Forgiveness in Psychotherapy: Emerging Research and Clinical Applications

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CE Credit: 3

Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 5

Scientific research on forgiveness has recently intensified with nearly two thousand empirical studies including more than fifty treatment studies. This research shows, in general, forgiveness is positively associated with mental and physical health. Surveys also show most therapists view forgiveness as potentially constructive in certain cases. Yet forgiveness is also a sensitive topic that can be used in coercive ways that do not foster healing. This workshop presents recent advances in research, intervention strategies, and diversity considerations related to forgiveness in a variety of cases, including individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder as well as couple therapy. Original webcast date: Oct. 14, 2016.

This program was originally webcast live on October 14, 2016, and is now available on-demand.

Learning Objective 1

Discuss key dimensions of a psychological definition of interpersonal forgiveness.

Learning Objective 2
Describe research findings on psychological barriers and pathways to forgiveness.

Learning Objective 3
Assess diversity factors that might influence dynamics of forgiveness.

Learning Objective 4
Plan intervention strategies that can facilitate forgiveness in psychotherapy.

Presenter: Steven J. Sandage, PhD, LP

Steven Sandage Dr. Sandage is the Albert and Jessie Danielsen Professor of Psychology of Religion and Theology and Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University. He is also Research Director and Senior Staff Psychologist at the Danielsen Institute. His co-authored/coedited books include To Forgive is Human, The Faces of Forgiveness, Transforming Spirituality, The Skillful Soul of the Psychotherapist, and most recently Forgiveness and Spirituality: A Relational Approach (2015, APA). He has twenty-three years of clinical experience in a variety of settings and has taught in graduate therapy training programs for the past eighteen years.


Supplementary Materials

  • Forgiveness in Psychotherapy
  • Forgiveness Practice Ground Blog
  • References