Speakers

November 27, 2015

Speakers

Come, meet, and listen to the world’s leading authorities on meaning research and meaning-centered therapy speak at the Meaning Conference. 

Click the speaker names below (alphabetically by last name) to read their bios, keynote abstracts, workshop descriptions, and more.

Keynote Speakers  Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Carol RyffCarol 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.

Dr. Ryff will be receiving the INPM’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her landmark research on well-being and positive aging during the Awards Banquet.

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Keynote Lecture Weaving the Tale Together: Aging, Purposeful Engagement, and Health Saturday, July 30, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Workshop Self-Realization and Meaning Making in the Face of Adversity: A Eudaimonic Approach to Human Resilience Saturday, July 30, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Panel Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)
Alongside Veronika Huta, Itai Ivtzan, Dmitry Leontiev, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Michael Steger, Roger Tweed, and Piers Worth (moderated by Paul Wong and Gordon Medlock)
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Dr. Michael Steger

Michael F. Steger is the Director for the Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life at Colorado State University, and has spent close to 15 years researching the factors that promote health, flourishing, and well-being. He is internationally recognized for his research on the benefits of finding meaning in one’s life and in one’s work. He is the developer of the most widely-used measure of meaning and purpose in the world, the Meaning in Life Questionnaire. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and his published works include Designing Positive Psychology and Purpose and Meaning in the Workplace, as well as the forthcoming Handbook of Positivity and Strengths-Based Approaches at Work. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychology of Well-Being, and on the editorial boards of numerous other journals. He enjoys providing keynote speeches, workshops, trainings, and consulting around the world on the topics of meaning, purpose, meaningful work, and well-being.

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Keynote Lecture Making Up our Minds about Meaning: An Examination of the Common Thread Among the Many Uses of Meaning in Human Life Saturday, July 30, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop Meaningful Work: 3 Steps to Help People Find & Activate their Purpose at Work Thursday, July 28, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)
Alongside Veronika Huta, Itai Ivtzan, Dmitry Leontiev, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Carol Ryff, Roger Tweed, and Piers Worth (moderated by Paul Wong and Gordon Medlock)
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Dr. Itai Ivtzan

Itai Ivtzan is passionate about the combination of psychology and spirituality. He is a positive psychologist, a senior lecturer, and the program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London (UEL). He published several books, as well as many journal papers and book chapters. His main interests are positive psychology, mindfulness, and spirituality. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ivtzan has run seminars, lectures, workshops and retreats in the UK and around the world, in various educational institutions and at private events. He is a regular keynote speaker in conferences. If you wish to get additional information about his work or contact him, please visit www.AwarenessIsFreedom.com.

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Keynote Lecture Second Wave Positive Psychology: Embracing the Dark Side of Life Saturday, July 30, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Pre-Conference Workshop Mindfulness Programs in Positive Psychology Thursday, July 28, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)
Alongside Veronika Huta, Dmitry Leontiev, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Carol Ryff, Michael Steger, Roger Tweed, and Piers Worth (moderated by Paul Wong and Gordon Medlock)
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Dr. Clara HillClara E. Hill is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland. She has been President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, and Co-Editor of Psychotherapy Research. Awards include the Leona Tyler Award (Society of Counseling Psychology), the Distinguished Psychologist Award (Division 29 of the American Psychological Association), the Distinguished Research Career Award (Society for Psychotherapy Research), and the Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award (Section on Counseling and Psychotherapy Process and Outcome Research, Society for Counseling Psychology). Her major research interests are helping skills, psychotherapy process and outcome, training and supervising therapists, dream work, meaning in life, and qualitative research. She has published more than 200 journal articles, 70 chapters in books, and 11 books (including Helping Skills, Dream Work in Therapy, and Consensual Qualitative Research).

