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Announcement and Call for Papers

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.  
In today’s highly competitive global economy, building human strengths and fostering resilience at the personal and organizational levels are more important now than ever before. This conference focuses on the positive psychology of meaning, virtues, spirituality, personal responsibility, and worker engagement in enhancing well-being and productivity. The pre-conference workshops emphasize positive psychotherapy, strengths-based assessment, existential and spiritually oriented clinical skills, etc. 

INPM brings together world's leading thinkers, researcher, and practitioners to tackle the challenge ofcreating positive organizations that can survive and flourish in a difficult and uncertain economic time.

The conference will place a premium on providing delegates with opportunities for interactions with speakers and other delegates. Through the principle of collective strategic networking, we hope the conference will facilitate a new vision for the 21st Century and help define what it means to be a psychologically healthy workplace.    

Through invited addresses, paper and poster presentations, workshops, case studies, and open sessions, a wide range of workplace issues will be explored. In addition, we welcome proposals on a variety of topics related to positive existential issues, such as the meaning in life, goal striving, values, character strengths, well-being, and meaning-oriented therapy. Submit a 300-word abstract to Dr. Paul T. P. Wong, Conference Chair ( Graduate student submissions are encouraged.

Deadline for submission: June 15, 2010 

Notification of acceptance: Before June 30 2010 

We welcome participation by psychologists, counselors, coaches, human resource specialists, organizational scholars, business consultants, occupational health & safety personnel, and leaders in business, industry and non-profit organizations.  Students and anyone interested in developing a fulfilling career or vocation are also welcome. 

Confirmed invited speakers include:

  • 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). 
  • Joanne Ciulla, PhD, President of the Society for Business  Ethics, Author of the best selling business book: The Working Life: The Promise and Betrayal of Modern Work. 
  • 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
  • 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) 
  • 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. 
  • 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). 
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 

More invited speakers will be added upon confirmation.

CE credits will be available through the Milton Erickson Foundation. This conference is ideal for all those who are concerned with positive organizational development.

Mark on your calendar forAug. 5-8, 2010 and register for the conference online.

Announcing the Formation of a New Listserv Community for Independent Humanistic-Existential-Transpersonal Psychologists

A number of Society members who were active participants in the old Society Listserv have collaborated to resurrect the spirit and possibilities of that format by initiating a new Listserv for anyone who misses that former venue for the open exchange of ideas, perspectives, and resources. Anyone who is interested in joining this ongoing conversation of like-minded professional may do so by contacting Zeno Franco (email). This new venue is entirely self generated and organized, is completely independent of any official or legal entity, and, specifically, does not operate under the aegis of the Society for Humanistic Psychology or of the American Psychological Association. The purpose is simply the free and open exchange of information, ideas, and opinions, no holds barred, among independent humanistic psychologists.

14th Biennial Conference of the Constructivist Psychology Network

"Constructivism, Creativity, and Connection"

Niagara Falls, NY
July 22-24, 2010
Pre-Conference Workshops July 21

The Constructiveist Psychology Network welcomes all practitioners, educators, researchers, and students interested in constructivist, social constructionist, and narrative theories. Come participate in dialogues that renew your passion for these fields and help push them in new and exciting directions!

Conference Organizers:

  • Donald Domenici, PhD

  • Valerie Domenici, PhD
    (716) 204-5258 ext 91

  • Amberly Panepinto, PhD
    (716) 829-3316 ext 221

For additional information and questions, contact the conference organizers by email.

Free, First Year Membership for New Members of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), Division 51 of APA

A one year, free membership for 2011 is being offered by Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (SPSMM), Division 51 of APA. SPSMM advances knowledge in the psychology of men through research, education, training, public policy, and improved clinical services for men.

Benefits of membership include:

  • Free subscription to Psychology of Men and Masculinity (the official empirical journal of Division 51).
  • Participation in SPSMM Listserve where members exchange information and ideas, discuss research and practice, and network with colleagues.
  • Opportunities to serve in leadership roles in Division 51's Committees and Task Forces. Involvement with Divisional Web page on your interests and expertise in psychology of men.
  • Opportunities to meet, network, and socialize with over 500 psychologists committed to advancing the psychology men and gender.

For further information about the free membership application process: Go to Division 51's website for electronic application or APA's website or Contact Keith Cooke at by email.