Keynote Info


Understanding Forgiveness and Integrating It into Your Counseling Practice

 Presented by Everett L. Worthington, Jr., PhD (click here for interview and here for bio)

 Workshop Description: I describe how forgiveness is one response (of many) to injustices. There are two types of forgiveness—decisional and emotional—and each has different types and levels of physical, psychological, relational, and spiritual benefits for those who forgive. I differentiate the two from each other and show that they are also not to be confused with saying “I forgive you” or with reconciliation. I describe how to lead psychoeducational groups to promote forgiveness using the REACH Forgiveness interventions, one of the two most-used and most-investigated evidence-based practices. Finally, I discuss various ways—other than just incorporating in psychotherapy or using adjunctive psychoeducational groups—that forgiveness can be incorporated into one’s clinical practice.

Date, Time and Location: Saturday July 8th 10:30am-12:30pm (2 CE hours) in Salon C at the Omni Hotel

Registration and Costs: Individuals can register for the conference workshop using the Eventbrite registration link at the top of this page. Conference registration varies in price for ASERVIC Members, Non-ASERVIC Members, and students. Review the registration page for CE costs.

 Learning Objectives:

By the end of the talk, attendees should be able to:

  1. Teach clients what decisional and emotional forgiveness are;
  2. Lead psychoeducational groups promoting decisional and emotional forgiveness;
  3. Integrate forgiveness into individual psychotherapy, adjunct groups, homework assignments, and public advocacy.

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