One of the most difficult challenges clients may face is forgiving someone who has hurt or betrayed them. Although forgiving can lessen the grip of the hurt and reduce a client’s anxiety, depression and substance use, clients may be conflicted about forgiveness. Does the transgressor deserve forgiveness? Are some transgressions not unforgivable? Is forgiveness really necessary to move on with life?
Similarly, therapists might ask themselves whether there are limits to forgiveness, whether forgiving could be to a client’s detriment, and whether forgiveness is really necessary for healing to take place? Even when forgiveness is likely to be beneficial, new questions arise. How can the client forgive? Are there evidence-based interventions promoting forgiveness?
This training session will address all of these questions. As a crucial first step, it will explain what forgiveness is and what it is not. The session will then explore: the advantages as well as potential costs of forgiveness; barriers to forgiveness; models of forgiveness; and effective interventions that encourage forgiveness. Examples will be drawn from developmental, family, work and relationship contexts.
The session will include: (1) definitions and models of forgiveness; (2) benefits and limitations of forgiveness; (3) steps and barriers to forgiveness; (4) case studies and examples from a variety of settings; (5) a resource kit with tools that can be used in-session with a client or as homework assignments; and (6) experiential application of these tools during the training session.
“Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” (Jonathan Lockwood Huie)
|Handout 1 : Presenter slides (7.46 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|Handout 2: Forgiveness Resource kit (2.95 MB)||Available after Purchase|
|Handout 3 - Reach model for forgiveness (0.04 MB)||Available after Purchase|
Psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, coaches and allied health professionals.
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