhancing positive affect of patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension and/or diabetes mellitus.
  9. Ryo OkuboDevelopment of Positive Psychology Intervention Program for Mothers With Infants Affected by Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Disaster
    Development of Positive Psychology Intervention Program for Mothers with Infants Affected by Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Disaster
    Positive psychology intervention was conducted to support mothers with infants affected by Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. In Fukushima, it was found some mothers were worrying about that their infants might be in danger of health hazard stemming from radiation exposure even though the risk from radiation is low scientifically. As is well known in general, high parental anxiety or chronic parental stress can have negative effects on infant healthy development via disturbance in parental behavior. Therefore, psychological aid is required to encourage them to have positive emotions. According to character strength studies, we developed an intervention program focused upon the positive emotions: love and gratitude in everyday life. We expected that these positive emotions would enable the mothers to keep child rearing functional and creative in the face of constant state of anxiety.

Session #2: Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0) (Saturday, July 30, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM)

  1. Hanna KampmanPosttraumatic Growth and Achievement in British Paralympic Athletes
    Post-Traumatic Growth and Team Sports: Towards All-Encompassing Model of the Complex Relationship Between Acquired Disability, Team Sports and Post-Traumatic Growth
    Based on previous research in the area of post traumatic growth, severe injuries and sports (Day, 2013; Grawford, Gayman & Tracey, 2014; Kampman & Hefferon, 2014; Kampman, Hefferon, Wilson & Beale, 2015) this study set out to create an interpretative portrayal of the phenomenon around team sports, grounded in purposively collected data. 12 participants that had acquired disabilities and were participating in team sports either at elite or leisure level – were interviewed using semi-structured techniques. This original analysis on the phenomenon revealed unique elements of team sports as a facilitator of growth and the role of the body in post-traumatic growth.
  2. Hanna KampmanPost-Traumatic Growth and Team Sports
    ‘Find a Sport and Carry On’: Posttraumatic Growth and Achievement in British Paralympic Athletes
    The negative aftermath of acquired disability has been studied rigorously. However, more understanding is needed on the positive psychological outcomes that might follow as a result of surviving and dealing with the trauma. The research on achievement and success after acquired disability is still in its infancy and needs further attention. Objective: This study provides an in-depth account of the experience of posttraumatic growth in Paralympic athletes, as well as how acquired disability led to engagement and training in sports and eventually to participation in the 2012 Paralympics in London.
  3. Hyang Eun Kim: Developing Community Wellness of Multicultural Acceptance and Social Inclusion
    Developing Community Wellness of Multicultural Acceptance and Social Inclusion: A Community-based Networking Project
    Recently, in South Korea, there have been increasing numbers of people who have multicultural backgrounds. North Korean refugees are one of them. The number of North Korean refugees who have escaped from North Korea and settled in South Korea is almost thirty thousand. While the numbers have been growing remarkably, there are a number of negative aspects including maladaptation of North Korean refugees, social tension and conflict between North Korean refugees and South Korean citizens, and discrimination. To reinforce community wellness in terms of multicultural acceptance and social inclusion, a community-based networking project that promotes better social interactions between North Korean refugees and South Koreans was developed collaborating with local schools, youth groups and a public support center for North Korean refugees. Two hour long classroom activities including lectures (on the status of North Korea and North Korean refugees), group discussions, role plays and Q & A led by a North Korean refugees were designed to help them to create an outreach strategy in which they become their own advocates in dispelling the stereotype that North Korean refugees are a burden to South Korean society. The program was implemented at six elementary school classes (N=185), four high school classes (N=143), two church youth groups (N=82) and six college classes (N=210). Class evaluations were analyzed from participants’ responses to questions asked in surveys and interviews. The vast majority of participants echoed that the course helped them to become aware of the importance of social inclusion of North Korean refugees who are one of the minority groups in South Korea struggling with discrimination and being disregarded of their cultural backgrounds. The course also helped them to develop a positive attitude toward reunification. The Implications in community capacity building of social inclusion and reinforcing of public wellness based on the research findings were discussed.
  4. Tracie Lee: A Theoretical Review of the Experience and Impact of Attunement in Couple Relationships
    Staying Attuned: A Theoretical Review of the Experience and Impact of Attunement in Couple Relationships
    In the literature, attunement is theorized to be a critical relational process in various contexts, such as in infant-caregiver dyads, therapeutic dyads, and couple dyads. Attunement has been mainly described in the developmental psychology literature in the context of infant-caregiver dyads. It has been found to be critical for child development in supporting the self-reflection and regulation of a child’s own affective experiences and building a sense of self. Beyond the developmental psychology literature, attunement has been conceptualized in many different ways. It has been described as the ability to be accurately sensitive to and gratifying of one’s needs when they arise, the kinesthetic and emotional sensing of others resulting in a reciprocal, shared affect and resonating response, a concept associated with attachment, the critical micro-moments of interactions, and the process of being relationally present and able to recognize the needs and cues of another. Given these diverse definitions and perceptions of attunement, it can be difficult to describe in concrete terms. Therefore, a concrete understanding of attunement in couple relationships will be necessary in order to further investigate this phenomenon.
  5. Ted (Kheng Siang) NgThe Effects of Horticultural Therapy on the Psychological Well-Being and Psychoneuroimmunological Markers of Elderly in Singapore
    The Effects of Horticultural Therapy on the Psychological Well-Being and Psychoneuroimmunological Markers of Elderly in Singapore
    In 2014, the residents aged 65 and above comprised of 10.5% of the population in Singapore. By the year 2030, this number was projected to triple. For Singaporean elderly, social isolation is one of the main factors affecting the prevalence of depressive symptoms. In this regard, we proposed Horticultural Therapy (HT), which employs gardening and parks visits, to enhance the psychological well-being of community-dwelling elderly. There is also a paucity examining biomarkers in HT studies. This is a pilot randomized controlled trial in Singapore to examine the effects of HT on both the psychometric measures and biomarkers of older adults. We hypothesized that HT could improve psychological well-being, via the regulation of psychoneuroimmunological markers.
  6. Carmel ProctorThe Rogerian Fully Functioning Person

