IMEC

INTERNATIONAL MEANING CONFERENCE

JOINING FORCES IN PRACTICE AND RESEARCH

LONDON 30 JUNE - 2 JULY 2017

Paola Minekov
Paola Minekov

Join us at the first International Meaning Conference in Europe!

LONDON 30 JUNE - 2 JULY

‘He who has a WHY to live for, can deal with almost any HOW.’ (Nietzsche)

In our dynamic time of political, economic, societal and ecological crises, the ways HOW we live our lives are continuously questioned. More than ever, we need to focus on what motivates us and offers structural stability. How can people find meaning? How can practitioners help individuals? What should they do in their consultation room? What works and what does not work?

The first aim of this conference is exploring existing and innovative ways of working with meaning. Researchers will discuss how their research findings could be used in practice, and practitioners will share their best practice experiences. This will lead to formulating a joint statement at the end of the conference about what we regard as beneficial and evidence-based skills and practices.

The second aim of this conference is building bridges between different communities working with meaning. Although many groups exist, there is little cross-fertilisation. Therefore, this conference offers a space where practitioners and researchers can meet each other, coming from different discipline, for instance in mental or physical health care and life coaching. As the UK lies in between Continental Europe and the USA/Canada, this conference aims to build bridges between different meaning-centered approaches on the different continents. Different methods for practitioners will be addressed, for instance structured, phenomenological or existential approaches. Different research methods will be discussed: what could Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis for instance tell about meaning, and what do clinical trials tell about the effectiveness of working with meaning?

Themes

  • meaning-centered counselling & coaching
  • living a meaningful life despite physical or mental problems
  • meaningful work
  • learning to work in meaningful ways with clients
  • evidence-based practitioners’ skills
  • methods of exploring meaning
  • health care policy development
  • recovery health care model
  • existential positive psychology

SPEAKERS

PAUL WONG

PAUL WONG

International Network on Personal Meaning

JONATHAN SMITH

JONATHAN SMITH

Birbeck University

MICHAEL STEGER

MICHAEL STEGER

Colorado State University

MARTIN MILTON

MARTIN MILTON

Regents University

ALFRIED LÄNGLE

ALFRIED LÄNGLE

International Society for Logotherapy and Existential Analysis

ITAI IVTZAN

ITAI IVTZAN

The University of East London

PIERS WORTH

PIERS WORTH

Buckinghamshire New University

EMMY VAN DEURZEN

EMMY VAN DEURZEN

New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling

MICK COOPER

MICK COOPER

University of Roehampton Centre for Social and psychological Transformation (CREST)

JOEL VOS

JOEL VOS

Conference chair. University of Roehampton Centre for Social and psychological Transformation (CREST)

