Psychologists to probe meaning behind mass shootings at weekend conference

 TORONTO – In the wake of the recent shootings in the United States, and in Toronto, top North American psychologists are gathering for a weekend conference to probe the meaning behind mass shootings.

Toronto’s Meaning Conference, held at the Delta Toronto East hotel in Scarborough, will feature expert panels of renowned scientists , clinicians and authors, as they probe the meaning behind a senseless mass shooting.

“Meaning-making is the most powerful tool at our disposal,” says Paul Wong, Conference Chair and Professor Emeritus of Trent University in a press release. “Conference participants will learn why a lack of meaning often leads to aggression, depression, and addiction, and how meaning-making can contribute to healing and flourishing.”

The conference comes after a spate of shootings that have made headlines over the past month.

On Saturday, family and friends will gather to pay their final respects to 14-year-old Shyanne Charles, one of two victims of the mass shooting on Danzig Street in Scarborough. The second victim of the Danzig Street shooting, 23-year-old Joshua Yasay, was laid to rest on Monday.

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On July 20th, 14 people were killed and 58 others injured after alleged gunman, James Holmes, opened fire in a crowded movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado.

Toronto’s Meaning Conference runs from July 26th to July 29th.

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