INPM Summer Institute 2019

Transforming Trauma to Resilience Through Meaning Therapy

On-Site in Toronto, Canada & Online Interactive Livestream
Optional 12.0 CPA-Approved CE Credits*
July 20-21, 2019 (Saturday & Sunday)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Location: Novotel, 3 Park Home Ave, North York, Ontario, Canada

Group Pricing Available

Groups of 3 or more from the same organization qualify for the following fees: Members $379 | Non-members $479. To receive the group rate please email us. You will receive a coupon code to be used during the online registration payment process.

Event Details

Trauma is any experience that overwhelms us physically, psychologically, or spiritually, with long-term debilitating consequences if left untreated. A broad range of psychological disorders are rooted in trauma.

At the Summer Institute, Dr. Paul Wong will lead an intensive two-day workshop on Transforming Trauma to Resilience through Meaning Therapy, July 20-21, 2019 at Novotel Hotel, North York, Ontario, Canada. On-site seating is limited. This workshop will also be available via an online interactive livestream. It is suitable for all mental health professionals and first responders. Participants receive a certificate of completion and, as an option, 12.0 CPA-approved CE credits.

INPM’s Summer Institute is an intensive two-day workshop built on evidence-based meaning interventions, equipping mental health professionals with innovative tools that empower clients to recover from trauma and become more resilient. It is hosted biennially by the International Network on Personal Meaning and Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute Inc.

Meaning therapy—an integration of Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy with cognitive behavioural therapy and second wave positive psychology (PP 2.0)—is based on scientific research and existential insights. It makes optimal use of clients’ innate capabilities for meaning-seeking and meaning-making. Meaning therapy emphasizes the basic human need for meaning, relationships, and faith: the golden triangle for positive mental health. This workshop will teach dialectic and paradoxical interventions, which foster post-traumatic growth. Learn more about meaning therapy at


This is a rare opportunity to learn from Paul T. P. Wong, Ph.D., C.Psych., clinical psychologist, founder of integrative meaning therapy, and an internationally renowned leader in positive psychology.

Dr. Wong’s decades of scientific research and clinical experience in integrating different therapeutic modalities in treating trauma, painful memories, and troubling emotions inform his five modules of intervention strategies: Resource-Congruence Model, PURE, ABCDE, Dual-Systems Model, and Double-Vision Strategy. His teachings on the core principles and practices of healing and flourishing through meaning have influenced both researchers and practitioners globally through his numerous publications, keynote presentations, and workshops.


Lilian C. J. Wong, Ph.D., R.P. will assist in leading group discussions and exercises. Dr. Wong is Vice-President of the Meaning-Centered Counselling Institute Inc. and a seasoned registered psychotherapist.


At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify types of trauma (shock, intergenerational, relational, racial).
  2. Describe the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and characteristics of post-traumatic growth (PTG).
  3. Understand how trauma changes one’s brain and personality as well as causes at-risk health behaviours.
  4. Learn how to counteract the brain’s negative bias by building the neural circuitry of response flexibility.
  5. Work with clients to improve their self-regulation, positive self-identity, and resilience through dialectic and paradoxical interventions (e.g., taming painful emotions by naming them, developing resilience through accepting vulnerabilities).
  6. Apply second wave positive psychology principles (e.g., bringing out the best in people by repairing the worst) to improve health outcomes and enhance resilience.
  7. How to incorporate the past into the present and future through improving relationships and meaning reconstruction.


This is an intermediate level workshop for psychologists, counsellors, social workers, coaches, health care professionals, first responders, and educators.


The workshop will include presentations, live demonstrations, exercises, role play, and group discussions, both on-site and via the interactive online livestream.


Refunds: A $100.00 handling fee will be deducted upon registration cancellation. Refund requests to must be received before June 30, 2019 at 11:30 PM (Eastern Time).

Cancellations of Course: INPM reserves the right to cancel any course due to under-enrollment, instructor illness, or inclement weather. If a course is cancelled, INPM is responsible for refunding the full course registration fee.