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Working with goals in counselling and psychotherapyMICK COOPER 1000 1230 Room G070
2The meaning finding method in coaching and counselling (Full day workshop)ALFRIED LÄNGLE 1000 1600Room "Gilbert Scott"
3Existential therapy and the retrieval of meaning EMMY VAN DEURZEN 1000 1230Room G071
4Lunch Break 1230 1330Room G001
5Meaning-centered therapy in groups for physical diseaseJOEL VOS 1330 1600Room G070
6Meaning-oriented grief therapyEdith Steffen , Inês Mendes 1330 1600Room G071
7Tools for Building Meaningful Work - for Yourself and Your ClientsMICHAEL STEGER 1330 1600Room "Ponsonby"
8Integrative Meaning Therapy: Empirical Support & EfficacyPAUL WONG 1330 1600Room "Bessborough"
9OPEN DISCUSSION WITH THE KEYNOTES SPEAKERS: “What are the most significant features of meaning-centred practices – based on today’s workshop(s) and your prior experience?”Chair: Joel Vos , Edith Steffen 16 00 1730Room "Gilbert Scott"
10Conference opening & drinksChair: Joel Vos 1800Room G001
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Opening by Conference ChairJOEL VOS 0930 0950Room "Gilbert Scott"
2Meaningful practices: what do we know about their empirical foundations? An overview of evidence-based practices.JOEL VOS 0950 1030Room "Gilbert Scott"
3Coffee & tea break 1030 1045Gilbert Scott lobby
4What is existential competence? Why do we need it in therapy?PAUL WONG 1045 1130Room "Gilbert Scott"
5Getting at meaning and meaning making: interpretative phenomenological analysesJONATHAN SMITH 1130 1215Room "Gilbert Scott"
6Lunch & poster viewing 1215 1300Room G001
7The prerequisites to find personal meaningALFRIED LÄNGLE 1300 1345Room "Gilbert Scott"
8What are the meanings that set us on fire? Existential therapy and the philosophy of lifeEMMY VAN DEURZEN 1345 1400Room "Gilbert Scott"
9Parallel Session 1: PHENOMENOLOGICAL & EXPERIENTIAL COMPETENCES & RESEARCHKerry Manera , Tony Wilson , Siebrecht Vanhooren , Chair: Carmel Proctor 1430 1545Room G070
10Parallel Session 2: COMPETENCES WORKING WITH FAMILIESKirsty Gardiner , Siu-ming To , Megumi Fieldsend , Ching Man Lam , Chair: Mick Cooper 1430 1545Room G071
11Parallel Session 3: COMPETENCES WORKING WITH PHYSICAL DISEASEVos & Hutchinson , Laura Dewitte , Esther Ingham , Diego Vitali , Chair: Joel Vos 1430 1545Room "Gilbert Scott"
12Coffee & tea break 1545 1600Room G001
13Parallel Session 1: MEANING-MAKING COMPETENCESDiego Vitali, Greta Cecutti, Lauren Sayers and David Winter , Elias Tsakanikos , Evalyne Thauvoye , Carmel Proctor, Roger G Tweed and Daniel Morris , Chair: Piers Worth 1600 1715Room G070
14Parallel Session 2: COMPETENCES WORKING WITH PALLIATIVE CARE, DEATH AND GRIEFClaire Vowell & Edith Steffen , Christian Schulz-Quach , Chair: Ines Mendez 1600 1715Room G071
15Parallel Session 3: MINDFULNESS COMPETENCES: WORKSHOP: Meaning in Life, Marginalization, and Mindfulness: A mixed methods studyZvi Bellin 1600 1715Room "Gilbert Scott"
16Open discussion with the keynotes speakers: “How can we effectively help others live a meaningful life: what do we know from practice and research?”Chair: Carmel Proctor , Edith Steffen , JOEL VOS 1715 1745Room "Gilbert Scott"
17Dinner at the Telegraph (Dining with optional debate questions for each table; optional seat change after every course) 1930The telegraph, Putney Heath - SW15 3TU
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Morning mindfulness sessionMark Maclean 0815 0915Room G070
2OpeningJOEL VOS 0930 0945Room "Gilbert Scott"
3Virtue Healing Meets Positive Psychology: New potential for ‘meaning-making’ in the synergy between two disciplinesPIERS WORTH 0945 1045Room "Gilbert Scott"
4Coffee & tea break 1045 1100Gilbert Scott lobby
5Mindfulness, your torchlight when you seek meaning in the darkITAI IVTZAN 1100 1145Room "Gilbert Scott"
6Using Meaning in Life Surveys in Applied Practice: Evidence and RecommendationsMICHAEL STEGER 1145 1230Room "Gilbert Scott"
7Lunch & poster viewing 1230 1315Room G001
8Wise Therapy about Meaning and Purpose: 2017 RebootTim LeBon 1315 1400Room "Gilbert Scott"
9The personal is still political: Questions of meaning in personal, social and political changeMARTIN MILTON 1400 1445Room "Gilbert Scott"
10Parallel Session 1: SOCIAL JUSTICE & DIVERSITYChing-Wen Chang , Claudia F. Ezraeelian , Nancy Liscano , Chair: Martin Milton 1445 1600Room "Gilbert Scott"
11Parallel Session 2: EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND ORGANISATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS SYMPOSIUMChair: Self-organised , Shizuka Modica (symposium) 1445 1600Room G070
12Parallel Session 3: MEANINGFUL WORK WORKSHOPKatie Bailey , Chair: Tim LeBon 1445 1600Room G071
13Coffee & tea break 1600 1615G001
14Parallel Session 1: MEANING IN CHINA SYMPOSIUMChair: Self-organised , Chan Wallace Chi Ho 1615 1730Room G070
15Parallel Session 2: WORKSHOP LEADING MEANINGFULLY FOR HIGH PERFORMANCEShizuka Modica 1615 1730Room G071
16ROOM 3: CRITICAL DEBATE SESSION: Is it time for existential practitioners to think more critically about how much we  are caught up with individualism, pseudoscience, and the language of medicine?Del Loewenthal , Chair: Edith Steffen 1615 1730Room "Gilbert Scott"
17Open discussion with the keynote speakers: “how can we bring meaning-centered knowledge into practice?”Chair: Edith Steffen , JOEL VOS 1730 1755Room "Gilbert Scott"
18Conference closure & IMEC student presentation awardJOEL VOS 1755 1800Room "Gilbert Scott"
19Drinks & food in the King’s Head (at own expenses) 1900the King’s Head Pub

Travel Information

Airplane: The nearest airports are London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

Train: The nearest station is Barnes. Trains to Barnes run from Clapham Junction, London Waterloo, Staines and Windsor.

Tube:District/ Piccadilly/ Hammersmith & City lines to Hammersmith,  take bus 72. Alternatively, District line to Putney Bridge, then take bus 265 just outside the tube station.

Venue

Whitelands College
Holyboune Ave
SW15 4JD London
UK

Nearby Pub

King’s Head
1 Roehampton High St
Modern British restaurant
Stylish gastropub with roof terrace

Dinner Venue

The Telegraph
Putney Heath, SW15 3TU
The “country pub” in London

£135(students only)
Full conference - Early bird
  • workshops on 30 June
  • conference days 1-2 July
  • welcome drink on 30 June
  • coffee, tea, water, sandwich lunch on all days
  • conference pack
£185
Full conference - Early bird
  • workshops on 30 June
  • conference days 1-2 July
  • welcome drink on 30 June
  • coffee, tea, water, sandwich lunch on all days
  • conference pack
£45Dinner reservation will close on the 25th of June
Gala Dinner
  • Three-course dinner including one drink in restaurant The Telegraph

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