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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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His essays and reviews have been published in The New Republic, Commentary, Harper’s, First Things, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and National Review, as well as Theological Studies, The Yale Law Journal, The Public Interest, The Review of Politics, and many other journals here and overseas.

“Illusions and Realities,” his twice-weekly column was syndicated nationally from 1976-1980 and was a Pulitzer finalist in 1979. He serves on editorial boards of several publications and organizations here and abroad. He was co-founder of This World, Crisis, and First Things, and was publisher/editor of Crisis until 1996.

In 1974, Mr. Novak campaigned for the creation of a White House Office of Ethnic Affairs. The office was opened during the Ford administration, continued under President Carter, and Mr. Novak served as an advisor during both administrations.

Mr. Novak was appointed and served as: Ambassador of the U.S. Delegation to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, 1981-1982; head of the U.S.

Delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the monitor of the Helsinki Accords), 1986; with Senate approval, member of the Board for International Broadcasting (the private corporation that governs Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty), 1984-1994; member of the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice, 1985. He has served the United States during both Democratic and Republican administrations.

His teaching career began as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard. From 1965-68 he was Assistant Professor of Humanities at Stanford, where in two out of his three years, the senior class voted him one of the two “most influential professors.” From 1968 to 1973 he taught at the newly formed experimental College at SUNY Old Westbury. During 1973-1974, Mr. Novak launched the new humanities program at the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1976 he accepted a tenured chair as University Professor and Ledden-Watson Distinguished Professor of Religion at Syracuse University. He held the W. Harold and Martha Welch chair as Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame for the autumn semesters of 1987 and 1988. Intrigued by the relationship between religion and economics, he joined AEI as a Resident Scholar in the spring of 1978.

9 www.meaning.ca He graduated (Summa Cum Laude) from Stonehill College (B.A., Philosophy and English) in 1956 and the Gregorian University in Rome (B.A. Theology, Cum Laude) in 1958. He continued theological studies at Catholic University and then at Harvard, where he received an M.A. in 1966 in History and the Philosophy of Religion. Among other awards he has received are: the Freedom Award of the Coalition for a Democratic Majority (1979); HAIS Liberty Award (1981); Friend of Freedom Award, (1981); the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedom Foundation (1984); Award of Excellence, Religion in Media, the 8th Annual Angel Awards (1985); first U.S. member, Argentine National Academy of Sciences, Morals and Politics (1985); Ellis Island Medal of Honor (1986); the Bratislava Medal (1998); the Economics Medal (2000) from the Institute of Italian Managers and Entrepreneurs (IDI); and Twenty-six Honorary Degrees, in the U.S. and abroad [Boston University (1981), St. Louis University (1994) Marquette University (1987), Stonehill College (1977), Thomas More College (1992), Sacred Heart University (1977)...www.michaelnovak.net/

Paul T. P. Wong, PhD

Dr. Paul T. P. Wong received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. He has held professorial positions at various universities, including York University, University of Toronto, and Trent University. As the Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University (TWU), he has established an accredited and widely recognized graduate program. More recently, he served as the Division Chair of Psychology and Business Administration at Tyndale University College. He had been a visiting scientist at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of British Columbia. He has been invited to lecture in numerous universities. He has just accepted the position of Academic Vice President for the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto. He is widely published in the positive psychology of meaning and meaning therapy. The second edition of The Human Quest for Meaning will be released by Rutledge in January 2011.

Robert Biswas-Diener, PhD

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is a coach, positive psychology researcher and organizational consultant. He is author of Practicing Positive Psychology

Coaching (September, 2010), The Strengths Book (2010) and Happiness:

Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth (2008). Robert is USA Programme Director for the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP).

Salvatore R. Maddi, PhD Though pursuing a wide range of interests in personality and psychopathology, Salvatore R. Maddi is especially concerned with stress management and 10www.meaning.ca creativity. According to him, these are best considered related concerns, integrated by the personality hardiness model. Through deepening the attitudes of commitment, control, and challenge which define hardiness, persons can simultaneously develop, reach their potentialities, and cope with the stresses encountered on the way. Maddi's research concerns these topics, using naturalistic designs and training with a range of adult and adolescent subjects in their occupational, familial, and school settings. Also studied is the role of psychosocial factors in the etiology and progression of various physical illnesses.





Todd Kashdan, PhD

Dr. Kashdan is Associate professor of psychology at George Mason University.

He is author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (2009). His book (with Drs. Ken Sheldon and Michael Steger), Designing the Future of Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward, is being published by Oxford University Press. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Personality as well as the Journal of Positive Psychology.

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Francesca Brar Kathryn Britton, MA, Coach and Adjunct Professor at University of Maryland Charles Chen, PhD, Professor of Counselling Psychology, AECP, OISE, University of Toronto Eileen Dowse, PhD, Consultant, Author, President of Human Dynamics, Founding Partner of Appreciative Inquiry Consulting Deborah Fortney, MA, Owner of Team Talk Consulting Merv Gilbert, PhD, Co-Chair of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Collaborative Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University Kenneth Hart, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Windsor.