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Keynote Lecture Meaning in Life in Psychotherapy Friday, July 29, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Working with Meaning in Life Issues
Alongside William Breitbart, Mick Cooper, Kirk Schneider, and Paul Wong (moderated by Joel Vos)
Friday, July 29, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Dr. Robert NeimeyerRobert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. Since completing his doctoral training at the University of Nebraska in 1982, he has published 30 books, including Techniques of Grief Therapy:  Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved and Grief and the Expressive Arts: Practices for Creating Meaning (both with Routledge), and serves as Editor of the journal Death Studies. The author of nearly 500 articles and book chapters, he is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process, both in his published work and through his frequent professional workshops for national and international audiences.  The recipient of the MISS Foundation’s Phoenix Award: Rising to the Service of Humanity, Neimeyer served as Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement and President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling.  In recognition of his scholarly contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

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Keynote Lecture Intervening in Meaning: New Directions in Grief Therapy Friday, July 29, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop Techniques of Grief Therapy Thursday, July 28, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (2 hours break)

Dr. William BreitbartWilliam S. Breitbart, M.D. is Chairman, The Jimmie C Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, and Chief of the Psychiatry Service, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.  He is the 2009 recipient of the Arthur Sutherland Lifetime Achievement Award for the International Psycho-oncology Society, the 2011 recipient of the Thomas Hackett Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the 2013 recipient of the Jimmie Holland Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Dr Breitbart is a Past President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, as well as the International Psycho-oncology Society. Dr. Breitbart’s research efforts have focused on psychiatric aspects of cancer and palliative care. He has had continuous NIH RO1 funding of investigator initiated research since 1989. His most recent efforts have focused on Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for cancer patients. He has over 400 peer review publications, chapters and review papers. Dr. Breitbart has edited/written 10 textbooks including: Psycho-oncology – 1st , 2nd and 3rd Editions; and treatment manuals on Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy in Advanced Cancer Patients, and Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Advanced Cancer Patients. Dr. Breitbart is Editor-in-Chief, of Cambridge University Press’ international palliative care journal entitled Palliative & Supportive Care.

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Keynote Lecture Meaning and Existential Issues in End of Life Care: Meaning Centered Psychotherapy Friday, July 29, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Advanced Cancer Patients Thursday, July 28, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Panel Working with Meaning in Life Issues
Alongside Mick Cooper, Clara HillKirk Schneider, and Paul Wong (moderated by Joel Vos)
Friday, July 29, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Jordan PetersonJordan B. Peterson, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, and a clinical psychologist, with two main areas of study: the psychology of belief, including religion, mythology and political ideology; and the assessment and improvement of personality, including the prediction of creativity and academic and industrial performance. The author or co-author of almost one hundred scientific articles, he published Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief in 1999 with Routledge, which was subsequently made into a televised lecture series on TVO (jordanpetersonvideos on YouTube). Dr. Peterson is presently elaborating upon the ideas in Maps of Meaning, communicating them to a wide public audience, and developing an online system to aid people in understanding and improving their characters (www.selfauthoring.com).

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Keynote Lecture Hierarchies of Value as Determinants of World-Revelation Sunday, July 31, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Panel Heroism & Terrorism
Alongside Ronald de Sousa, Michael Lerner, and Alex Pattakos (moderated by Louis Hoffman)
Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Kirk Schneider

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary existential-humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is the president (2015-2016) of the Society for Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, recent past editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2005-2012), vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook University and Teachers College, Columbia University. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Schneider has authored or edited 11 books including The Paradoxical Self, Horror and the Holy, The Psychology of Existence (with Rollo May), The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology (with James Bugental and Fraser Pierson), Rediscovery of Awe, Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy, Existential-Humanistic Therapy (with Orah Krug), Humanity’s Dark Side (with Art Bohart, Barbara Held, and Ed Mendelowitz), Awakening to Awe, The Polarized Mind and The Essentials of Existential-Humanistic Therapy Supervision (with Orah Krug). The Wiley World Handbook of Existential Therapy and The Spirituality of Awe: Challenges to the Robotic Revolution are in preparation.

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Keynote Lecture Can Awe Spark a Social Revolution? Friday, July 29, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Panel Working with Meaning in Life Issues
Alongside William BreitbartMick CooperClara Hill, and Paul Wong (moderated by Joel Vos)
Friday, July 29, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Dr. Mick Cooper

Mick Cooper, Ph.D. is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton and a chartered counselling psychologist. He was recipient of the 2014    Carmi Harari Mid-Career Award from Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology), American Psychological Association. Mick is author and editor of a range of texts on person-centred, existential, and relational approaches to therapy, including Existential Therapies (Sage, 2003), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2005, with Dave Mearns), and Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2011, with John McLeod). Mick has also led a range of research studies exploring the process and outcomes of existential and humanistic therapy, and is currently leading on a nationally-funded trial of school counselling with young people. Mick’s latest book is Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling: Contributions to a Pluralistic Practice (Sage, 2015). Mick lives in Brighton with his partner and four children.

