2000: Searching for Meaning
in the New Millennium

JUly 13-16, 2000 | Richmond, Canada

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.”

As the first multidisciplinary gathering to promote the positive psychology of meaning, it was hosted by the INPM in partnership with Trinity Western University’s graduate programs in Counselling Psychology, Administrative Leadership, and Religion, Culture, & Ethics.

Over 80 presentations covered the topics of counselling and psychotherapy, meaning research, existential philosophy, and management and training, with a special track for successful aging and health. Highlights included a public lecture by Irvin D. Yalom, M.D., on Tips for Practice of Existential Psychotherapy and a youth contest with three winners in each of the three categories (essays, art, poetry) that generated interest from over 300 participants around the world.

Sponsors included Trinity Western University, John & Louise Bennett Memorial Foundation, Digital Ripple, Regal Capital Planners, and the Milton H. Erickson Foundation.

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Irvin D. Yalom, M.D.

David G. Myers, Ph.D.

Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D.

Ernesto Spinelli, Ph.D.

Invited speakers included Eugene C. Bianchi, Ph.D., Salvatore R. Maddi, Ph.D., and Glenn Affleck, Ph.D.

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