2011 INPM Summer Institute -- Home for meaning-centered positive psychotherapies (INPM Summer Institut)

Venue: Multi-Faith Centre, University of Toronto

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Aug 19, 2011 End Date/Time: Aug 20, 2011
Registration Date: Aug 19, 2011
Early Registration Date: Aug 18, 2011
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The Healing Potentials of Meaning and Play
This Summer Institute offers the latest developments in Meaning-Centered Positive Psychotherapies. It is organized by the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) and the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute (MCCI).

When: August 19-20, 2011 (Friday and Saturday)
Where: Multi-Faith Centre, University of Toronto
569 Spadina Ave.
Toronto, ON M5S 2J7
For centre and parking information, please visit www.multifaith.utoronto.ca
Who should attend? Counsellors, psychologists, social workers, mental health professionals, coaches, consultants, clergy, occupational therapists, nurses, educators and students.
To register online: www.meaning.ca
To register by phone: 416-587-4990
To register by fax: 416-546-5588

Registration fees include:
• Morning coffee/tea, lunch, and afternoon health break
• Workshop handouts and the Brief Meaning-Centered Counselling and Therapy

Descriptions of Workshops
Friday, August 19, 9:00am-12:00pm
Creative Interventions to Engage Resistant Children in Therapy
Presented by Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S

Many children in counselling have difficulty verbalizing their presenting issues because they are reluctant to self-disclose and they are anxious about the therapeutic process. Activities that are creative and play-based can engage otherwise resistant children and help them to express their thoughts and feelings. This workshop will present innovative techniques to engage resistant children and youth in counselling. The workshop will include didactic and audio-visual presentations, demonstrations, and experiential exercises.

Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-S, is an author, sought-after speaker, and practitioner who has worked with children and their families since 1988. She provides clinical supervision to mental health practitioners, runs a play-therapy internship program, and consults to several mental health agencies. She has a reputation as a dynamic workshop leader and has presented trainings across North America and abroad. She is the founder of Champion Press publishing company and has authored numerous publications, including the highly acclaimed books Paper Dolls and Paper Airplanes (with Crisci & Lay, 1997), Creative Interventions for Troubled Children & Youth (1999), Creative Interventions for Children of Divorce (2006), and Creative Interventions for Bereaved Children (2006).

Friday, August 19, 1:00pm-4:30pm
Meaning-Centered Play Therapy
Presented by Lilian C. J. Wong, B.Sc., M.A., Ph.D.

In this workshop, Dr. Lilian Wong incorporates both non-directive and directive approaches in working with children, adolescents, and families, using various modalities of play therapy, such as drawing, sandtray, puppets, and other forms of self-directed play. She employs play therapy to enter into the clients’ inner world and meaning systems. She provides a safe environment for the clients to explore their fears and hopes, constraints and strengths. She also empowers them to make positive changes. Her approach reduces children’s anxieties and depressive moods, and at the same time, increases their self-control and resilience. She will provide examples of “playful ways” of helping both children and parents based on real cases.

Lilian C. J. Wong, Ph.D., has worked with children and adolescents for many years, as a school psychologist, psycho-educational consultant, and psychotherapist in British Columbia, and Ontario. She has taught as a counselling psychology professor for over ten years. Her research interests include play therapy and clinical supervision. She sits on several boards of directors, and on the Steering Committee of the Ontario Coalition of Mental Health Professionals. She is co-chair of Supervision and Training Section of the Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association (APA). She is co-editor of The Handbook of Multicultural Perspectives in Stress and Coping (2006, Springer), The Positive Psychology of Meaning and Spirituality (2007), and Addiction, Meaning, and Spirituality (INPM Press).

Saturday, August 20, 9:00am-4:30pm
One-Day intensive training on Meaning-Centered Counselling and Therapy (MCCT)
Presented by Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych.

The meaning-centered approach is integrative, holistic, existential and evidence-based with a focus on the positive psychology of meaning and spirituality. This workshop provides the strategies and skills to cope with personal predicaments and live a purposeful and fulfilling life. Participants will learn the innovative practice of MCCT in addressing various clinical issues, such as depression, grieving, PTSD, and addiction, and the necessary tools to restore hope and meaning.

Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych., is an internationally renowned author, counselling educator, and researcher in positive psychology. His meaning-centered counselling and therapy has gained world-wide recognition as an effective and flexible approach to both short-term and long-term therapies. He has more than 200 publications. He is the president of the International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM, www.meaning.ca), and the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute, Inc. (MCCI), and editor of the International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy (IJEPP). An engaging and dynamic speaker, Dr. Wong inspires not only through his wisdom and intellect, but through his keen sense of humour and joy for life.


569 Spadina Ave

Additional Information

Registration fees*: Single day Pre-Registrat On-site Regis Non-INPM members $139 $159 Members & International Attendees (Outside North America) $112 $132 Students $85 $105 Two days Pre-Registrat On-site Registration Non-INPM members $250 $270 Members & International Attendees (Outside North America) $200 $220 Students (Need stud ID) $150 $170 *CAD and USD are accepted at par. There will be a fee of $50 for cancellations made after August 12th. **12 CEUs will be available.