September 15, 2014

Meet the Authors at TPI and Earn CE: Everett Worthington on Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Theory and Application

Friday, September 19 at 1:30pm EST

Everett Worthington, Jr., Ph.D.: Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Theory and Application 

Dr. Worthington will discuss concepts from his book Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Theory and Application published by Routledge Books.
Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D., is Professor of the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Worthington was founding editor of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal, and serves on other editorial boards of professional journals. He was founding Executive Director and Treasurer of A Campaign for Forgiveness Research, a not-for-profit organization devoted to supporting research into forgiveness (, which led to being editor of Handbook of Forgiveness (Brunner-Routledge, 2005). He is a leader in the field of forgiveness research, teaching, publishing, and dissemination.
A Description of the Book (from the Routledge website)
To be unforgiving is harmful. The inability to come to terms with one’s anger or strife often can lead to stress disorders, mental health disorders, and relationship problems. Forgiveness is a personal decision. Forgiveness and Reconciliation focuses on individual experiences with forgiveness, aiming to create a theory of what forgiveness is and connect it to a clinical theory of how to promote forgiveness. Dr. Worthington creates an evidence-based approach that is applicable for individuals and relationships, and even for society. He also describes an evidence-based method of reconciliation - restoring trust in damaged relationships.
Dr. Worthington hopes that this theory will inform scientific research and improve intervention strategies. Showing that forgiveness transforms personality, Worthington describes ways a clinician can promote (but not force) forgiveness of others and self. He provides research-based theory and applications and discusses the role of emotion and specific personality traits as related to forgiveness. Forgiveness and reconciliation might not be cures, but, as Worthington shows, they are tools for transforming both the self and the world.
Learning Objectives:
·        List two benefits that may occur from forgiving a grudge
·        List two types of forgiveness
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