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Meaning Conference

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The INPM has hosted the Biennial International Meaning Conferences since 2000 as part of our mission to advance health, spirituality, peace, and human fulfillment through research, education, and applied psychology with a focus on the universal human quest for meaning and purpose.

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Explore our previous meaning conferences, download the conference programs, and access the conference archives.

2016: Spirituality, Self-Transcendence & Second-Wave Positive Psychology

The 9th Biennial International Meaning Conference was held July 28-31, 2016 at the Novotel Toronto North York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The conference theme was “Spirituality, Self-Transcendence & Second-Wave Positive Psychology.”

For more information, including the conference program, visit the Meaning Conference 2016 page.

2014: Exploring What Makes Life Worth Living

The First Congress on the Construction of Personal Meaning was held July 24-27, 2014 at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The conference theme was “Exploring What Makes Life Worth Living.” The congress combined the International Network on Personal Meaning’s 8th Biennial International Meaning Conference and the Constructivist Psychology Network’s 16th Biennial Conference.

For more information, including the conference program, visit the Meaning Conference 2014 page.

2012: A Positive Global Vision of Healing & Flourishing

The 7th Biennial International Meaning Conference was held July 26-29, 2012 at the Delta Toronto East Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The conference theme was “A Positive Global Vision of Healing & Flourishing.”

For more information, including the conference program, visit the Meaning Conference 2012 page.

2010: Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

The 6th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning was held August 5-8, 2010 at the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel in Richmond, B.C., Canada. The conference theme was “Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace,” looking at meaning, spirituality, and engagement in the 21st century and exploring a new vision of work resilience and well-being through applied positive psychology. The conference was co-organized by the International Network on Personal Meaning and Sunshine Coast Health Center.

For more information, including the conference program, visit the Meaning Conference 2010 page.

2008: Living Well & Dying Well

The 5th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning was held July 24-27, 2008 at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The conference theme was “Living Well & Dying Well,” and explored the new frontiers of positive psychology, therapy, and spiritual care.

For more information, including the conference program, visit the Meaning Conference 2008 page.

2006: Addiction, Meaning & Spirituality

The 4th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning was held July 20-23, 2006 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel in Burnaby, B.C., Canada. The conference theme was “Addiction, Meaning & Spirituality,” and focused on exploring new frontiers, discovering new hopes, and learning new skills.

For more information, including the conference program, visit the Meaning Conference 2006 page.

2004: Transforming Suffering, Loss & Death through Meaning, Hope & Faith

The 3rd Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning was held July 22-25, 2004 at the Empire Landmark Hotel in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The conference theme was “Transforming Suffering, Loss & Death through Meaning, Hope & Faith.”

For more information, including the conference program, visit the Meaning Conference 2004 page.

2002: Freedom, Responsibility, Justice

The 2nd Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning was held July 18-21, 2002 at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, B.C., Canada. The conference theme was “Freedom, Responsibility, Justice.”

For more information, including the conference program, visit the Meaning Conference 2002 page.

2000: Searching for Meaning in the New Millenium

The 1st International Conference on Personal Meaning was held July 13-16, 2000 at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel in Richmond, B.C., Canada. The conference theme was “Searching for Meaning in the New Millenium.”

For more information, including the conference program, visit the Meaning Conference 2000 page.

Testimonials

I want to congratulate you on creating a very stimulating and successful conference. I got a lot from it—great contacts, discussions, and a deeper appreciation of Frankl’s work and the importance of a meaning-orientation in psychology. All around it was very rewarding—thank you for including me.

Meaning Conference 2014

Gordon Medlock, Ph.D.

Faculty & Coach, Wright Graduate University

I want to commend Paul Wong, his wife Lilian, and their entire crew for a successful, well-organized, conference of the International Network on Personal Meaning this past weekend. Some of my personal highlights were Roy Baumeister’s two presentations on his new research on self-regulation, Salvador Maddi’s talk on hardiness research, and Jeff Zeig’s two presentations on resiliency, grief, and clinical work. I would highly recommend those who were not able to attend to consider it in the future.

Meaning Conference 2008

Ryan M. Niemiec, Psy.D.

Education Director, VIA Institute on Character

I really enjoyed the conference, and that I especially enjoyed your presidential address. I fully support your call for a more integrated approach to psychology. I noticed that you mentioned the work of Ken Wilber—I have a strong interest in his integral model and I’m always glad to hear more academics mentioning his work.

Meaning Conference 2004

Shelley Fahlman, Ph.D.

Health Promotion Facilitator, Alberta Health Services

I just wanted to thank you [Paul] and Lilian for a lovely, high-quality and professional conference! As I told you, I really felt at home, and I commend your efforts and impressive work to create such an inspiring and integrative [conference] for professionals.

Meaning Conference 2016

Pninit Russo-Netzer, Ph.D.

Researcher, University of Haifa

I attended the Meaning Conference last week and I would just like to formally thank you for organizing such a wonderful conference. I can honestly say that the conference was both life and career changing for me and fueled in me a passion to learn more about discovering and creating meaning and value in my life and assisting my clients in doing the same. I look forward to the next conference and I hope one day similar conferences will be held in the U.S. Thank you again…

Meaning Conference 2012

Dionne Bates, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist, Savannah, GA

It was such a pleasure to meet Paul and Lilian, and to experience firsthand the vision, faith, compassion, and determination they both have for INPM! I truly enjoyed the conference—Paul brought in some truly inspiring speakers, and Cindy and I met some wonderful people affiliated with INPM. I look forward to our ongoing friendship!

Meaning Conference 2006

William F. Evans, Ph.D.

Professor, James Madison University

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