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A New Page: INPM Transitions

Luis A. Marrero, M.A., Editor

A few weeks back, on August 2-5, 2018, attendees of the International Network on Personal Meaning's (INPM) 2018 Meaning Conference in Vancouver, Canada, were once more elated by the quality of the conference. Since Paul and Lilian Wong started sponsoring the Meaning Conferences in 2000, participants have been able to learn from and engage with great presenters and facilitators from all over the world. Another conference high was the well-deserved celebration and recognition of Paul’s contribution, impact, and legacy on meaning-centered practices and research. Once more, we thank Paul and Lilian for their commitment to do good, and for their continued contribution to the field. Thanks to them, the Meaning Conference continues to be that special place and moment in time where we make new friends and re-connect with meaning-centered colleagues and friends.

The Conference in Vancouver was also a turning point for the INPM. With Paul stepping down as President, and with vacancies in the Board of Directors, we welcome professionals from the INPM’s ranks to help fill these positions in order to play an active role in shaping its future. Please reach out to Dr. Paul Wong ( to offer your services. Please see the President’s Column as well as the announcement below for additional information.

Dr. Lilian Wong shares in her article, “ The Untold Story of the INPM and the Meaning Conferences,” the genesis and some of the significant highlights of the INPM, particularly Paul’s unique brand of psychology. The photographs in her article reminiscence wonderful times and wonderful people.

This edition also profiles Dr. Laura Armstrong, an Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychologist, and researcher at Saint Paul University, in Ottawa, Canada, in the School of Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Spirituality. You will find her description of R.E.A.L. therapy and the D.R.E.A.M. program both instructive and inspiring. I encourage you to read her profile and to reach out to Dr. Armstrong ( to learn more about her work.

Jim Rough contributes the article, “Society’s Breakthrough … and You.” The content of his article is a summary of his keynote talk at the 2018 Meaning Conference in Vancouver. Jim shares “how we can transform our system to work for everyone, so we can solve the monster problems our system is creating.” An out-of-the-box practitioner, Jim proposes the use of the Wisdom Council Process and Dynamic Facilitation to bring about lasting improvements. Jim can be reached through The Center for Wise Democracy (

Finally, I wish to thank all our readers and contributors to this Newsletter over the years. This is my last Editorial. And after four years in office, September 1, 2018, was my last day as a member of the INPM’s Board of Directors. I too am moving on to dedicate more time to my logoteleology work and research; to write additional books and articles, to help my clients find meaning, and to spend quality time with my family. It has been a privilege serving the INPM and its membership. I will continue as an active INPM member and look forward to greeting you in future conferences and other INPM sponsored events.

Luis A. Marrero, M.A.
Editor, Positive Living Newsletter

P R E S I D E N T ' S   C O L U M N

The 10th Biennial Meaning Conference and the Future of the INPM

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., President

The sights and sounds of the recent Meaning Conference in Vancouver, Canada remain very vivid in my mind. There are so many meaningful memories of conference participants and presentations that fill my heart with joy and gratitude. I want to thank every member and every presenter that made this conference a success. Some of the photos, which convey a sense of the energy and passion at the conference, will be available online soon.

Since I have already announced my intention to step down as President of the INPM, I want to share my vision with members and supporters for the future of the INPM and my succession plan. The untold story of the INPM and Meaning Conferences in this issue clearly indicates a fragmented world of psychology. The INPM fulfills an important function of integration and cross-fertilization in meaning-oriented research and interventions.

The challenge we face is that most academics and professionals still have the habit of identifying themselves with a particular group...

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New Board Members Needed!

Please see the two announcements below.
President (Job Description) »
Board of Directors (Job Description) »
A Meaningful Book Project

Inspirations for Difficult Times by Dr. Paul T. P. Wong

Over the years, Dr. Wong has posted inspirational statements and axioms on Facebook. Many of his Facebook friends have expressed gratitude for his spiritual help and asked when he would publish these little gems into a book.

This upcoming publication is the answer. It compiles the best of Dr. Wong's inpirations, both his personal favourites and his most popular posts. He is thrilled to present this book as a party of his legacy.

