Meaning-Focused Therapy

Existentialism and ABC

Connecting Theory to Programming: Using Existentialism and Adventure Based Counseling with Adolescents

J. Scott Glass
Jeanna Jackson

Posted Aug 1, 2006

Adventure based counseling programs have been used with adolescents in a variety of settings. Typically, adventure based counseling programs are group oriented and help participants take responsibility for their own actions, increase self-awareness and connect with others. One potential limitation of adventure based counseling programs is that they are rarely identified with any established counseling theory.

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Harm Reduction Approaches to Addiction Treatment

Executive Director’s Column

Geoff Thompson

Posted Jul 1, 2006

Harm reduction (HR) approaches to addiction treatment are famous mostly for ending up on the front pages of newspapers: tax-payer funded sites for injection drug users to shoot up, supplying heroin to heroin addicts, needle exchanges, and the like. Disciples of abstinence denounce loudly such efforts, but an increasing number of healthcare professionals are touting […]

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Course outlines on Meaning-Centered Counseling and Therapy

Dr. Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Jun 1, 2006

Dr. Paul T. P. Wong has given workshops and courses on Meaning-Centered Counseling around the world. We are happy to post the course syllabus and lecture notes of the Meaning-Centered Course given by Dr. Paul Wong at Tyndale University College; these lecture notes will be posted in installments on this website. The course explores Dr. Yalom’s existential psychotherapy, Dr. Viktor Frankl’s logotherapy and Wong’s integrative meaning-centered counselling. If you have any questions regarding the course, please contact

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Abstinence approaches to addiction treatment

Executive Director’s Column

Geoff Thompson

Posted Jun 20, 2003

The public in Canada and the United States has been educated (or, perhaps more accurately, ‘trained’) to accept Hollywood’s version as the addict’s reality. Professionals label this the ‘abstinence approach’, which sees the recovering addict doomed to struggle throughout the lifespan…

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What Makes Therapy Therapeutic?

George Kunz

Posted May 21, 2003

What makes therapy therapeutic? Is it transference and counter transference? Is it the therapeutic alliance? Is it unconditional positive regard? Yes! All these are therapeutic. However, we need to ask deeper philosophical questions about the nature of this relationship, this unique face-to-face encounter between client and therapist. With careful reflection on psychotherapy, I will make […]

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Radical positive psychology for radical times

Paul T. P. Wong

Posted Apr 21, 2003

International terrorism, radical fundamentalism, natural disasters, AIDS, ethno-geographical wars, oppressive regimes, devastating poverty and the widening gap between the haves and have-nots indicate that the state of the world is not well. Radical positive psychology is needed for the radical times of 21st century…

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The Mental Health of Immigrant Women & Their Rights

Caroline Fei-Yeng Kwok

Posted Feb 21, 2003

It is the contention of my presentation today that the mental health of immigrant women are often affected by their lack of language skills, coping skills in Canada, information about medications and their understanding of their rights within the mental health institutions…

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Transpersonal Psychology and Spiritual Wisdom Traditions

John Davis

Posted Jan 21, 2003

Some thirty years after its birth as a field of study, transpersonal psychology is moving into a new level of maturity and possibility. Its central interests are becoming both more well-defined and more broad-ranging. Its applications in clinical and counseling psychology, health care, social services, education, business settings, and community development are growing in number and depth…

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