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A Joint Conference Combining the 8th Biennial Conference of the INTERNATIONAL NETWORK ON PERSONAL MEANING and the 16th Biennial Conference of the CONSTRUCTIVIST PSYCHOLOGY NETWORK

Thanks for a terrific conference to all who attended! The conference is now over. The information on this page is for general reference only.


Congress description that was disseminated in advance: 

The International Network on Personal Meaning (INPM) and the Constructivist Psychology Network (CPN) are pleased to be collaborating on the FIRST CONGRESS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF PERSONAL MEANING, to be held in downtown Vancouver (on English Bay and Stanley Park) at the Coast Plaza Hotel from July 24-27, 2014. 


The congress combines INPM’s 8th Biennial Conference and CPN’s 16th Biennial Conference into a larger congress spanning the overlapping interests of both organizations. The goal is to foster professional exchanges and connections among members of two organizations with a shared interest in human meaning-making. To that end, CPN and INPM will conjointly accept proposals for presentations and will construct a shared program across four days. The congress provides a unique opportunity for both organizations to offer everything their respective members have come to look forward to at previous conferences, but with the additional advantage of providing the opportunity for connection and engagement with new colleagues with similar interests from a like-minded organization.  

In combining the programs of CPN and INPM under one roof, the congress is a two for one deal—registrants get two conferences for the price of one!

Conference Organizers:
 Marla Buchanan (CPN) and Lilian Wong (INPM) / See our Facebook event page

Call for Proposals


CPN welcomes proposals for papers, symposia, posters, or workshops on any topic related to personal construct psychology, social constructionism, radical constructivism, narrative psychology, human meaning-making, and human change processes.

Proposals are due April 30 May 15 May 30.


Program information posted prior to the congress:

The congress consists of the combined programs of the 2014 INPM and CPN conferences.


Featured Presentations:

  • Keynoters: Jay Efran, Stanley Krippner, Spencer McWilliams, Crystal Park, Michael Steger, and Paul T. P. Wong
  • Meaning Summit: Confirmed participants in the Meaning Summit include Michael Steger, Crystal Park, Paul T. P. Wong, Salvatore Maddi, Deborah Khoshaba, Robert Neimeyer, Stefan E. Schulenberg, and Brent Potter.

Registration Information

Registration information disseminated prior to the congress:

Register for one conference, get another one for free. In combining the CPN and INPM programs, the resulting congress constitutes a two for one deal for attendees!


Each organization is running its own registration, but registration includes full access to the combined program of both organizations regardless of which organization you use to register. The costs are the same regardless of which organization you use to register.

Registration Rates

  • Paid 2014 CPN or INPM Professional Member:
    $465 (Early Bird, By May 30 June 15) / $520 (After May 30 June 15)
  • Paid 2014 CPN or INPM Student Member:
    $300 (Early Bird, By May 30 June 15) / $350 (After May 30 June 15)
  • Non-CPN or INPM Professional (includes 2014 membership):
    $535 (Early Bird, By May 30 June 15) / $590 (After May 30 June 15)
  • Non-CPN or INPM Student (includes 2014 membership):
    $340 (Early Bird, By May 30 June 15) / $390 (After May 30 June 15)
  • Retired Professional:
    $300 (Early Bird, By May 30 June 15) / $350 (After May 30 June 15)
  • Spouse or Life Partner of Paying Attendee: 
    $300 (Early Bird, By May 30 June 15) / $350 (After May 30 June 15)

Prices listed are in Canadian Dollars. When registering online, other currencies will be converted into Canadian Dollars. Early Bird rates are currently available; the deadline for these rates is May 30 June 15. 

Registration Includes

  • Welcome Reception on Thursday evening
  • Banquet event on Saturday evening
  • Annual General Meeting luncheon on Sunday
  • All professional workshops offered as a preconference event

Professional Workshop Only Rates (price is per workshop)

Those not registering for the conference can pay to attend the professional workshops only.

  • Paid 2014 CPN or INPM Professional Member:
    $200 (Early Bird, By May 30 June 15) / $250 (After May 30 June 15)
  • Non-CPN or INPM Professional: 
    $225 (Early Bird, By May 30 June 15) / $250 (After May 30 June 15)
  • Student:
    $175 (Early Bird, By May 30 June 15) / $200 (After May 30)
  • Retired Professional: 
    $175 (Early Bird, By May 30) / $200 (After May 30 June 15)
  • Spouse or Life Partner of Paying Attendee: 
    $175 (Early Bird, By May 30 June 15) / $200 (After May 30 June 15)

Continuing Education

Continuing education information that was provided: 

CE credits will be available for psychologists and counselors.


Coast Plaza Hotel, Vancouver

Accommodation information given to attendees:

Rooms are reserved at a special conference rate at the site of the congress, the Coast Plaza Hotel.

Book Coast Plaza Hotel rooms online or by phone:

About the Coast Plaza Hotel:

Explore everything Vancouver has to offer from its vibrant West End, just steps away from the world-famous Stanley Park and English Bay beaches. Whether you’re looking to take in some scenery while strolling, jogging, or biking, or dive into our city’s great shopping, restaurants, and nightlife, the Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites gives you easy access to it all. Our full-service hotel is also connected to Denman Place Mall, with a grocery and drug store for any basics you might need. Every one of our spacious, recently updated guest rooms features a private balcony—and many offer stunning panoramic views of the city, bay, or mountains. Rooms also come with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and new Simmons Beautyrest® mattresses with triple sheeting. Unwind at our 18,000-square-foot Denman Fitness Center, including an indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna. And don’t forget to check out our fabulous restaurants: The Brasserie and the Comox Long Bar.

Student Paper Award

Student Paper Award was won by Rafael Ayala from California State University, San Marcos.

Students who have their papers accepted onto the program are eligible for the Donald K. Granvold Student Paper Award. To apply for this award, please submit a blinded version of the full paper to Dr. Marla Buchanan at by June 15, 2014 June 30, 2014.

Travel Information


Congress News

Constructivist Psychology NetworkINPM_logo Congress news posted as it becomes available.


Constructivist Psychology Network International Network on Personal Meaning Coast Plaza Hotel’s Guide to Downtown Vancouver

Aerial View of Vancouver


Online Bookstore

Get ready for the congress by reading relevant books on logotherapy, personal construct psychology, and other areas to be discussed at the congress! Shop at the Online Bookstore of the First Congress on the Construction of Personal Meaning (Powered by Amazon).