This book is also a fundraiser. Anyone who contributes $50 (CAD) and above will receive a free copy of the e-book; anyone who contributes $100 (CAD) and above will receive a free signed hard copy (donations are tax deductible in Canada). 

These contributions will be used to support the production of Dr. Wong's teaching materials on meaning therapy and second wave positive psychology on the INPM's website and YouTube channel. These teaching materials will benefit a greatly expanded audience. To support this meaningful project, visit

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F E A T U R E D   A R T I C L E S

Featured Member: Dr. Laura Armstrong

In Second Wave Positive Psychology, there is no light without darkness. From the ashes of tragedy or challenges, great meaning can emerge like a phoenix. Life presents difficulties or confronts with its finiteness, concurrently calling us to meaning. Answering the call to meaning can lead to resilience.

Dr. Laura Armstrong, Ph.D., C.Psych., is an Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychologist, and researcher at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada, in the School of Counselling, Psychotherapy.
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Society’s Breakthrough ... and You

Jim Rough, M.B.A., M.S.E.E.

I believe that most of the really big impossible-seeming problems of society are caused by our system. For 25 years, I have been stewarding a realistic, achievable breakthrough solution—how we can transform our system to work for everyone, so we can solve the monster problems our system is creating. And we don’t need government to do it for us. With enough money and media support, you and I could set this transformation in motion.

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The Untold Story of the INPM and the Meaning Conferences

Dr. Lilian C. J. Wong

As we celebrate the INPM’s 20th Anniversary, I think it is an important occasion to remember and reflect on the history of the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM). My story will focus on the Meaning Conferences—to review what we have accomplished in the last two decades and to serve as a blueprint for future meaning conferences around the world. As a psychology professor, researcher, and writer, Paul could not find an academic home because of two problems...
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Counselling Psychology Quarterly

Submit to this Special Issue on Second-Wave Positive Psychology in Counselling Psychology

Counselling psychology values and respects client strengths, resilience, and other adaptive capacities. Undoubtedly, positive psychology has a lot to offer to counselling psychology. Although positive psychology has indeed informed the research and practice of counselling psychologists, critics have noted that an overemphasis on “positive” qualities was too simplistic to understand the complexity of human psychological functioning and change processes.

A “second wave” positive psychology has more recently emerged, which questions the dichotomy between positive and negative, challenges the very notion of “positive,” and explores the intricate interplays between so-called positive and negative psychological processes. Such an approach is expected to bring clinically more meaningful implications for counselling research and practice.

Counselling Psychology Quarterly thus invites empirical research articles, research-based systematic reviews, and research-informed conceptual papers relevant to an anticipated special issue or section on the application of a second-wave positive psychology in counselling research and practice.

Empirical papers, both quantitative and qualitative, that advance our knowledge in this area are welcomed, as well as clinical materials illustrating counsellors’ interventions and client change processes.

Areas of further interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • How a particular psychological trait, quality, and/or process that has traditionally been regarded as “negative” can bring “positive” influences on psychological functioning and change processes in counselling.
  • How the dialectic process of “positive” and “negative” captures the complexity of well-being and other important psychological processes in the practice of psychotherapy.
  • Narratives of those who are using the ideas of second-wave positive psychology in their practice of psychotherapy (advantages/disadvantages, effect of such experiences personally and professionally, perceived effects on clients, lessons learned, etc.).
  • Particular challenges faced when using second-wave psychology as part of the practice of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • How counselling psychologists’ professional training prepares them to make use of principles and ideas of a second-wave positive psychology.
  • Multicultural considerations in second-wave positive psychology in the practice of counselling and psychotherapy.
  • Ethical considerations relevant to applying second-wave positive psychology in the context of counselling and psychotherapy practice.

Instructions for Authors: For instructions on how to submit your paper, visit here.

Editorial Information: Guest editor, Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., Trent University and Saybrook University (

The INPM is dedicated to advancing health, spirituality, peace and human fulfillment through research, education, and applied psychology with a focus on the universal human quest for meaning and purpose.

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