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«A Message from the Conference Chair A warm welcome to the Meaning Conference 2010! It has been ten years since our first International Meaning ...»

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A Message from the Conference Chair

A warm welcome to the Meaning Conference 2010!

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.

We have now reached a significant milestone -- the 10th anniversary of Meaning

Conference. This calls for celebration and reflection. We have gone through our

highs and lows, and overcome overwhelming challenges, but we have grown stronger, revitalized by integrating the new energies of positive psychology and with the enduring vision of Viktor Frankl.

From the perspectives of both logotherapy and positive psychology, work is more than a means of making a living or creating wealth. It can also be a higher calling that ennobles the soul, endows life with meaning, and enhances humanity.

Much can be done to humanize the workplace, to which we devote most of our adult life. Let’s put our heads together to find out how we can bring out the best in people and make work a major source of significance and fulfillment.

I look forward to working with you all throughout this conference and beyond to create psychologically healthy workplaces.

Paul T. P. Wong, PhD, C.Psych.

1 www.meaning.ca Hosts & Organizers The 6th Biennial International Meaning Conference is hosted by the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM), based in Toronto, and the Sunshine Coast Health Center, located in Powell River, BC.

We are also delighted to have support of many outstanding organizations:

The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Viktor Frankl Institute, Vienna Trinity Western University Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute, Inc.

Ed Kennedy Recordings Adler Graduate Professional School VIA Institute on Character Conference Committee Conference Chair Paul T. P. Wong, PhD Deputy Conference Chair Kenneth Hart, PhD Conference Manager Daniel Jordan Program Manager Lilian C. J. Wong, PhD Assistant to Program Manager Daniel Gingras, BA (Hons) Finance Manager Daniel Jordan Conference Aides Coordinator Lilian C. J. Wong, PhD Assistant Coordinator Teresa Steinfort, MA, CCC Volunteers Ross McKinnon Milly Ng, MA, RCC Catherine Hoy 2www.meaning.ca Tia Noble Teresa Steinfort, MA, CCC Charles McLafferty, PhD Pooi Chan Leong Susanne Talkington 3 www.meaning.ca General Information Registration & Informati

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4www.meaning.ca Eligibility for Continuing Education Credit- The 6th Biennial International Conference on Personal Meaning provides CEUs for professionals with a master's degree and above in health-related fields from accredited institutions.

Accreditation A.P.A. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc., is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Credit is provided on an hour-per-hour basis (28.0 hours maximum).

N.B.C.C. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc., is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors (Provider No. 5056). We adhere to N.B.C.C. Continuing Education Guidelines. This program provides a maximum of 28.0 contact hours.

B.R.N. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 9376 for 28.0 contact hours.

State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation-Registered Social Worker Continuing Education Sponsorship. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc., is approved by the State of Illinois Department of Professional Regulation to offer continuing education for social workers at The 6th Biennial International Conference (License No. 159-000501).

B.B.S. The Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Inc., is a board-approved provider (PCE No. 398). This course meets the qualifications for 28.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

State of Florida Department of Professional Regulation – The Milton H.

Erickson Foundation, Inc. is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling as a provider of continuing education (CE Provider #: 50-2008).

5 www.meaning.ca Please note: It is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board directly to determine eligibility to meet your continuing education requirements.Keynote Speakers Alexander Batthyany, PhD Dr. Batthyany teaches Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Psychology at the University of Vienna in the Department for the Theory and Social Studies of Science. He also teaches Logotherapy and Existential Analysis at the Department of Psychiatry at Vienna Medical School.

In addition to his role as chair of the Science and Research Department of the Viktor Frankl Institute in Vienna, Batthyany works alongside of Dr. Eleonore Frankl, running the private archives of Viktor Frankl. Dr. Batthyany is principal editor of the 12-volume edition of the Gesammelte Werke von Viktor Frankl (Collected Works of Viktor Frankl) and together with Péter Sárkány, he is editor of the first Hungarian book series on logotherapy and meaning-oriented, existential psychology and psychiatry.

Dr. Batthyany has published several books and articles. He lectures widely on philosophical psychology, the contemporary philosophy of mind, and logotherapy and existential analysis. Together with David Guttmann, he published the first comprehensive annotated bibliography of empirical research in logotherapy and meaning-oriented psychotherapy, summarizing research studies from over two decades. His most recent book (together with Jay Levinson), the Handbook of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, was published 2010 Alexander Patakos, PhD Dr. Alex Pattakos, affectionately nicknamed “Dr. Meaning,” is the founder of the Center for Meaning, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, and Crete, Greece.

He is widely known and respected as a pioneer in transformational thinking. He is passionate about helping people realize their highest potential and find authentic meaning in their life and work, as well as helping organizations in all sectors and industries create meaning-centric workplaces and deliver products and services that make a positive difference and are truly meaningful. He is the author of the international best-selling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, which is based on the wisdom of and was encouraged personally by the world-renown psychiatrist, Dr.

Viktor Frankl. Prisoners of Our Thoughts is currently available in 15 languages. A second edition, completely revised and updated with a new chapter demonstrating the critical links between meaning and happiness, resilience, engagement, and health, has been be released in July 2010.