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Keynote Lecture The Tree of Desires: A Purpose-oriented Framework for Integrating Theories of Human Wellbeing, Distress and Change Friday, July 29, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Pre-Conference Workshop Pluralistic Therapy: An Existential, Goal-Focused Approach to Integrative Practice Thursday, July 28, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Panel Working with Meaning in Life Issues
Alongside William BreitbartClara Hill, Kirk Schneider, and Paul Wong (moderated by Joel Vos)
Friday, July 29, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Dr. Alex Pattakos

Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is co-founder of the Global Meaning Institute, a leader in the Meaning Movement through its leading edge research, education programs, and strategic advising.  He is co-author (with Elaine Dundon) of The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work, an award-winning book and new Meaning paradigm that is uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy, mythology, and culture.  Dr. Pattakos is also the author of the international best-selling book on meaning, Prisoners of Our Thoughts (22+ languages), that incorporates the wisdom of Dr. Viktor Frankl, who personally urged him to write it.   A pioneer in the personal transformation arena, Pattakos has an extensive background in political science, public administration, psychology, leadership development, systems science, and business.  Dr. Pattakos has been privileged to work globally with businesses across a wide range of industries, as well as with all levels of government, including service to the White House under three U.S. presidents.  More information can be found at www.globalmeaninginstitute.com.

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Keynote Lecture Understanding & Exploring the Deeper Meaning of Heroism & Terrorism Based on Greek Mythology Sunday, July 31, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Pre-Conference Workshop Discovering Meaning Through the Lens of Work Thursday, July 28, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Panel Meaning & Work
Alongside John Davidoff, Joel DiGirolamo, and Ken Howard (moderated by Luis Marrero and Gordon Medlock)
Saturday, July 30, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Panel Heroism & Terrorism
Alongside Ronald de SousaMichael Lerner, and Jordan Peterson (moderated by Louis Hoffman)
Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Rabbi Michael Lerner is editor of Tikkun magazine (tikkun.org), chair of the interfaith and secular-humanist-welcoming Network of Spiritual Progressives (spiritualprogressives.org), and author of 11 books including the 2006 national best-seller The Left Hand of God: Taking Back Our Country from the Religious Right, Embracing Israel/Palestine: A Strategy for Middle East Peace, and Spirit Matters.

Rabbi Lerner will be receiving the INPM’s Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his lifetime of dedication and scholarship to the ideals of meaning and ethics in advancing social justice and progressive politics during the Awards Banquet.

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Keynote Lecture The Politics of Meaning: How a Psycho-Spiritual Progressive Movement Could Transform Politics in the Western World Before It Is Too Late Sunday, July 31, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Heroism & Terrorism
Alongside Ronald de Sousa, Alex Pattakos, and Jordan Peterson (moderated by Louis Hoffman)
Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Dr. Ronald de SousaRonald de Sousa was brought up in Switzerland, England and France, before getting his doctorate from Princeton and taking up a teaching position at the University of Toronto., where he is currently Professor Emeritus of Philosophy.  His current research bears on emotions, sex and love, and the bearing of the dual processing hypothesis on emotional rationality.  His more recent books include Why Think? Evolution and the Rational Mind (2007), Emotional Truth (2011) and Love, a Very Short Introduction (2015).

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Keynote Lecture Temperament and the Meaning of Life Sunday, July 31, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Panel Heroism & Terrorism
Alongside Michael LernerAlex Pattakos, and Jordan Peterson (moderated by Louis Hoffman)
Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Dr. Alex BatthyanyAlex Batthyány holds the Endowed Viktor Frankl Chair for Philosophy and Psychology at the International Academy of Philosophy, University in the Principality of Liechtenstein. He teaches theory of Cognitive Science at Vienna University’s Cognitive Science Program and Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Department of Psychiatry at Vienna Medical School. Since 2012, Batthyány is Visiting Professor for Existential Psychotherapy at the Moscow University Institute of Psychoanalysis. He is director of the Viktor Frankl Institute and the Viktor Frankl Archives in Vienna and first editor of the 14-volume Edition of the Collected Works of Viktor Frankl. Together with David Guttmann (Univ. Haifa), he authored the first comprehensive research monograph on logotherapy and existential analysis, covering over 600 peer-reviewed experimental and clinical studies published between 1975 and 2006.

