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
1‘how to do it’: coaching & counselling workshops (experts)09.00Whitelands
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1The relevance and effectiveness of working with meaning (keynotes)Whitelands
2 Essential evidence-based skills for practitioners (keynotes)Whitelands
3Lunch & poster sessionWhitelands
4Parallel sessions: specific skills in working with meaning in specific fieldsWhitelands
5Panel discussion: evaluating what we knowWhitelands
6Social event & gala dinner The Telegraph - Putney Heath
#SessionSpeaker(s)TimeVenue
1Essential evidence-based skills for practitioners (keynotes)Whitelands
2Sharing session for practitioners in the audienceWhitelands
3Panel discussion: setting the future agendaWhitelands
4 Lunch & poster session & meet the speakersWhitelands
5Integration of meaning-centered practices in care, work and researchWhitelands
6Parallel sessions: how to integrate meaning-centered practices in specific fieldsWhitelands

CALL FOR PAPERS

Themes to be explored

  • How to work with meaning in specific fields (‘how to do it’)
  • Translating research evidence to clinical practice (‘top-down’).
  • Translating clinical practice to research (‘bottom-up’)
  • Integrating evidence-based meaning-centered practices in health care services and business
  • Methods to research meaning

Presentation types

Paper Sessions. Individual presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes and will be grouped with two other presentations. All rejected presentation will be reviewed for a poster presentation.
Posters. Poster submissions should include a 250-word abstract. Posters will be displayed on 4’ x 3’ (121cm x 91cm) poster boards.
Symposia. Symposia are 60-minute presentations by 3-5 individuals who address a common theme or topic. Ten minutes should be reserved for questions from the audience. proposals for symposia should include a 250-word overview and abstracts from the individual participants of 250 words.
Workshops. A pre-conference workshop may range from 2.5 hours (half day) to 5 hours (full day) on 30 June. A workshop during the conference may range from 1 to 2 hours. Typically, they involve interaction with participants with a focus on interventions. Workshop proposals should include a 500-word overview and a 100-word biography which includes the presenter’s education and professional experience.

IMEC Student Presentation Award

The Scientific Committee wants to particularly stimulate master and doctorate students to present their research. Therefore, the committee will present the IMEC Student Presentation Award for students with the most meaningful poster and/or presentation. This decision will be based on the innovative character, scientific quality, presentation style and practical implications of the work. Please mention in the abstract submission whether your presentation is based on student work.

Travel Information

Venue

Whitelands College
Holyboune Ave
SW15 4JD London
UK

Restaurants & Pubs

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

Transport

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.

£135(students only)
Full conference - Early bird
  • **£185 after the 31st March**
  • 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
  • **£235 after the 31st March**
  • workshops on 30 June
  • conference days 1-2 July
  • welcome drink on 30 June
  • coffee, tea, water, sandwich lunch on all days
  • conference pack
£45
Gala Dinner
  • Three-course dinner including one drink in restaurant The Telegraph

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