The 9th Biennial International Meaning Conference in Toronto

Spirituality, Self-Transcendence, & Second Wave Positive Psychology

July 28-31, 2016

Confirmed keynote speakers include: Robert Neimeyer, Mick Cooper, Kirk Schneider, Harold Koenig, William Breitbart, Clara Hill, Alex Pattakos, Itai Ivtzan, Alexander Batthyány, and Paul T. P. Wong.

Delta Toronto East Hotel (2035 Kennedy Rd, Scarborough, ON).

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Psychologist unlocks nature’s secret to mental health

August 6, 2013

Issued by International Network on Personal Meaning

Psychologist unlocks nature’s secret to mental health

The answer to meeting society’s increasing mental health needs is not more diagnoses, more pills, and more psychiatrists, but applying nature’s way to manage symptoms and increase well-being, according to Dr. Paul T. P. Wong, a renowned Toronto psychologist.

Dr. Wong will present a radical approach to treating mental disorders and enhancing community mental health at the INPM Summer Institute, held at the Delta Toronto East Hotel, August 16-18, 2013. His approach is internationally known as Meaning Therapy. 

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Positive 2012 - New South Wales, Australia

Positive 2012 LogoPositive2012 is a conference not to be missed. A unique conference, starting with optional pre-conference workshops looking over Circular Quay near Sydney Harbour, followed by an opportunity to participate in the Good Mood Safari in Wollongong, the most novel positive psychology outdoor tourist experience you will ever experience. Or for later starters you can attend the free Emerging Researchers Symposium at the Wollongong site of the Sydney Business School. On Friday evening the conference officially opens looking over the beautiful North Wollongong beach from Novotel Northbeach. Saturday’s proceedings will combine the best set of speakers on positive psychology and wellbeing ever assembled in Australia in one place across four “beams” to help us spotlight the future of positive psychology and wellbeing.
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Dr Wong's Workshop on MCCT

Dr Paul Wong will be presenting a workshop at Positive 2012 on Meaning-Centered Counselling and Therapy (MCCT).

The meaning-centered approach is integrative, holistic, existential and evidence-based with a focus on the positive psychology of meaning and spirituality. It invites people on a personal journey of healing and transformation, and provides the strategies and skills to cope with personal predicament and live a purposeful and worthy life.

By participating in this intensive workshop, you will learn the basic theory and practice of MCCT in addressing various clinical issues, such as depression, grieving, PTSD, and addiction.

You will learn the necessary tools to restore hope and meaning for those in the depth of brokenness and despair.


Meaning Conference 2012 Announcement and Call for Papers

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The International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) is pleased to announce the 7th Biennial International Meaning Conference to be held July 26-29, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. The main conference theme is: A Positive Global Vision of Healing and Flourishing through Meaning.

In today’s climate of global economic uncertainty, geopolitical conflicts, ecological crisis, and the widening gap between haves and have-nots, the meaning perspective offers a promising vision to resolve these challenging global issues and achieve sustainable growth for both individuals and society.

The conference will highlight the role of meaning in well-being, flourishing, character strengths, resilience, post-traumatic growth, spirituality, psychotherapy, healing, recovery, and positive organizations. It will emphasize both cutting edge research and the application of research findings to meaningful living.

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Announcement and Call for Papers

International Meaning Conference 2010

The International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) is pleased to announce the 6th Biennial International Meaning Conference to be held August 5-8, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. The main conference theme this year is:

Creating a psychologically healthy workplace: Meaning, spirituality and engagement

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2010 Meaning Conference Invitation

It has been ten years since our first International Meaning Conference in Vancouver. Over the years, we have made many new friends and spread the message of positive revolution through meaning around the globe. 

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2010 Meaning Conference, Registration Information

Our online registration system is now up and running.  Hosted by, below is our full pricing schedule and optional fees.

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2010 Meaning Conference, Location Information

This year's Meaning Conference will be held in beautiful British Columbia. Our conference will be taking place in Vancouver, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Marriot Logo The conference is being hosted at the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel. Located in Richmond, it is near the Richmond business district, many Vancouver attractions, and the Vancouver Airport. We invite you to register using our group discount code. Go to Marriott's website here: and proceede with the registration form on the right. Click on "Special Rates & Awards" and under "Group Rates" enter our code INPINPA then click "Check Availability" and finish your transaction.

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2010 Meaning Conference, List of Confirmed Speakers

Dr Alexander Batthyany, PhD, President & Head of Science Dept at the Viktor Frankl Institute Vienna. His most recent book is Existential Psychotherapy of Meaning: Handbook of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis (2009).

Dr Alex Linley, PhD: President of the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology. His books include Positive Psychology in Practice (2004) and The Strengths Book (2010). He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Positive Psychology and Co-Editor of the International Coaching Psychology Review.

Dr Salvatore R. Maddi, PhD: Professor at the University of California (Irvine). President of The Hardiness Institute. Dr. Maddi is well known for his research on stress management and creativity. His recent book, co-authored with Deborah Khoshaba, is Resilience at Work: How to succeed no matter what life throws at you (2005)

Dr G. Alan Marlatt, PhD: Director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center and Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. His major focus in both research and clinical work is the field of addictive behaviors. He has authored numerous books, including “Relapse prevention: Maintenance strategies in the treatment of addictive behaviors” (2005). In 2004 he received the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism.

Dr Alex Pattakos, PhD: He is the founder of the Center for Meaning. He is an executive coach and consultant and is the author of the international best-selling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts by applying the wisdom of Viktor Frankl to the workplace.

Dr Ryan Niemiec, PsyD: Education Director for VIA Institute on Character. He is a licensed psychologist with a special focus on positive psychology, mindfulness, and behavioral health. He co-authored Positive Psychology at the Movies: Using Films to Build Virtues and Character Strengths. He is Associate Editor of the APA journal PsycCRITIQUES.

Dr Michael Novak, M.A.: Theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador, he is recipient of 26 Honorary Doctoral Degrees. He is the winner of the 1994 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion and many other major awards. His books include Business as a Calling (1996); The Universal Hunger for Liberty (2004), Washington's God (2006) and No One Sees God (2008).

Dr Paul T. P. Wong, PhD. A strong proponent of existential positive psychology, he has published widely on meaning-centered research and therapy. He is Fellow of both the APA and CPA. He is President of the Meaning-Centered Counselling Inst, and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Dr Jeff Zeig: President of the Milton Erickson Foundation. He has edited or authored more than 20 books that appear in eleven languages. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 29, Psychotherapy); and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.