Dr. Batthyány is editor-in-chief of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis: Proceedings of the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna (New York: Springer 2016). He has written or edited 15 books and a large number articles and lectures internationally on logotherapy, existential psychology and psychotherapy, philosophy of psychology, and theory of cognitive science. His publications have been translated into Russian, Hungarian, Spanish, Japanese, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Italian.

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Keynote Lecture The Forgotten Key: Responsibility and Empowerment Saturday, July 30, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Dr. Judith WrightJudith S. Wright is co-founder of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential,  a 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated to helping individuals bring out their best personally and professionally, as well as co-founder and Professor of Transformational Coaching the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential. Dr. Wright wrote Transformed, There Must Be More Than This, The One Decision,and The Soft Addiction Solution to share her proven personal transformation methodologies with a broader audience. Her new book, The Heart of the Fight, was just released in February 2016. Judith has appeared as a featured lifestyle expert and coach on ABC’s 20/20, Oprah, Good Morning America, the Today show and hundreds of radio and television shows. Called the “world’s ultimate expert,” by Women’s World magazine, her work has appeared in over 100 magazines and newspapers around the globe including Marie Claire, Fitness Magazine, Health, Better Homes and Gardens, Shape, The New York Daily News, The Boston Herald, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Judith has the rare ability to touch groups of all types and sizes, communicating her messages with great passion that inspires audiences.

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The Process of Evolating

Scheduled for the Awards Banquet, Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Throughout millennia, mankind has searched for “the good life”, asking the questions: What is a good life? How do we live it? What happens when we do? The ancient Greeks, existential philosophers, religious leaders, educators, and psychologists all offer perspectives on the search for the good life. Throughout these inquiries and schools of thought, common themes emerge: the quest for something more, becoming who we can be, fulfilling our potential, and transforming to live satisfying lives of purpose and meaning.

A look at current neuroscience research sheds light on how we are designed to transform—we must use our free will to activate our neuroplasticity to build new circuitry of beliefs, behaviors, and feelings to fulfill our potential to live satisfying, meaningful lives. Studying those who live the good life in all spheres—their personal lives, relationships, work, leadership, spiritual life, and impact in their world—we discovered that if, and how, we do this determines the meaning, quality, and shape of our lives.

This address introduces the results of our research into not only the good life, but also the possible life. We were surprised to find that those who are living a good life in all spheres have not only common elements, but a common process. This address reveals this process—The process of Evolating, not evolving.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Recognize the importance of yearning in meaningful living in the moment
  2. Learn how meaning in the moment, and long-term meaning, begins with yearning and here and now engagement
  3. Distinguish the difference between wanting and yearning
  4. Identify the phases of the process of Evolating
  5. Learn the manifestations of the process of Evolating and what happens when one consciously engages in the process
  6. Determine the difference between learning, growing, and transformation.
  7. Recognize the requirements for lasting changes and continued satisfaction and meaning in life

Dr. Paul T. P. WongPaul T. P. Wong, PhD, C.Psych is Professor Emeritus of Trent University and Adjunct Professor at Saybrook. He is a Fellow of APA and CPA, and President of the International Network on Personal Meaning (www.meaning.ca) and the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute. Editor of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, he has also edited two influential volumes on The Human Quest for Meaning. A prolific writer, he is one of the most cited existential and positive psychologists. The originator of Meaning Therapy and International Meaning Conferences, he has been invited to give keynotes and meaning therapy workshops worldwide. He is the recent recipient of Carl Rogers Award from Div.32 of APA and a member of a research group on Virtue, Meaning and Happiness which has just received a major research grant from the Templeton Foundation.