A former therapist and mental health administrator, Alex has also been a political campaign organizer, and full-time professor of public and business administration, working closely with several Presidential administrations in the USA on social and economic policy matters, and served as a personal advisor to the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He has been a faculty member at the Brookings Institution, and past president of Renaissance Business Associates (RBA), an international, nonprofit association of people 6www.meaning.ca committed to elevating the human spirit in the workplace. During his tenure as president, RBA was active in Australia, Canada, Europe, Nigeria, South Africa, and the USA.

As a personal coach and mentor, Dr. Pattakos works closely with executives, athletes, celebrities, workers from all sectors, retirees, and others to help them find deeper meaning in their everyday life and work, manage life transitions, and realize their highest potential. He is a radio show host, newspaper columnist, a weekly columnist for The National Herald, to mention a few.

Alex proudly describes himself as a “pracademic,” that is, someone who seeks to bridge the worlds of the practitioner and academic by linking practice and theory.

A pioneer in the use of technology to enhance individual and group learning, Dr.

Pattakos is credited by the World Futures Society and IBM as the inventor of the “Electronic Visiting Professor” concept, an innovation in online distance learning.

Among his many publications, he is the co-author of the book, From Nation to States: The Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program, as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs on public policy and management topics. Among his current projects, Dr. Pattakos is co-authoring a book on living a happy, healthy, meaningful life inspired by Greek culture and is working on a documentary film/television series based on and inspired by his book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts.

Diana Whitney, PhD Dr. Diana Whitney is President of Corporation for Positive Change, a consulting firm dedicated to the creation of collaborative advantage in business and social profit organizations. She is an internationally recognized consultant, keynote speaker, and thought leader on the subjects of Appreciative Inquiry, positive change, appreciative leadership and spirituality at work. Dr. Whitney is a fellow of the World Business Academy, a Distinguished Consulting Faculty with Saybrook University, and a founder of the Taos Institute.

She is an author or editor of fifteen books and dozens of articles, and chapters including The Power of Appreciative Inquiry, The Appreciative Inquiry Handbook, The Appreciative Inquiry Summit and her newest Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization.

Diana teaches and consults in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The focus of her thirty years of consulting and executive coaching is culture change, strategic planning, merger integration, partnerships, large-scale transformation, service excellence, and appreciative leadership. Her clients include British Airways, CapGemini, GTE-Verizon, Glaxo Smithkline, PECO, NY Power Authority, Canadian School of Public Service, Johnson & Johnson, United Religions Initiative, and many others. She is the recipient of many awards for her writing and her work. In 1997 ASTD recognized her work with David Cooperrider at GTE-Verizon with its international Award for Best Organization Culture Change Diana lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and can be contacted at diana@positivechange.org

7 www.meaning.caG. Alan Marlatt, PhD

Dr. Marlatt is 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.

Jeff Zeig, PhD Dr. Zeig is the architect of The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences, considered to be the most important conferences in the history of psychotherapy.

He organizes the Brief Therapy Conferences, the Couples Conferences, and the International Congresses on Ericksonian Approaches to Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, Dr. Zeig is on the Editorial Board of numerous journals; Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 29, Psychotherapy); and Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Practice in Psychology of the National Academies of Practice.

Dr. Zeig is an Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, was a Clinical Member of the International Transactional Analysis Association (1974-1985), and was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Arizona State University (1988-1992).

A psychologist and marriage and family therapist, Dr. Zeig has a private practice, and conducts workshops internationally (40 countries). He has been an invited speaker at major universities and teaching hospitals including The Mayo Clinic, Menningers and MD Anderson. Dr. Zeig is president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen behavioral sciences publishers. He has editor or authored more than 20 books that appear in eleven languages.

Michael Novak, MA, DLitt Dr. Michael Novak received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion (a million-dollar purse awarded at Buckingham Palace) in 1994, and delivered the Templeton address in Westminster Abbey. He has also received the Boyer Award in 1999; with Milton Friedman and Vaclav Klaus the International Prize by the Institution for World Capitalism; the Antony Fisher Prize for The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism presented by Margaret Thatcher; the Weber Award for contributions to Catholic Social Thought in Essen, Germany; the Cezanne Medal from the City of Provence, and the Catholic Culture Medal of Bassano del Grappa in Italy; the highest civilian award from the Slovak Republic in 1996; the Masaryk Medal, presented by Vaclav Havel of the Czech Republic, in 2000; and in December 2001, the Gold Medal of The Pennsylvania Society.

Theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador, Michael Novak currently holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American 8www.meaning.ca Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., where he is Director of Social and Political Studies.

His writings have appeared in every major Western language, and in Bengali, Korean and Japanese. His masterpiece, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, has been reprinted often in Latin America, and was published underground in Poland in 1984, and recently in Czechoslovakia, Germany, China and Hungary. One reviewer called it “one of those rare books that actually changed the world.” Dr. Novak has written some 25 influential books in the philosophy and theology of culture, including, On Cultivating Liberty (1999); A Free Society Reader (2000);

On Two Wings (2001); The Universal Hunger for Liberty (2004), Washington's God (2006) with his daughter Jana Novak, and his latest book No One Sees God (2008). Mr. Novak has also published two novels: The Tiber was Silver (1961), Naked I Leave (1970).

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