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Summer Institute 2017: How to Harness the Power of Meaning

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Hotel Novotel Toronto North York

3 Park Home Avenue

Toronto, ON M2N 6L3


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Workshop Overview

The INPM’s Summer Institute teaches a comprehensive and integrative way to work with meaning-in-life issues in a variety of situations, from trauma and addiction recovery to human flourishing. It equips mental heath professionals with the necessary clinical competencies to employ evidence-based existential positive interventions, which make effective use of people’s natural capacities for meaning-seeking and meaning-making.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from Dr. Paul T. P. Wong (www.drpaulwong.com), founder of integrative meaning therapy (www.meaningtherapy.com) in a two-day intensive workshop. His 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 Summer Institute is primarily for mental health professionals, such as psychologists, physicians, psychotherapists, counselors, social workers, and coaches. We also welcome mature lay people interested in becoming Meaningful Living Facilitators.

Note that there is an *ONLINE* option available for participants outside of the Greater Toronto Area. Check your systerm requirements here: bit.ly/zoomsysreq.

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

CE Credits & Certification

In addition to the option of 12.0 CE credits, a Certificate of Completion in partial fulfillment of the requirements of Meaningful Living Facilitators and the Diploma in Meaning-Centered Therapy will be conferred to those who attend the entire Summer Institute event.

Workshop Leaders

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

Dr. Paul Wong 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.

Dr. Lilian Wong 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 all over the world.


“Paul, you are a born teacher because you are authentic, believe in a higher purpose and of course and not least, the wealth of knowledge and experience you bring to your courses. Oh, and your enjoyment about the life process that is so engaging. I know you have had your own trials and tribulation but you exemplify the awe in living the best life possible, no matter hardship and change. Thanks. —Dr. Deborah K., Summer Institute 2015

“I found the passionate and enlightened presentation and personal examples of Drs. Wong most beneficial about this workshop. This was one of the most meaningful experiences. Thank you!” —Joan E., Summer Institute 2015

“The Institute was great, I learned a lot, it even was useful at a personal level. Even though I attended via the web, I could feel your hospitality.”—Irma A., Summer Institute 2015

“Availability of presenters to the needs, questions, attitudes of participants. Realistic (re: clients) approach of presenters, the self-presentation of Paul and Lilian was amazingly congruent with the material they were demonstrating, i.e., “they practice what they preach.” Thank you, many times over!” —General Evaluation, Summer Institute 2015

“The workshop really framed the mechanisms for resilience and showed individual how to build it. Thank you for everything.” General Evaluation, Summer Institute 2015

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How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For frequently asked questions regarding event tickets and transportation, please read our FAQs below. If you need additional assistance, please email us at info@meaning.ca with "Summer Institute 2017" in the subject line to receive a response between 1-3 business days.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For those using public transportation, the Novotel Toronto North York is conveniently located on Yonge Street and within easy access to the subway. For those driving, there is also onsite underground parking with a daily flat rate that is waived by the hotel front desk for those staying overnight at the hotel. Please see the hotel website for more details.

What's the refund policy?

Cancellations and Refunds: A 100.00 CAD handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation. Refund requests via the Eventbrite application must be received before July 8, 2017 at 11:30 PM EST (i.e., 2 weeks before the start day of the course).

Cancellations of Course: INPM reserves the right to cancel any course due to under-enrollment, instructor illness, or inclement weather. If a course is canceled, INPM is responsible for refunding the full course registration fee.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not need to print your tickets, but please keep your confirmation email handy just in case we need to verify your purchase.

Can I update my registration information?

You have the option of updating your registration information through the link provided on your confirmation email.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

You have the option of transferring your registration fee between any registration option, provided that the individual to whom you transfer your registration fee meets the requirements of the ticket type (e.g., only an active member qualifies for the member ticket price). As well, transfers that occur prior to June 15, 2017 at 11:30 PM EST will qualify for the early bird price; all transfers that occur after this date will be charged the regular fee regardless of original ticket type. Transfers must be completed prior to July 15, 2017 at 11:30 PM EST.

You can complete your transfer by logging into your Eventbrite account or following the link in your confirmation email.

Is it okay if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Your name must match the name on your registration. You have the option of updating your registration information by logging into Eventbrite or following the link provided on your confirmation email at any time before the event. Alternatively, you can transfer your registration fee to another individual (please see previous question).

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