2002 Meaning Conference, July 18-21, Vancouver, BC  

The second INPM Meaning Conference, on Freedom, Responsibility and Justice, was held in Vancouver. With the INPM growing quickly in membership and influence, the 2002 conference promised to be a hot-spot for knowledge sharing in the feild of meaning, and it did not disappoint. With addresses from some of the biggest names including Dr Arun Ghandi, the conference proved that the INPM was capable of repeating it's success in organizing an international event for professionals, researchers, students.

Speakers at the 2002 conference included:
Arun Gandhi, Ph.D., James Garbarino, Ph.D., Howard Gardner, Ph.D., Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Alfried Längle, M.D., Ph.D., Donald Meichenbaum, Ph.D., Ernesto Spinelli, Ph.D., Mary Pipher, Ph.D., Jeffrey Zeig, Ph.D., Adam Blatner, M.D., Al Dueck, Ph.D., Robert Emmons, Ph.D., Silvia Längle, Ph.D., Drew Leder, M.D., Ph.D., Dmitriy Leontiev, Ph.D., Daniel Helminiak, Ph.D., Lois Holzman Ph.D., Salvatore Maddi, Ph.D, Paul B. Pedersen, Ph.D., Jordan Peterson, Ph.D., Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., Dick Vittitow, Bernard Weiner, Ph.D.

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Here are some comments about the 2002 conference

From Dick Vittitow

"I found the 2nd INPM Conference both inspiring, and increasing of my motivations to increase levels and qualities of support available to individuals committing to lives of personal meaning. We are in the midst of developing a pilot project that works to increase support of personal meaning at community levels. More later. Thanks to you and Lillian for your unselfish dedication."

From a conference volunteer

"It is with much gratitude that I express my thanks for the opportunity to volunteer some time for the Meaning Conference. The experience was for me the pinacle of my academic experience thus far.

Entering into the event, I sometimes worried that as an undergraduate student I would be intimidated by the level of knowledge and academic maturity that I would interact with in my capacity as an assistant. This feeling disappated quickly,in fact, by the second day.

I found myself in conversation with many different scholars who were not only passionate and enthusiastic about their areas of expertise, but also, open and genuine in conversation with me. At no time were my questions or comments treated as invalid or trivial and these interactions will remain with me as the finest parts of the conference.

The process by which we all must endure to attain a degree is sometimes arduous and tiring. The Meaning conference, through the workshops I was able to participate in, to the lectures that I have already been able to incorporate into term papers, has rekindled my passion to pursue a career in the field of counselling psychology.

Pencil me in for the next conference, I want to do it again!!"

Another volunteer

"Congratulations on a terrific conference !! Well done !! It, and the talks that I had with many of the speakers, has left this brain of mine spinning with expansion and new approaches -- about which I am excited and very grateful"


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