Summer Institute 2017: How to Harness the Power of Meaning (July 22-23, 2017)

May 8, 2017News

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.

Instructors | Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., & Lilian C. J. Wong, Ph.D.

Date | Saturday, July 22 – Sunday, July 23, 2017

Time | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location | Novotel North York Hotel (3 Park Home Avenue, North York, ON)

Registration closed.

Novotel North York Hotel

Equip yourself to
empower your clients.


Awaken self-awareness of who one truly is and what one really wants.

Unique Contribution

Discover how one is uniquely prepared to make a unique contribution.


Cultivate the meaning-mindset to see life in a fresh new light.

Meaning-Focused Coping

Learn meaning-focused coping to transform unsolvable problems.

PURE Model

Master the PURE model of living a meaningful and fulfilling life.

ABCDE Strategy

Master the ABCDE strategy to overcome hardships and develop resilience.

Dual-System Model

Practice the dual-system model to optimize Yin-Yang dialectics.

Double-Vision Strategy

Practice the double-vision strategy to live at a deeper level.


Practice self-transcendence to connect with something greater than the self.

Life Review

Review one’s life and rewrite one’s life story into a hero’s journey.

This is a rare opportunity to learn from Dr. Paul T. P. Wong (, founder of integrative meaning therapy ( 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.


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


Required Readings

Participants will come having read…

  • Wong, P. T. P. (2016). Integrative meaning therapy: From logotherapy to existential positive interventions. In P. Russo-Netzer, S. E. Schulenberg, & A. Batthyány (Eds.). Clinical perspectives on meaning: Positive and existential psychotherapy. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Wong, P. T. P. (2016). Meaning centered positive group intervention. In P. Russo-Netzer, S. Schulenberg, & A. Batthyány (Eds.), Clinical perspectives on meaning: Positive and existential psychotherapy. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Wong, P. T. P. (2016). Meaning-seeking, self-transcendence, and well-being. In A. Batthyány (Ed.), Logotherapy and existential analysis: Proceedings of the Viktor Frankl Institute (Vol. 1; pp. 311-322). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Wong, P. T. P. (2015). Meaning therapy: Assessments and interventions. Existential Analysis, 26(1), 154-167.