Forgiveness is often recommended as the path to recovery from interpersonal injuries. We are taught that forgiveness is good for us, and that good people forgive. In actual practice, injured parties sometimes find themselves unable or unwilling to forgive, particularly when the offender is unrepentant.
In this presentation, Dr. Spring will discuss Genuine Forgiveness as a process that asks as much of those who have given offense as it does of the injured party. Attendees will learn how to help injured parties release their preoccupation with their hurt, accept responsibility for any part they may have played, and allow the offender to make amends. Attendees will also learn how to help offenders perform heartfelt acts of repair, such as bearing witness to pain they have caused, delivering a meaningful apology, and taking responsibility for their offense.
This presentation offers methods for clinicians to help those they work with in therapy rise above the experience of injury, repair the rupture within, and explore the possibilities of experiencing Genuine Forgiveness. Dr. Spring will also present concrete steps for offenders to earn forgiveness from the ones they hurt and from themselves.
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Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, ABPP is nationally recognized as an expert on the topics of intimacy, trust, and forgiveness. Throughout her 40 years of private practice, Dr. Spring’s clinical experience have made her a distinguished presenter who has appeared as a guest expert in various media outlets such as NPR, Good Morning America, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post. She received the Connecticut Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Award for Distinguished Family Service and the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology. Dr. Spring is board certified in Clinical Psychology and was a clinical supervisor in Yale University’s department of psychology.
She is the author of After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful, which sold more than half a million copies. The second edition, recently updated, includes a chapter on the “new infidelity”—affairs in cyberspace. Dr. Spring’s book Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging Parent, which explores the moments of grace and personal struggles associated with caregiving and growing old, was awarded the Living Well Award Silver Medal. How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To was a finalist for Best Psychology Book from the Books for a Better Life Award.To learn more about Dr. Spring and her work, please visit her website at www.janisaspring.com.
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