Paul T. P. Wong is an internationally renowned author, counselling educator, and researcher in meaning therapy and positive psychology. He has more than 200 publications, and given keynote addresses and workshops around the world. He is the president of the International Network on Personal Meaning (www.meaning.ca), and the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute Inc. (MCCI), and editor of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy (IJEPP). An engaging and dynamic speaker, Dr. Wong inspires not only through his wisdom and intellect, but through his keen sense of humour and joy for life.
Keynote Title: A Seeker’s Guide to Meaning in Life
Keynote Abstract: I will propose the meaning hypothesis as one of the widely accepted visions of a good life. Philosophically, my hypothesis is rooted in Aristotle and Heidegger. Psychologically, it is grounded in Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy. My presentation will seek to unpack the complex construct of meaningfulness and answer such existential questions as, “What does it mean to live a meaningful life? What sorts of things make life meaningful?” Based on my more than 30 years of research on the human quest for meaning, I will highlight the important principles as a road map for all those who seek to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life. I will present both theoretical background and empirical support for such principles as self-awareness, self-knowledge, self-transcendence, active engagement, appreciative attitude, and meaningful relationships.
- Attendees will be able to differentiate between the meaning hypothesis and competing visions of the good life.
- Attendees will learn the imperative of meaning as the essence of well-being.
- Attendees will learn the empirical basis for a meaningful life.
- Attendees will be able to identify the signposts for meaning-seeking and meaning-making.
Workshop Title: Meaning-Centered Assessments and Positive Meaning Interventions
Workshop Description: This workshop will describe a semi-structured approach to meaning therapy. Briefly, meaning therapy evolves from logotherapy, and it incorporates other therapeutical modalities, such as CBT, existential-humanistic therapy, narrative, and positive psychotherapy. In short, it is a strength-based, spiritually-oriented therapy that employs meaning as the central construct to achieve the dual purpose of healing and flourishing. The workshop will introduce both meaning-centered assessments and positive interventions in different stages of counselling and therapy. There will be demonstrations and role play during the workshop. All participants in the workshop will receive a handout of worksheets.
- Attendees will learn how to use the important assessment instruments in Meaning Therapy, including the Perceived Personal Meaning Scale, Personal Meaning Profile (PMP, PMP-B), Stress Appraisal Measure (SAM), Life Orientation Scale (LOS), Life Attitudes Scale (LAS), Basic Psychological Needs Assessment Scale (BPNAS), and the Quest for Meaning Scale (QMS).
- Attendees will learn various meaning-enhancing positive interventions, such as cultivation of intrinsic self-worth, the double vision strategy, the PURE intervention strategy, the ABCDE intervention strategy, the dual-systems strategy, Socratic dialogue, and dereflection.
- Attendees will learned various meaning-enhancing exercises, such as perspective-taking, the mirror exercise, the deathbed exercise, positive transformation techniques, cultivating of inner resources, and making use of the resource-congruence model of coping.
Dr. Wong is also organizing three Meaning Summits, featuring various invited speakers.
See below for Summit Descriptions and Learning Objectives:
Meaning Summit I: What is the Nature and Conceptualization of Meaning?
Meaning Summit II: The Conditions and Measurement of Meaning
Meaning Summit III: Social/Cultural Construction of Meaning and Meaning-Oriented Interventions