Louis Hoffman, PhD, Core Faculty, University of the Rockies; Editor-inChief, University of the Rockies Press Linda Page, PhD, President of the Adler Graduate Professional School Michael Steger, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology Colorado State University

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This workshop is designed for the strength-based practitioner who applies principles of wellness and positive psychology in their work with clients. Those who have worked in the mental health field will find positive assessment to be highly complementary to the assessment of dysfunction.

While this workshop will address a number of positive psychology instruments (e.g., assessing positive emotion), the bulk of the workshop will focus on measuring positive traits through the VIA Survey of character, as well as the interpretation of VIA Survey results. The participant will become familiar with the state-of-the-art, VIA Interpretive Report and will learn strategies for reviewing this as a “best practice” with clients. Participants will become familiar with the report’s content, and will learn to work with strengths of the heart, strengths of the mind, signature strengths, lesser strengths, pathways to virtues, strength combinations, and using strengths to build meaning.

Practical exercises will be interspersed throughout the workshop to help the participant apply the content immediately in their daily work.

Please note that all participants in this workshop must have previously filled out and received a VIA Interpretive Report on the web and have it with them throughout the workshop.

Ⓦ Jeff Zeig, PhD Marriage and Family Therapist Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation President of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen Behavioral Sciences Publishers

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The unremitting anxiety and frustration that often bring clients to seek therapy are deeply experiential states that include rigid sub-states, physical sensations, patterns of social relationship, and sequences of behavior. Clients are trapped by their lack of motivation, procrastination, passivity, etc.

Traditionally, clinicians have tried to help clients emerge from these "states" by exploring with them their pasts and life patterns, and encouraging them to change their thoughts and behaviors. But there’s a vast array of powerful human change agents that have a proven record of altering inner and organizational Thursday, August 5, 2010 emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual "states": the arts--poetry, drama, music, theatre, film, painting, sculpture, and movie making. In this workshop, we will explore how to use structural methods from the arts to help clients experience different states of being, envision themselves and their lives in a new way, and begin inhabiting a more energetic, hopeful, creative, and expansive inner/relational self that will empower individuals, families and institutions.

Ⓦ Ken Hart, PhD Professor of Psychology, University of Windsor.

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Describes an empirically validated treatment manual for inculcating forgiveness of others and oneself. Emphasis is placed on spirituality, contrition and repentance. The Twelve Step Facilitation of Forgiveness (TS-FOF) program can be delivered by mental health professionals in a group delivery format with angry clients who have shame issues.

Educational Objectives:

• Understand the difference between Stage 1 recovery from addictive disorders and Stage 2 recovery.

• Describe some of the psychotherapeutic mechanisms of change to explain the efficacy of those Steps of the AA program that are especially relevant to forgiving others and oneself

• Appreciate the role of spiritual surrender in self and other forgiveness

• Describe at least three potential obstacles that might prevent or minimize angry clients from deriving mental health benefits from our TS-FOF program

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Ⓦ Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD This is a continuation of Dr. Niemiec’s workshop that began at 9:00AM.

Ⓦ Paul T. P. Wong, PhD President of the International Network on Personal Meaning Academic Vice-President, Adler Graduate Professional School

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An integrative existential positive psychotherapy based on the central construct of meaning. Attendees will learn evidence-based intervention strategies and skills.

Educational objectives:

1. Understand the distinctions of Meaning Therapy

2. Learn the main intervention strategies of Meaning Therapy

3. Observe the application of Meaning Therapy in specific cases Ⓦ G. Alan Marlatt, PhD Director of the Addictive Behaviors Research Center Professor of Psychology, University of Washington

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The purpose of this workshop is to provide an overview of Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP), a group therapy program that meets weekly for 8 sessions for clients with addictive behavior problems. MBRP combines cognitivebehavioral relapse prevention with mindfulness meditation as a meta-cognitive coping skill. In addition to practicing various meditation skills (including breath and body-scan editation, urge-surfing and breathing-space breaks), participants will learn how to develop coping skills to deal with urges and craving and other triggers for relapse.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Educational Objectives:

• To learn how to apply MBRP interventions to work with clients with addictive behavior problems.

• To practice various meditation skills that are a central component of MBRP.

• To gain knowledge about treatment outcome research showing that MBRP is an evidence-based clinical practice.

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Ⓚ Jeff Zeig, PhD Marriage and Family Therapist Founder and Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation President of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen Behavioral Sciences Publishers

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Effectiveness in communication can be advanced by cross fertilization, cherrypicking methods from other disciplines. Concepts from the arts, especially filmmaking, but also from social psychology, can empower communication with patients, clients, employees and peers.

The arts amplify emotions through the use of hidden codes. Influencing mood and perspective is the point of art – whether drama, painting, literature, dance, or music. Movies use implicit multi-layered methods. The viewer is often unaware of the intricate dramatic, experiential methods that filmmakers use for impact.

Social psychology studies the way in which people are influenced outside of awareness. People respond to contextual markers and demand characteristics without realizing their response or what precipitated it.

We will explore how powerful, covert codes from various arts can be folded into our daily repertoire. We will "unpack" various arts and extract principles that can be applied in the office or at home. Regardless of professional orientation and level of experience, attendees will find ways to use the concepts we uncover by using previously untapped possibilities in communication.

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