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Keynote Lecture Self-Transcendence: A Paradoxical Way to Become Your Best Saturday, July 30, Awards Banquet
Panel Working with Meaning in Life Issues
Alongside William Breitbart, Mick CooperClara Hill, and Kirk Schneider (moderated by Joel Vos)
Friday, July 29, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Panel Moderating the panel on Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0) with Gordon Medlock
Panelists include Veronika Huta, Itai Ivtzan, Dmitry Leontiev, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Carol Ryff, Michael Steger, Roger Tweed, and Piers Worth
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Invited Speakers


Shu-Mei Chang Shu-Mei Chang, is a Professor in the Department of Education at National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU), Taiwan, R.O.C. She completed her master theses “The development of death concepts of children and its implications on death education” in 1989, which made her one of the pioneers in death education and life education in Taiwan. Since then, she has devoted herself to teaching and research on these areas.

She serves as a consultant member of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Education Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government in establishing national life education curriculum. She plays a special role in drawing up the plans and strategies of promoting life education (2010-2017) for the MOE and making it one of the important education policies on a nationwide level. She has received two important national contribution awards from the MOE in recognition of her efforts and achievements in the advocacy and promotion of life education.

Ever since 1988, Prof. Chang has authored or co-authored to publish/present more than 200 journal/conference papers and book chapters. Her two books, Death Studies and Death Education, and Life Education: Theory, Research, and Practice (both in Chinese) are important references in life-and-death studies and life education in Taiwan. She has also translated several books on holistic education, spirituality education, and grief counseling. She founded the first graduate institute of life education in Taiwan at NKNU. In addition, she took part in founding some professional organizations for life education in Taiwan and has been elected as their board member. Prof. Chang is a life member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and the INPM. In recent years, she has been enthusiastic in introducing Dr. Paul T. P. Wong’s Meaning-Centered Counseling & Therapy and Meaning Management Theory, and has led her Taiwanese colleagues and students to participate in many of INPM’s Meaning Conferences.

Dr. Chang will be receiving the INPM’S Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership and research in life and death education in Asia at the Saturday Awards Banquet.

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Invited Talk The Development and Implementation of Life Education in Taiwan: A Meaning-Centered Positive Education
During the paper session on Positive Education 2.0
Sunday, July 31, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Dr. Piers WorthPiers 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.

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Invited Talk New Perspectives on Positive Psychology Theory: MAPP Student Contributions to ‘Second Wave’ and Meaning
During the paper session on Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)
Saturday, July 30, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Workshop Positive Psychology Meets Virtue Healing (with Scott Tower) Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Panel Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)
Alongside Veronika Huta, Itai Ivtzan, Dmitry Leontiev, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Carol Ryff, Michael Steger, and Roger Tweed (moderated by Paul Wong and Gordon Medlock)
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Dr. Pninit Russo-NetzerPninit Russo-Netzer, Ph.D. is a researcher at the department of Counseling and Human Development, University of Haifa and the Maytiv Center for Research and Practice in Positive Psychology, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Israel. Her main research and practice interests focus on meaning in life, positive psychology, spirituality and spiritual development, positive change and growth. Dr. Russo-Netzer is a practitioner of positive psychology, a logotherapist (Diplomate Clinician) and the chairperson of the Logotherapy Association in Israel. She serves as academic advisor and consultant to both academic and non-academic institutions, develops training programs and curricula for various organizations and is the co-editor of Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychology (2014), Meaning in Positive and Existential Psychotherapy (forthcoming) and Search for Meaning in the Israeli Scene (forthcoming).

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Pre-Conference Workshop Applying the Science of Happiness to Daily Life Thursday, July 28, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Panel Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)
Alongside Veronika Huta, Itai Ivtzan, Dmitry Leontiev, Carol Ryff, Michael Steger, Roger Tweed, and Piers Worth (moderated by Paul Wong and Gordon Medlock)
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Dr. Veronika HutaVeronika Huta, Ph.D. is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Ottawa. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from McGill University. She conducts research comparing eudaimonic versus hedonic ways of living. Theoretically, she works on developing an integrated model of the eudaimonia-hedonia distinction in the domains of well-being orientations, behaviors, experiences, and functioning. She also conducts empirical and conceptual work on the subjective experiences of meaning, elevation, inspiration, awe, transcendence, and self-connectedness. She teaches courses in advanced statistics and positive psychology, and is one of the top-rated instructors in her faculty. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Happiness Studies, and Psychology of Well-being. She co-founded the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, co-organized the first cross-disciplinary conference on eudaimonia, and has recently been interviewed for a book on the world’s leading positive psychologists.

