Kathryn Britton, MAPP '06, is the associate editor for PPND and recently the book author for the first two books in the PPND series, Resilience: How to Navigate Life's Curves and Gratitude: How to Appreciate Life's Gifts. She also writes regularly for PPND and in her own blog, Positive Psychology Reflections. Full bio. Articles.
Planning your summer calendar? You are invited to the following conferences that dovetail with Positive Psychology.
- 28 June 2012, Chicago: Work & Well-Being. See below for a brief summary. Register here.
- 5-6 July 2012, San Diego: 2012 IDEA World Fitness Convention. The four-day extravaganza will bring together thousands of the industry’s influential professionals, leaders and educators to reflect on the evolution of the health, wellness and fitness industry while looking ahead to redefine its future. Watch PPND for a series of articles about IDEA by Elaine O’Brien to come out soon. Register here.
- 20-21 July 2012, Toronto, Canada: Canadian Positive Psychology Conference. Register here.
- 26-29 July 2012, Toronto, Canada: 7th Biennial International Meaning Conference. Theme: A Positive Global Vision of Healing and Flourishing through Meaning. (Interested in presenting at the conference? If so, move quickly. 500-word abstracts are due June 1.) Register here.
In today’s climate of global economic uncertainty, geopolitical conflicts, ecological crisis, and the widening gap between haves and have-nots, the meaning perspective offers a promising vision to resolve these challenging global issues and achieve sustainable growth for both individuals and society.
This is the only international conference that emphasizes both positive psychology and existential psychology; it is also the home for logotherapy and existential positive psychotherapy. The conference will highlight the role of meaning in well-being, flourishing, character strengths, resilience, post-traumatic growth, spirituality, psychotherapy, healing, recovery, and positive organizations. It will emphasize both cutting edge research and the application of research findings to meaningful living.
We will host a number of summits involving the most creative minds and best known experts to explore new frontiers and find new solutions. We believe that the meaning-mindset offers an alternative global vision for developing healthy communities and living rewarding lives. The pre-conference professional workshops will cover the latest developments in counselling and psychotherapy.
The conference will place a premium on providing delegates with opportunities for interactions with participants from different theoretical camps and cultures. Through cross-fertilization, integration and networking, we hope that we can find new pathways to make life better for all.
Highlights of the Meaning Conference
This Meaning Conference represents the world’s first summit on the topic of What Makes Life Worth Living. Leaders from different traditions, positive psychology, logotherapy, humanisit/existential psychology, and constructivist psychology, will meet face-to-face to explore common grounds and diverse facets of this important topic
Alexander Vesely, film maker and grandson of Viktor Frankl, will premiere “Viktor and I” — a documentary with a unique and personal look at Dr. Frankl, author of “Man’s Search For Meaning.
Dr. Christopher Peterson, Dr. Richard Ryan, and Dr. Emmy van Deurzen will be given Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Meaning Conference.
We welcome submissions in a wide variety of areas related to the role of meaning/purpose in positive psychology, existential-humanistic psychology, psychotherapy, counselling, and social-personality research. However, we will also consider any submissions related to positive psychology and existential psychology.
Presentation types: Poster, paper presentation, symposium, and workshop. Abstracts for poster or paper presentation submissions should be about 500 words. Proposals for symposia should include a 500-word overview and short abstracts (about 200 words) by individual participants. Proposals for workshops should include a 1000-word overview. Please submit all abstracts to the Conference Chair, Dr. Paul T. P. Wong.
For more information including the list of confirmed speakers and pre-conference workshops, check out the conference flyer.Announcement for the Work & Well-Being 2012 Conference
Together, psychology and business can create healthy workplace cultures that support employee well-being and organizational performance. Come away with knowledge and insights to enhance productivity and well-being in the workplace.
Explore: High-impact health promotion and wellness efforts … Workplace flexibility as a business strategy … Incentives and recognition … Preventing and addressing bullying and other counterproductive workplace behaviors … Lessons learned from award-winning companies … and more.
Highlights from the Work & Well-being 2012 Conference
Hear from these and other outstanding presenters:
- Michael P. Leiter, PhD — Director of the Centre for Organizational Research & Development, Acadia University, Nova Scotia, an internationally known expert on work engagement, burnout and civility in the workplace
- Cheryl Larson — Vice President of the Midwest Business Group on Health. An expert on employer best practices in wellness and health management, value-based benefits, incentives and communication designs and the employer/employee perspective related to these areas
- David Yamada, JD — Professor of Law and Director of the New Workplace Institute, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, an internationally recognized authority on the legal aspects of workplace bullying and author of model anti-bullying legislation that has become the template for law reform efforts across the country
- Bey-Ling Sha, PhD, APR — Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Media Studies, San Diego State University, an award-winning public relations researcher, teacher and practitioner whose research areas include cultural identity, international public relations, activism and gender
- John Randolph, PhD, ABPP — Executive coach, consultant and board-certified clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Lebanon, NH. A nationally recognized speaker on topics such as executive functioning, positive neuropsychology and leadership development
- David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA — Assistant Executive Director for Marketing and Business Development, American Psychological Association, and head of APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program