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035 | Promoting Forgiveness in People Experiencing Trauma

Preconference Workshops


Everett Worthington, Jr., Ph.D.



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, and Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




When people experience serious interpersonal harm, most are resilient post-trauma; some develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and some experience post-traumatic growth (PTG). In many cases, injustices must be dealt with, but many also want to forgive their perpetrators and, often, themselves. This workshop will describe recent clinical findings that show the benefits of promoting forgiveness in individual, couple, or family clients, especially those who have experienced trauma. This presentation will help participants acquire specific forgiveness-centered techniques that can be used with clients. It will give participants ideas for promoting forgiveness and specifically help couple relationships using the REACH Forgiveness and the Hope-Focused Couple Approach (HFCA), an evidence-based model to help heal relationships. 

Learning Objectives

Summarize the clinical science that displays the importance of forgiveness after a traumatic event and two evidence-based treatments for clients 
Describe 10 methods from REACH Forgiveness to promote forgiveness with special considerations for dealing with trauma 
Apply 10 methods from the Hope-Focused Couple Approach to help improve couple relationships