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Invited Talk Eudaimonia as a Meaningful Way of Living: Research on Well-Being, Social Impact, Cognition, Physiology, and Worldviews
During the paper session on Happiness & Well-Being
Friday, July 29, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Panel Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)
Alongside Itai Ivtzan, Dmitry Leontiev, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Carol Ryff, Michael Steger, Roger Tweed, and Piers Worth (moderated by Paul Wong and Gordon Medlock)
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Dr. Marie DezelicMarie 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: info@drmariedezelic.com.

Dr. Gabriel GhanoumGabriel 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: gabriel.ghanoum@hcahealthcare.com.

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Dr. Ken HowardKenneth 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 FaithX.net, 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.

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Workshop Minimum Viable Belief: How the Need for Transcendent Meaning is Breaking Down the Boundaries between Faith and Business Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Panel Meaning & Work
Alongside John Davidoff, Joel DiGirolamo, and Alex Pattakos (moderated by Luis Marrero and Gordon Medlock)
Saturday, July 30, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Dr. Bob WrightBob Wright is CEO of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential and Professor of Transformational Leadership at the Wright Graduate University. A leading thinker and practitioner for over 30 years in the field of optimizing human potential, he has developed a powerful integrative approach in executive coaching, corporate consulting, and graduate education, resulting in significant professional success and fulfillment for students and clients in all life areas. The best-selling author of People SkillsTransformed! The Science of Spectacular Living, and The Heart of the Fight, Dr. Wright lives and teaches in Elkhorn, WI, and Chicago, IL.

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Pre-Conference Workshop Emergence Coaching: Moving Beyond Goal Coaching to Authentic Self-Emergence Thursday, July 28, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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.

Hal and his wife, Jenny, started dating when they were teens and now have been married for 22 years. They are constantly striving to stay calm and connected with each other and their two teenagers, Hannah (19), and Brandon (17). They both consider Houston, Texas their hometown, but since 2000 they’ve called Atlanta, Georgia home.

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Louis HoffmanLouis Hoffman, Ph.D. is a professor at Saybrook University and director of the Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology Specialization. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Humanistic Psychology. An avid writer, Dr. Hoffman has 8 books to his credit, including Existential Psychology East-West and Stay Awhile: Poetic Encounters Along the Path of Grief and Loss. Dr. Hoffman is also a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado. For a number of years, he has also been active in international psychology, particularly in China and southeast Asia. He is a co-founder of the Zhi Mian International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology and the International Conference on Existential Psychology held every other year in China.

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Invited Talk Varieties of Suffering and Meaning: Clinical Implications
During the paper session on Meaning-Oriented Therapy
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Panel Moderating the panel on Heroism & Terrorism
Panelists include Ronald de SousaMichael LernerAlex Pattakos, and Jordan Peterson
Sunday, July 31, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Joel Vos

Joel Vos, PhD is Reader (cf. Associate Professor) in Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton in London, UK. He studied clinical and health psychology and philosophy at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, all focusing at existentialism. His masters’ theses addressed the existential impact of immigration on the lives of immigrants. At the same university, he continued with a PhD study on the subjective interpretation, existential processes, psychological impact, family communication and medical decision-making of cancer patients who underwent DNA-testing to examine the heredity of their disease. Subsequently, the Dutch Cancer Society awarded him a grant to develop a meaning-centered group therapy for cancer survivors at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In the meantime, Dr Vos started to develop existential psychometric instruments, and together with others he conducted a systematic review and meta-analyses on existential therapies. His academic research has always been fed by the rich contribution of his clients in his psychology practice as meaning-centered therapist, and by the inspiration of his students. In the summer of 2013, Dr Vos decided to make a meaningful decision, namely to continue his research at the other side of the North Sea and to build a new life in the UK. At the University of Roehampton he is coordinating research on existential therapies, and on meaning-centered therapies more in particular, in close collaboration with mental health services. Together with his doctorate students, he coordinates clinical trials for patients in palliative care, living with cancer, after a heart attack or stroke, and in chronic pain. His professional focus on meaning is also reflected in his work as consultant to political activist groups, such as organising conferences for activists and academics e.g. ‘How to do it: creating bottom-up political participation’ and founding ActivistWiki.net. Dr Vos has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in handbooks, and a book on the psychological-existential impact of genetic counselling. His book ‘Meaning in life: a guide for practitioners’ will be published by the end of 2016, which will be followed in 2017 by the book ‘Surviving capitalism: ten steps to living a meaningful life in a meaningless system’.