The CPA’s approval of an individual, group, or organization as a CE Sponsor or Provider is restricted to the activities described in the approved application or annual report form. The CPA’s approval does not extend to any other CE activity the Sponsor or Provider might offer. In granting its approval, the CPA assumes no legal or financial obligations to Sponsors, Providers, or to those individuals who might participate in a Sponsor or Provider’s CE activities or programs. Further, responsibility for the content, provision, and delivery of any CE activity approved by the CPA remains that of the CE Sponsor or Provider. The CPA disclaims all legal liability associated with the content, provision, and delivery of the approved CE activity.


2019 Feedback:

“Thank you again for all your personal effort and skill placed into the teaching content last weekend. It was moving to be part of the seminars and I am deeply appreciative of the invitation to attend. Thanks to you and Lilian for a wonderful and memorable weekend of learning and shared wisdom.”
Lesley Lyle, M.Sc.
Co-Founder, Positive Psychology Learning

“Thanks for your hospitality and a very giving weekend. I’m back in Sweden and thinking about how to continue my further research work. I’m grateful for your thorough life-work in meaning-therapy, and I would like to draw on that and adjust it for a Swedish context.”
Christina Lloyd, Ph.D.
Psychotherapist, Stockholm City Mission
Stockholm, Sweden

“You are modeling living your vocational calling right to the length of your life. I’m just training to be a psychotherapist now at 47. You have inspired me a lot, and also reinforced your own message of meaning despite obstacles… I work in chaplaincy as an intern. You reinforced for me that there is meaning regardless of how many breaths you have left.”
Heather Sansom, Ph.D.
Director, Move Your Mind Counselling & Coaching
Ottawa, Canada

“I have so much gratitude for you all for that very special weekend. I’m looking forward to paying it forward while also using your work in practice and in my writing. I was delighted and humbled to spend time with you all.”
Karen Henry, Ph.Dc.
Owner, Henry Healing

“My experience at the workshop on Meaning Therapy was superb. The effort you took was commendable, and I consider myself gifted to have had this opportunity.”
Jennifer Samson
Research Scholar, Madras University, South India

“I would like to express my deep gratitude for the incredible wisdom and knowledge you offered to all of us on your training last week. It was a fantastic opportunity to interpret my experience from the lens of Meaning Therapy. I feel very inspired and motivated to properly start my training in psychotherapy to be able to help others.”
Dayn Gehry-Riis

“Thank God for your wonderful ministry that really deals with the core problem of humanity.”
Teresa Lam
Pastor and Chaplain
Toronto, Canada

“I have enjoyed and found your workshop very interesting and inspiring. Thank you very much for sharing your wisdom.”
Arantxa Arredondo, Ph.D. Candidate
Clinical Psychologist

“Thank you for an interesting two-day workshop!”
Kathy Mosbaugh

“Both conferences I attended with INPM were a great blessing to me. They added value to my life and practice. Thank-you.”
Dan Sileshi, Ph.D.
Clinical Counsellor

Previous SI feedback:

It was truly a pleasure finally meeting you both… The presentation was well done and informative – kudos to both of you! … Thank you so much for your time and for allowing me the opportunity to experience firsthand your wisdom and kindness.
Don Laird, M.S., NCC, LPC
Psychotherapist & Owner, Pittsburgh Psychotherapy Associates

Thank you SO MUCH for allowing me to participate in this wonderful weekend-long journey into meaning. I learned so much and plan on continuing to develop my coaching niche around the concepts and models you taught this weekend. With profound gratitude!
Karen Henry, M.A.
Owner, Henry Healing

Thank you for the great learning and sharing during this weekend.
Zheni Nasi, B.A.
Recent Graduate, York University

It was fantastic … there was still so much rich content. … I so appreciate the holistic approach you and Lilian bring, acknowledging, encompassing, and embracing both tragedies and triumph. And what I am also grateful for, what possibly some of the other participants don’t know, is that this is not mere theory, but values that both you and Lilian live out. I am a witness and beneficiary of your kindness and gracious hope.
Dean Davey, Ph.D. Candidate
Vice President for Student Development, Pacific Life Bible College

Thanks again for hosting such a great weekend to explore MiL and MT at your Summer Institute. You are both very inspirational to us on many levels.
Scott McCready
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Mobile Health Network

Thank you for a terrific and re-affirming conference!
Ronald Seletsky, M.Ed., LSW, LMHC
Associate Director of Mental Health Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Tewksbury Hospital