Summer Institute 2017: How to Harness the Power of Meaning

July 22-23, 2017 | Toronto, Canada


A two-day intensive workshop for training in Integrative Meaning Therapy with Dr. Paul Wong.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from Dr. Paul T. P. Wong, founder of integrative meaning therapy (also known as meaning-centered counselling and therapy) and Dr. Lilian C. J. Wong in a two-day intensive workshop. Dr. Paul Wong’s teachings on the core principles and practices of healing and flourishing through meaning have influenced both researchers and practitioners globally, through his publications and workshops.

This workshop introduces meaning therapy (MT) as a recent extension and integration of Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy with cognitive behavioural therapy and positive psychotherapy. As meaning is the holistic central construct, MT is inherently integrative. With respect to its positive orientation, MT focuses on the central role of meaning in healing and flourishing as supported by mounting empirical evidence. The strength of MT is that it is pluralistic and flexible, tailored to the needs of each individual client and, at the same time, makes use of clients’ innate capabilities in meaning-seeking and meaning-making. Additionally, MT emphasizes the human need for meaning for mental health and personal fulfillment. This workshop will teach innovative meaning therapy interventions, also known as existential positive interventions.

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Learning Objectives

Participants will learn…

  • How to repair the worst and bring out the best in people’s lives through meaning
  • How to integrate logotherapy and existential therapy with CBT, ACT, and positive psychotherapy
  • How to make positive lasting changes from cultivating the meaning-mindset to meaning-focused coping
  • How to use innovative positive interventions to restore hope, happiness, and passion for living
  • How to improve positive mental health through Meaningful Living Groups


Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych.

President of the INPM |

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych. has been a professor and clinical psychologist for over four decades. Internationally known for his meaning research and therapy, he is also a recognized leader in the second wave of positive psychology. He is the president of the International Network on Personal Meaning and Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute Inc., and the recent recipient of the Carl Rogers Award from the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32) of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Wong is a frequent keynote speaker worldwide, and his lectures and workshops are known for his passion, inspiration, and innovative interventions.

Lilian C. J. Wong, Ph.D.

Educational Director of the INPM |

Lilian C. J. Wong, Ph.D. was an Associate Professor and School Counselling Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University and Associate Professor of Psychology at Tyndale University College. She has over two decades of experience as a psycho-educational consultant and school psychologist in public school boards in Ontario and British Columbia. She has been in private practice for many years, specializing in children, adolescents, and families. Internationally recognized for her research on multicultural competencies in clinical supervision, she has been invited to lecture and conduct workshops worldwide.


It was truly a pleasure finally meeting you both… The presentation was well done and informative – kudos to both of you! … Thank you so much for your time and for allowing me the opportunity to experience firsthand your wisdom and kindness. Don Laird, M.S., NCC, LPC

Psychotherapist & Owner, Pittsburgh Psychotherapy Associates

Thank you SO MUCH for allowing me to participate in this wonderful weekend-long journey into meaning. I learned so much and plan on continuing to develop my coaching niche around the concepts and models you taught this weekend. With profound gratitude! Karen Henry, M.A.

Owner, Henry Healing

Thank you for the great learning and sharing during this weekend. Zheni Nasi, B.A.

Recent Graduate, York University

It was fantastic … there was still so much rich content. … I so appreciate the holistic approach you and Lilian bring, acknowledging, encompassing, and embracing both tragedies and triumph. And what I am also grateful for, what possibly some of the other participants don’t know, is that this is not mere theory, but values that both you and Lilian live out. I am a witness and beneficiary of your kindness and gracious hope. Dean Davey, Ph.D. Candidate

Vice President for Student Development, Pacific Life Bible College

Thanks again for hosting such a great weekend to explore MiL and MT at your Summer Institute. You are both very inspirational to us on many levels. Scott McCready

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Mobile Health Network

Thank you for a terrific and re-affirming conference! Ronald Seletsky, M.Ed., LSW, LMHC

Associate Director of Mental Health Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Tewksbury Hospital