Unlock the Transforming Power of Suffering: The How of Integrative Meaning Therapy (AEPP02)

Module 2: Applied Existential Positive Psychology Certificate Program

Preview of Lessons in AEPP02


Lesson Theme
Preface: A new paradigm of healing and flourishing through suffering
Lesson 1: Introduction: Presuppositions about human nature and the natural way of mental health
Lesson 2: Characteristics of Integrative Meaning Therapy and working with multiple selves
Lesson 3: The therapist factor, the client factor, and deep relationship
Lesson 4: Self-transcendence, life review, and the PURE strategy to find meaning in life
Lesson 5: ABCDE strategy, effective coping, resilience, and multicultural perspective
Lesson 6: Dual-systems model, Yin-yang dialectics, and wu wei (mindfulness)
Lesson 7: Double vision and existential universals
Lesson 8: Paradoxical interventions: Know your best self, giving thanks for bad things
Lesson 9: The Meaningful Living Group, family therapy, and group therapy
Lesson 10: Paradigm shift to Existential Positive Psychology: What is PP2.0 and why it is necessary.

Online Certificate Course, Asynchronous 

Optional 10.0 CPA-Approved CE Credits 

Date: Starting on April 15, 2024

Time: Asynchronous

Prerequisites: The student must have taken AEPP01 (Adventures with Viktor Frankl & Advances in Logotherapy) or some other certified Logotherapy course. This can include past INPM Meaning Conference(s), Summer Institute(s), or Meaningful Living Meetup cycle.


Life is complex and full of contradictions and paradoxes. It takes a more flexible and broader mindset to hold two opposing facts or beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously rather than the binary mindset of black-or-white thinking, which only leads to maximizing the positive and minimising the negative. 

In contrast, the ancient wisdom of yin-yang interactions represents a dialectical mindset, which can process different shades of gray. That is more adaptive mindset is essential in empowering clients to discover the optimal balance between two extremes or the right response in complex situations. In short, Integrative Meaning Therapy (IMT) teaches a new paradigm of healing and flourishing with paradoxical and innovative interventions. 

IMT originates from Logotherapy and incorporates various therapeutic modalities, such as CBT, narrative therapy, and cross-cultural therapy, with meaning as the central organizing construct. IMT is based on positive psychology research and existential insights. It is tailored to individual client’s special needs, but also makes optimal use of clients’ innate capabilities for meaning-seeking and meaning-making.

Rather than focusing on symptom reduction, IMT emphasizes both healing and flourishing by meeting the basic human need for meaning, relationships, and faith: the golden triangle for positive mental health. This course will teach paradoxical intervention strategies such as giving thanks for bad things, becoming your best through embracing your worst, and new birth through dying to the old self.  Dr. Wong will use real life stories and case studies to illustrate the practice of IMT. Learn more about meaning therapy and existential positive psychology at www.drpaulwong.com

In sum, this course teaches students how to make use of the potential power of suffering to turn weakness into strength and trauma into achievement. It is a less travelled path of healing and flourishing. This course will also equip students to identify the challenges and opportunities of addressing clients’ deepest fears and highest aspirations.


At the end of this module, all students will gain a deeper understanding of:

  1. The defining characteristics of IMT.
  2. The safe and effective use of self as a therapist.
  3. The major IMT intervention strategies.
  4. Paradoxical IMT intervention skills.
  5. How to apply IMT to various conditions.


Dr. Paul T. P. Wong is the President of both INPM and MCCI. He is uniquely qualified to integrate more than 50 years of research and practice in existential psychology and positive psychology into an innovative way of simultaneously reducing human suffering and advancing global flourishing. 


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


This course will be delivered online asynchronously on drpaulwong.com. I will primarily use Google Documents and YouTube for course material and Google forms for quizzes. For technical support, please send your questions to tim.inpm@gmail.com.


Member Non-Member Student/Retiree
Early Bird* 379 CAD 479 CAD 279 CAD
Regular 399 CAD 499 CAD 299 CAD

8.0 CE Credits


+ 55 CAD + 55 CAD + 55 CAD

*Early Bird Registration ends on March 15, 2024, at 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time).


Refunds: A $100.00 handling fee will be deducted upon registration cancellation. Refund requests to tim.inpm@gmail.com must be received before March 31, 2024, at 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time).

Cancellations of Course: INPM reserves the right to cancel any course. If a course is cancelled, INPM is responsible for refunding the full course registration fee.


The International Network on Personal Meaning is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The International Network on Personal Meaning maintains responsibility for the program.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Which virtual platform will be hosting the asynchronous course?

A: A student-only page on www.drpaulwong.com. A tutorial video on how to use the course platform will be made available.

Q: How will this Module be structured?

A: One lesson, along with its corresponding assignments, will be released every two weeks starting April 15, 2024. The last lesson will be released on September 2, 2024.

Q: I am unclear about the number of curriculum hours needed to complete the course, and about how much time to set aside.

A: This module will be about 10 hours in length. It will consist of 11 lessons (comprising of videos, PPTs, and assigned readings) along with 10 quizzes and 10 discussion questions assignments, and a final 1000-word essay assignment. Your progress will be tracked on a separate register.

Q: When will registration for this online Module 2 end? 

A: You can register up until June 30, 2024.

Q: Is there a limited time for participants to study online?

A: It is at your own pace, but Module two will end on September 14, 2024. Please complete all course assignments by that deadline to receive credit for this course.

Q: Will the online course have a completion certificate?

A: There will be a Certificate of Completion after passing each Module. There will also be an Applied EPP Certificate for completing the entire course, which qualifies you to practice EPP and IMT if you are already a certified Coach, Counsellor, Psychologist or Mental Health Professional.

Q: What are CE Credits? How many will I get once I complete this Module?

A: Continuing education credits are recognized by the APA and CPA in North America and are for psychologists who wish to be in good standing in those associations. 10.0 CE Credits will be given to students that complete the entire course. As a side note, to receive the certificate of completion for this course, one doesn’t need to apply for CE credits. One just needs to finish and pass the online course.

Q: How many modules are there in the certificate program? 

A: There are 5 modules/courses in total in the certificate program, covering the DNA (essentials) of meaning in applied EPP, logotherapy or meaning therapy.  

Q: Upon payment, will I have access to the entire course immediately, or just Module 2?

A: The payment is just for module 2. We will notify you once the next modules are out.

Q: What is the total cost for the certificate program and the dates for when each module is offered?

A: The total cost will be the sum of the cost for each module. All INPM members and Positive Living Newsletter subscribers will be notified about the cost of each module. Here are the five modules for this certificate course:

  • AEPP01 – (Module 1) Adventures with Viktor Frankl and Advances in Logotherapy: Foundation of Mental Health and Well-being 
  • AEPP02 – (Module 2) Unlock the Transforming Power of Suffering: The How of Integrative Meaning Therapy
  • AEPP03 – (Module 3) Existential Positive Psychology: Theory, Research and Applications
  • AEPP04 – (Module 4) New Frontiers in effective coping and adaptation
  • AEPP05 – (Module 5) Case studies in transdiagnostic approaches to mental health problems
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