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Invited Talk The Effectiveness of Meaning Therapies: A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis
During the paper session on Meaning in Life
Sunday, July 31, 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM
Panel Moderating the panel on Working with Meaning in Life Issues
Panelists include William Breitbart, Mick Cooper, Clara Hill, Kirk Schneider, and Paul Wong
Friday, July 29, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Roger TweedRoger Tweed, Ph.D., is a faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia, Canada. He received his PhD in social psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2000. His research has explored the relevance of positive psychology to social problems including youth violence and homelessness.

 

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Invited Talk Measuring Eudaimonic Well-Being for Research, Policy, or Therapy
During the paper session on Happiness & Well-Being
Friday, July 29, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Panel Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)
Alongside Veronika Huta, Itai Ivtzan, Dmitry Leontiev, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Carol Ryff, Michael Steger, and Piers Worth (moderated by Paul Wong and Gordon Medlock)
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Dmitry LeontievDmitry Leontiev, Ph.D., Dr. Sc., is Head of the International laboratory of positive psychology of motivation and personality at Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, Professor of psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, the founder and the head of Institute of Existential Psychology and Life Enhancement (EXPLIEN) in Moscow. He strives to integrate the existentialist approach to human personality with cultural-historical activity theory approach and synergetic views on human self-regulation and self-organization. Author of numerous publications in psychology of personality and motivation, theory and history of psychology, psychology of art and empirical aesthetics. Both his Ph.D. and habilitation works were focused on the problem of personal meaning. Dmitry is a recipient of the Promotional Award of Viktor Frankl Foundation of the city of Vienna (2004), honorary member of Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis by Viktor Frankl Institute (Vienna).

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Invited Talk PP2 and “Height Psychology”: Toward a Vertical (Developmental) View
During the paper session on Second Wave Positive Psychology
Saturday, July 30, 4:15 PM – 6:30 PM
Panel Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP2.0)
Alongside Veronika Huta, Itai Ivtzan,, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Carol Ryff, Michael Steger, Roger Tweed, and Piers Worth (moderated by Paul Wong and Gordon Medlock)
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM

Nedra Lander (Circle)Nedra R. Lander, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada. Danielle Nahon, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist in community practice and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, uOttawa. Furthering the work of her mentor O.H. Mowrer’s Integrity (Therapy) Group approach, Nedra, in later collaboration with Danielle, has developed the Integrity model of existential psychotherapy and health care education for nearly five decades. Nedra and Danielle have taught learners in medicine, psychology, counselling, education, social work, nursing and pastoral care through Integrity-based educational programs in the areas of physician health, caregiver stress, and CME. Their co-authored book on an Integrity model perspective in working with the “difficult patient”, published by Routledge, addresses issues of professionalism, values of the caregiver, and dealing with difficult issues and impasses in the therapeutic relationship.

Danielle Nahon (Circle)Nedra and Danielle are deeply committed to working with men’s and women’s issues, and fostering a respectful dialogue between the genders. They co-chair the Women Faculty Mentoring Program, Faculty of Medicine, uOttawa, and offer ongoing CPD programs for women physicians/faculty. Nedra and Danielle hosted the first men’s health conference in Canada and the First International Multi-Disciplinary Congress on Men, aimed at establishing an international scholarship and understanding about being human sensitive to the cultural integrity and needs of both men and women. Their empirical and clinical work has provided ongoing validation for a positive view of men and masculinities, and men’s viable, poetic and profound emotional voices. Both Nedra and Danielle have received the Award for Advancement of Equity, Diversity and Gender Issues from the uOttawa Faculty of Medicine. Their Integrity model of values, Integrity and the healthy workplace has been presented in numerous local, national and international scientific forums.

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Invited Talk Decisive Moments of Change: An Integrity Model Perspective
During the paper session on Meaning-Oriented Therapy
Saturday, July 30, 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM