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August 2-5, 2018          Vancouver, Canada

August 2-5, 2018
Vancouver, Canada

Courage, Faith, and Meaning: Existential Positive Psychology’s Response to Adversity

10th Biennial International Meaning Conference

10th Biennial International
Meaning Conference

Up to 25.5 Continuing Education credits (CPA)
Up to 11.3 Continuing Coach Education credits (IFC)

Join researchers and practitioners from over 30 countries at the 2018 Meaning Conference, a “big tent” gathering known for its inclusivity, integration, and innovation in meaning research and its applications since 2000.

See why many have called this their “homecoming,” especially as we celebrate the INPM’s 20th year anniversary jointly with founder Dr. Paul Wong’s 80th birthday.

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Speakers

Carol Ryff, Ph.D.

Hilldale Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael F. Steger, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life at Colorado State University

Ken Sheldon, Ph.D.

Curator’s Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sheldon Motivation Laboratory at the University of Missouri

Phil Watkins, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University and researcher and author on gratitude and well-being

Emmy van Deurzen, Ph.D.

Founder of the Society for Existential Analysis and Existential Analysis and Principal of the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling

Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D.

Eminent Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis and Editor of Death Studies

Michael H. Bond, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Chinese University of Hong Kong and Visiting Professor of the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

To receive the 2018 INPM Lifetime Achievement Award

Bruce Alexander, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Simon Fraser University and researcher in global drug addiction

To receive the 2018 INPM Lifetime Achievement Award

Joel Vos, Ph.D.

Clinical and Health Psychologist and Philosopher and Director of Meaning Online Ltd.

Tim Lomas, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Positive Psychology at the University of East London and co-author of Second Wave Positive Psychology

Jim Rough, M.B.A., M.S.E.E.

Director and Founder of the Center for Wise Democracy and developer of Dynamic Facilitation and Wisdom Council Process

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.

Founder of Meaning Therapy and the International Network on Personal Meaning, and Professor Emeritus of Trent University

INVITED SPEAKERS: Roger Tweed, Piers Worth, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Dmitry Leontiev, Yukun Zhao, Julia Yang, Eileen Dowse, Laura Atwood, Yannick Jacob, Gordon Carkner, Claude-Hélène Mayer, Seph Fontane Pennock, Kathy Story, and Solomon Makola.

Speakers

Carol Ryff, Ph.D.

Hilldale Professor of Psychology and Director of the Institute on Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael F. Steger, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Director of the Laboratory for the Study of Meaning and Quality of Life at Colorado State University

Ken Sheldon, Ph.D.

Curator’s Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Sheldon Motivation Laboratory at the University of Missouri

Phil Watkins, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology at Eastern Washington University and researcher and author on gratitude and well-being

Emmy van Deurzen, Ph.D.

Founder of the Society for Existential Analysis and Existential Analysis and Principal of the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling in London

Robert Neimeyer, Ph.D.

Eminent Professor of Psychology at the University of Memphis and Editor of Death Studies

Michael H. Bond, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Chinese University of Hong Kong and Visiting Professor of the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong

To receive the 2018 INPM Lifetime Achievement Award

Bruce Alexander, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Simon Fraser University and researcher in global drug addiction

To receive the 2018 INPM Lifetime Achievement Award

Joel Vos, Ph.D.

Clinical and Health Psychologist and Philosopher and Director of Meaning Online Ltd.

Tim Lomas, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Positive Psychology at the University of East London and co-author of Second Wave Positive Psychology

Jim Rough, M.B.A., M.S.E.

Director and Founder of the Center for Wise Democracy and developer of Dynamic Facilitation and Wise Council Process

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D.

Founder of Meaning Therapy and the International Network on Personal Meaning, and Professor Emeritus of Trent University

INVITED SPEAKERS: Roger Tweed, Piers Worth, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Dmitry Leontiev, Yukun Zhao, Julia Yang, Eileen Dowse, Laura Atwood, Yannick Jacob, Gordon Carkner, Claude-Hélène Mayer, Seph Fontane Pennock, Kathy Story, and Solomon Makola.

Highlights include…

Public Lecture on Decoding Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Jordan Peterson is perhaps one of the most admired and controversial psychologists alive today. Ironically, the more people attack him, the more popular he becomes. The Peterson phenomenon reveals not only a deep political polarization within society, but also a serious existential crisis in the West. Given these intense feelings around Peterson’s stance, the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) has decided to offer a dispassionate, measured and critical review of Peterson’s book 12 Rules for Life: Ana Antidote to Chaos as a part of their Biennial Meaning Conference.

Dr. Paul T. P. Wong and Dr. Gordon E. Carkner will answer questions such as: Why is Peterson’s book a runaway bestseller? How can these 12 rules transform a life and improve society? In an age of accelerated change and uncertainty, why are Dr. Peterson’s views a promising and hopeful way to build resilience amidst life’s inevitable challenges?

Read more and RSVP below.

Summit on PP 2.0: Mature Happiness

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 10:45am – 12:45pm

Second wave positive psychology (PP 2.0) is concerned with bringing out the best in individuals and society in spite of and because of the dark side of human existence via the dialectical principle. The inaugural summit on PP 2.0 occurred at the 2016 Meaning Conference.

From the perspective of PP 2.0, research on wellbeing and happiness needs to acknowledge that human experiences always exist in polarity and involve a dialectical process; there is a dark side to human nature and life is full of evil and suffering; and a theory of global wellbeing needs to be based n the indigenous conceptions of happiness. Mature happiness refers to the kind that involves any or all of the above three basic tenets of PP 2.0.

This year, we seek to examine how these new considerations will impact both research and theorizing of happiness and wellbeing.

Panelists include: Carol Ryff, Michael Steger, Ken Sheldon, Phil Watkins, Veronika Huta, Roger Tweed, Tim Lomas, and Paul T. P. Wong (moderated by Paul T. P. Wong).

Summit on PP 2.0: Meaning in Life

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 3:15pm – 4:45pm

Second wave positive psychology (PP 2.0) is concerned with bringing out the best in individuals and society in spite of and because of the dark side of human existence via the dialectical principle. The inaugural summit on PP 2.0 occurred at the 2016 Meaning Conference.

This year, we seek to break new grounds in meaning research from the perspective of PP 2.0 by addressing some of the ignored areas in meaning research. Such areas include the importance of one’s worldview (i.e., does it make a difference whether you believe that life has inherent meaning and is worth living despite suffering, or whether you believe that life is inherently meaningless and nihilistic?); the importance of self-transcendence; meaning crises and their prevalence; cultural differences in defining a meaningful life; and so on.

Panelists include: Piers Worth, Pninit Russo-Netzer, Dmitry Leontiev, Gordon Carkner, and Paul T. P. Wong (moderated by Seph Fontane Pennock).

Summit on Meaning-Centered Interventions

Friday, August 3, 2018, 10:45am – 12:45pm

The inaugural summit on Meaning-Centered Interventions (MCI) occurred at the 2016 Meaning Conference. It is hoped that this year’s summit will lead to a landmark publication on what constitutes existential competency in clinical practice that is both trans-diagnostic and relevant to any therapeutic modality.

The summit will address broad existential issues, such as existential crises and how they can be opportunities for healing and growth; exploring one’s dark side in oder to live life at a deeper spiritual level; different kinds of meaning-seeking with different implications for therapy; different types of evidence-based meaning-focused coping; and so on.

Panelists include: Emmy van Deurzen, Robert Neimeyer, Bruce Alexander, Claude-Hélène Mayer, Julia Yang, Yannick Jacob, and Paul T. P. Wong (moderated by Joel Vos).

Celebration Banquet

Friday, August 3, 2018, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us for the INPM’s 20th Anniversary and founder Dr. Paul T. P. Wong’s 80th birthday.

This special event will feature a keynote from Dr. Joel Vos on “The Big Tent of Meaning-Centered Research and Practices,” short talks from Dr. Wong’s friends and colleagues, and music from folk artist Francine Honey. The evening is also an opportunity to network with others from the international meaning movement.

We will also include a Festschrift, with papers impacted by Dr. Wong’s research and personal notes to Dr. Wong. Whether you are able to attend in person, we invite you to contribute a paper or send a congratulatory note in writing or a video (celebration@meaning.ca), which will be posted online.

Tickets are included in all packages and are also sold separately.

Awards Banquet

Saturday, August 4, 2018, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the lifetime achievements of Dr. Bruce Alexander and Dr. Michael Bond and award the three scholarship winners and three honourable mentions:

  • Arthur Braaten, University of Ottawa, “How a History of Negative and Positive Life Events Relate to Eudaimonic, Hedonic, and Extrinsic Pursuits”

  • David Carreno, University of Almería, “Learning to Live through Death”

  • Paul Lutz, University of British Columbia, “From Moral Identity to Eudaimonic Well-Being: A Pathway of Self-Transcendence and Meaning in Life”
  • Honourable mentions: Tyler Rogols, Serena Wong, Lilian Jans-Beken

This event will feature a keynote from Dr. Bruce Alexander on “Creating Healing Communities in a Toxic Society” as well as a keynote from Dr. Paul T. P. Wong on “Living With Cancer: A Case for PP 2.0.” The evening is also an opportunity to network with others from the international meaning movement.

Tickets are included in all packages and are also sold separately.

Livestream

August 3-5, 2018

We offer a livestream for the full three days of the conference (August 3-5, 2018).

The livestream, with over 20 hours of content, will include all keynotes, summits on Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP 2.0), summit on Meaning-Centered Interventions, and other sessions that occur in the main room.

For more information, visit the livestream page.

Meditation & Yoga

Join Erin Heisel, Ph.D. for yoga and meditation throughout the conference. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. “Yoga is for everybody and every body.”

Sessions include:

Morning Flow: All-levels vinyasa yoga class. Bring a yoga mat or a towel. 

Midday Mental Vacation Meditation: Mindfulness practices with breath, body/sensation, and mind.

Restorative Practice and Meditation: Breathing exercises, gentle stretching. Mindfulness-based with practices from loving-kindness tradition.

Restorative or Chair Yoga: Restorative practice on the floor with the option of chair yoga. Mindfulness-based with practices from loving-kindness tradition.

Are you…

a researcher?

— Summit on Second Wave Positive Psychology (PP 2.0) featuring two all-star panels on Meaning in Life and Mature Happiness

— Pre-conference half-day workshops on the significance of ambivalent emotions,  gratitude and flourishing, death attitudes and meaning, and more!

— Paper sessions on cutting-edge research in topics related to meaning-seeking, meaning-making, well-being and mature happiness, self-transcendence, aging, PP 2.0

— Workshops on neuroscience and meaning, as well as the meaning profile as an assessment tool

a Mental Health Professional?

— Summit on Meaning-Centered Interventions (MCI) focusing on existential competencies

— Pre-conference full-day practicum on grief therapy

— Pre-conference half-day workshops on evidence-based meaning-centered therapy, existential therapy and dreamwork, the opioid crisis, and more!

— Workshops on evidence-based positive and meaning-centered therapies in various fields (including logotherapy)

— Paper sessions on relevant clinical topics such as meaning-centered interventions, existential and spiritual coping, and panels on addiction and supervision

a Coach, HR, or OD practitioner?

— Special track for coaches, HR, and OD practitioners organized by the Work and Meaning Special Interest Group of the INPM

— Panel on meaning-centered organizational development

— Panel on coaching and personal meaning

— Pre-conference half-day workshops on dynamic facilitation, disruptive innovation, positive existential coaching, and more!

— Workshops on coaching for personal and professional change as well as the use of emotional intelligence in organizations

— Two paper sessions on meaning and work

 

a Graduate Student?

The scholarship contest is now closed and winners have been announced.

However, graduated students who wish to attend continue to receive 40% off regular rates.

Submit your paper to win…

• 1 of 3 scholarships (Grand Prize $1,000 CAD)
• 1 of 6 waived All-Inclusive Packages (value of $450 CAD and includes two meals)
• an opportunity to present your paper at the conference
• an opportunity to be published in the journal or the conference proceedings

Deadline: April 30, 2018.

Location

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport

7311 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC, V6X 1A3, Canada

Executive Airport Hotel

Testimonials

from the 2016 Meaning Conference

Thank you for organizing and leading the last conference in Toronto; after a few weeks of coming back home in Mexico, I have been able to savor all of the great knowledge you and your team were able to add in order to produce a simple but highly effective event. No doubt all of the learnings will be very well used in our University.

Luis Antonio Gutierrez Aladro, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor, Universidad TecMilenio

Thank you so much for such an incredible experience. The workshops and speakers were very scintillating. It was a very rewarding experience for myself and my team. We were also very honored to have been given the opportunity to speak at the conference. I look forward to the next conference.

Pei Grant, Ph.D.

Director of Research, Hospice Buffalo

I attended only on Friday, but in that one day found it fascinating, and enjoyed the presentations a lot. Much more interesting and enticing than in regular psychology conventions.

Ami Rokach, Ph.D.

Course Director, York University

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.

Pninit Russo-Netzer, Ph.D.

Researcher, University of Haifa

Thank you so much for the excellent conference. As Dr. Carol Ryff so beautifully expressed, the INPM felt like “home” to many of us. The conference content itself was a head-spinner and participants were marvelous. Thank you. I look forward to my future participation.

Shizuka Modica, Ph.D., ACC

Professor, Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics

Testimonials

from the 2016 Meaning Conference

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.

Pninit Russo-Netzer, Ph.D.

Researcher, University of Haifa

I attended only on Friday, but in that one day found it fascinating, and enjoyed the presentations a lot. Much more interesting and enticing than in regular psychology conventions.

Ami Rokach, Ph.D.

Course Director, York University

Thank you for organizing and leading the last conference in Toronto; after a few weeks of coming back home in Mexico, I have been able to savor all of the great knowledge you and your team were able to add in order to produce a simple but highly effective event. No doubt all of the learnings will be very well used in our University.

Luis Antonio Gutierrez Aladro, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor, Universidad TecMilenio

Thank you so much for the excellent conference. As Dr. Carol Ryff so beautifully expressed, the INPM felt like “home” to many of us. The conference content itself was a head-spinner and participants were marvelous. Thank you. I look forward to my future participation.

Shizuka Modica, Ph.D., ACC

Professor, Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics

Thank you so much for such an incredible experience. The workshops and speakers were very scintillating. It was a very rewarding experience for myself and my team. We were also very honored to have been given the opportunity to speak at the conference. I look forward to the next conference.

Pei Grant, Ph.D.

Director of Research, Hospice Buffalo

*All prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD) and already include all fees and taxes.

Regular

INPM Member

Not a member yet? It’s easy to add a membership option during registration.

Special

Applies to students, retirees, or residents outside of North America.

All-Inclusive Package

Includes pre-conference workshops, all three days of the conference, and tickets to the Celebration Banquet (Fri, Aug 2) and the Awards Banquet (Sat, Aug 3).

$750 before May 31

$850

$600 before May 31

$680

$450 before May 31

$510

Regular Package

Includes all three days of the conference and tickets to the Celebration Banquet (Fri, Aug 2) and the Awards Banquet (Sat, Aug 3).

$650 before May 31

$750

$520 before May 31

$600

$390 before May 31

$450

Day Pass

Allows you to attend a day of pre-conference workshops or one of the three days of the conference (banquet tickets sold separately).

$275 before May 31

$300

$220 before May 31

$240

$165 before May 31

$180

LIVESTREAM PASS

Allows you to livestream the main room sessions for all three days of the conference, over 20 hours of world-class content.

$600

$700 after June 24 

$480

$560 after June 24 

Please see schedule for keynotes, summits, and other “Ballroom B” sessions.

Please note the conference is in Pacific Standard Time.

Companion Rate

$100

Purchase any above package or day pass and bring your spouse for only $100. Banquet tickets sold separately.

Celebration Banquet

$85

One ticket to the Celebration Banquet (Fri, Aug 3) in honour of the INPM’s 20th Anniversary and founder Dr. Paul T. P. Wong’s 80th birthday, featuring a keynote from Dr. Itai Ivtzan and talks from other associates and friends, along with music from folk artist Francine Honey.

Awards Banquet

$85

One ticket to the Awards Banquet (Sat, Aug 4), where Lifetime Achievement Awards and Scholarship Awards will be presented, featuring a keynote from Dr. Paul T. P. Wong.

CE Credits

$80

Earn up to 25.5 CPA-approved Continuing Education credits.

OR

Earn up to 11.3 IFC-approved Continuing Coach Education credits.

Sponsors

Carrina Wong Chan

MANAGING DIRECTOR, SAINT HONORE

Sherrie Yee, M.A.

FOUNDER & CEO, JARDINE NATURALS

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