    The Rogerian Fully Functioning Person
    Two studies examined the characteristics of the Rogerian fully functioning person from the positive psychology perspective. Based on the findings of extant research in support of the Rogerian metatheoretical model, indicators were selected to represent characteristics constituting the fully functioning person. Using confirmatory factor analysis, a single factor structure of the fully functioning person was assessed with young adults. Participants of both studies completed measures of life satisfaction, positive thoughts and feelings, authenticity, organismic valuing, aspirations, basic psychological needs, anxiety, and strengths use. Participants of Study 2 also completed a measure of character strengths endorsement. Analyses revealed that variables consistent with the Rogerian fully functioning person loaded positively on a single “fully functioning person” factor. Overall, results suggest that the fully functioning person is high in life satisfaction, has increased positive thoughts and feelings and decreased negative thoughts and feelings, low anxiety, and moves toward intrinsic values rather than extrinsic values. The fully functioning person component was positively correlated with the character strengths of enthusiasm, bravery, honesty, leadership, and spirituality, and negatively correlated with modesty and fairness. Results supplement research indicating strong links between positive psychology and the person-centered theory of Carl Rogers.
  7. Cynthia Pury: A Situational View of Courage
    A Situational View of Courage: Affordances for Action, Goals, and Risks
    Courage can be defined as voluntarily taking a personal risk for a worthwhile or noble goal (Rate, 2010). In other words, it is a voluntary response that requires three specific situational contexts: the opportunity to choose action or inaction, an important goal, and at least one risk associated with pursuing that goal. In this study, we explore courageous actions and their situational affordances, or the extent to which a situation provides an opportunity for specific types of courageous action. One hundred twenty undergraduates described a time they acted courageously, then answered multiple questions about both the action itself and 16 types of situational affordances. Overall, three affordances (considering other people, taking action, and considering one’s self) differed the most between types of goals pursued, types of risks taken, and participant ratings of the action.
  8. Cynthia PuryValuing Goals as a Strategy to Increase Courage
    Valuing Goals as a Strategy to Increase Courage
    We consider courage as an instrumental process that helps people accomplish valuable goals despite personal risk (see Pury & Starkey, 2010). We propose that people might engage in self-regulatory thoughts or behaviors to increase their courage. As part of other courage research projects (Pury & Kowalski, 2007; Pury, Kowalski, & Spearman, 2007), participants were asked to describe a time they acted courageously, then asked to, “Describe anything you did or thought to make yourself feel more courageous prior to or during [their] courageous action.” Responses were coded by two independent coders using both a priori codes based on Rate’s (2010) definition of courage (a voluntary action to pursue a worthwhile or noble goal despite the presence of risk to the actor) in addition to any other substantial emergent themes. Six categories were identified: 1) focusing on the value of the goal, 2) increasing self-efficacy, 3) decreasing sense of risk, 4) unspecified prayer, 5) enlisting the help of others, and 6) doing nothing.
  9. Cynthia PuryAccolade Courage and Meaning
    Awards for Bravery: Accolade Courage and Meaning
    This paper examines the relation between accolade courage, or calling an action couragous, and having particular political and religious affiliations. Specifically, we ask whether and how political and religious identities structure attitudes about the courageousness of recent actions by two United States public figures who won awards for courage in the past two years: Caitlyn Jenner, a prominent athlete and celebrity who publicly transitioned from male to female; and Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as part of her job as a county clerk in Kentucky. We draw upon Pury and Starkey’s (2010) “accolade courage”, which proposes that calling an action courageous serves in part as an endorsement or recommendation of the behavior. We analyze data from two samples: a convenience sample of undergraduates at a public university in the South (N = 235) and a national sample collected using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service (N = 1062). Preliminary results from both samples support our hypothesis that accolade courage functions as a marker of agreement with the goal of the action, rather than an acknowledgment of the danger faced by the actor. The role of public awards for courage in political and religious identity is discussed.
  10. Petr UrbanBeyond Altruistic Self-Transcendence
    Beyond Altruistic Self-Transcendence: Making Positive Psychology Even Less Individualistic
    Positive psychology (PP) is at an important turning point. Two central aspects of the recent transformation of PP consist in 1) focusing on the ‘dark side’ of life and its role in positive human functioning (Ivtzan et al., 2016 – second wave positive psychology: PP2.0), and 2) emphasising the social dimension of wellbeing in contrast to the initial individualistic focus of PP (Biswas-Diener, 2011). The two aspects interweave in PP2.0’s recent concern with compassion, empathy and altruistic self-transcendence. PP2.0 aims to show how opening myself up to the suffering of another and responding through benevolent action can have a profound positive outcome not only for the recipient but also for me as the actor (Lomas, 2016). Selfless acting out of concern for the other allows me to transcend my narrow individual self. Altruistic self-transcendence has a great transformative potential for the actor and can result in an substantial increase of her wellbeing (Lomas, 2016). The main aim of my presentation is to make the case that we have to move beyond the concern with altruistic self-transcendence in order to make PP even less individualistic.