It’s exciting to be working on a SIETAR USA conference again. It will be a blend of the traditional and the new. The heart of the conference as always will be the concurrent sessions, which is where you come in. Watch for the Call for Proposals announcement and plan to submit a proposal. There are many good reasons to participate in the 2019 SIETAR USA conference but have you ever thought about how it adds meaning to your life? How it makes you feel more alive?
If someone asked you if your life is meaningful, what would you say? More than 90 percent of us say our lives are meaningful (American Psychologist, Vol. 69, No. 6, 2014). Further research shows that people feel the greatest sense of meaning when needs for relatedness are met, when we feel that we belong in the world, and when we feel close to and supported by family. I’ve heard many people describe SIETAR USA as a sort of family and the conferences as a family reunion. SIETAR USA conferences can provide continuity in our lives. They can help us make sense of the career path we have chosen. They can be renewing and motivating toward meaningful goals. Some people say they just attend because it’s a fun conference and that’s ok too, but there might be more there than you thought.
In addition to the conference this year we have developed an active plan of events for you. The 2019 webinar series starts this month. The February Webinar features Kurt Nemes, Chair of the Ethics Committee for SIETAR USA. Ethics help us determine the right action when values are in conflict. Kurt’s highly interactive webinar will include discussion and polling on possible solutions for ethical dilemmas faced by SIETAR USA members in their work. A webinar schedule is planned for the whole year and as soon as speakers are confirmed, we will post it so you can get the webinars on your calendar. Can’t make them all? We will record the webinars and post them on the members’ page of the website. Two more Saturday Seminars are in the early planning stages. As plans progress, we will fill in the details.
Since this is the month of the Valentine, I send you a big hug!