Dr. Paul T. P. Wong received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. He has held professorial positions at various universities, such as York University, University of Toronto, and Trent University. As the Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University (TWU), he has established an accredited and widely recognized graduate program. More recently, he served as the Division Chair of Psychology and Business Administration at Tyndale University College. He had been a visiting scientist to the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of British Columbia. He has been invited to lecture in numerous universities in Asia and North America. Currently, he devotes most to his time to writing and private practice.
Dr Wong will be presenting a keynote at the Sunday Celebration Banquet, entitled: What I would share with my family and friends in my last lecture.
What I would share with my family and friends in my last lecture
At this juncture of my life (75 years), it is appropriate for me to share with my family, friends, and whomever may be listening, the most important lessons I have learned in my long life. I think I belong to the elite club of seniors, who have earned the right to say whatever is on their mind, without concern about criticism. My life story represents the intersections between my Chinese culture, personal struggles, spiritual journey, and four decades of clinical experience and psychological research on the meaning of life. The above experiences combine to qualify me to say something about what makes life worth living from an integrative perspective. I will demonstrate that the good life is a balanced life that incorporates good and evil forces, opportunity and adversity, and happiness and sadness, as I have theorized in my Positive Psychology 2.0 paper (Wong, 2011). I will cite both personal experiences and psychological research to drive home the point that all negative experiences can be transformed into positive ones and authentic happiness depends on the integration of the bright and dark sides of life. Finally, I will introduce three psychological theories: 1) The Deep and Wide Theory of the positive potentials of adversity, 2) The Meaning Management Theory to maintain a positive attitude and high level of well-being in spite of difficult times, and 3) The Meaning Mindset as a basic life orientation that enables us to be resilient and flourish, individually and globally.
Assessment and Intervention in Meaning Therapy
Click here to view the powerpoint for Dr. Wong’s workshop.
The workshop first introduces meaning therapy (MC) as an integrative and innovative positive psychotherapy with meaning as its central, organizing construct. Meaning is defined as consisting of Purpose, Understanding, Responsibility and Enjoyment (PURE). MC evolves from logotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy and is part of the third wave of psychotherapy which involves powerful new concepts such as acceptance, commitment, self-transcendence, and meaning-making.
The workshop will explain and demonstrate major MC intervention strategies such as the double-vision of integrating global meaning with situational meaning, and the dual-process of repairing the worse and bringing out the best in people. The main focus of the workshop will be on (a) how to use the PURE strategy to build a meaningful and fulfilling life and (b) how to apply the ABCDE intervention strategy to a variety of problems and predicaments, where A stands for Acceptance, B for Belief, C for Commitment, D for discovery and E for enjoyment and evaluation.
Various assessment instruments will be introduced as part of the therapeutic process. Participants will be invited to take part in role plays to illustrate how MC can be applied to counselling, coaching and psychotherapy.
Handouts for Dr. Wong’s Workshop: