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Forgiveness and Psychotherapy
Course # - CPSY x282
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 6
· Gain a practical understanding of the process of grievance and forgiveness related both to self and others
· Understand the core components of grievance and forgiveness for personal and professional use
· Learn simple techniques for facilitating self change and emerge with an enhanced repertoire of forgiveness skills to help others
· Have an increased understanding of the mind body connection and how it relates to emotional and physical well being
· Learn the 9 steps of forgiveness
Forgiveness is a practice that has emerged from the teachings of all the major religious traditions of the world. These often esoteric doctrines claim that forgiveness can help heal relationships, soothe painful emotions, and serve as an example of the religious life. Although the importance of practicing forgiveness has been extolled for centuries, it is only in the past fifteen years that research has begun to demonstrate that forgiveness has a role in the creation and promotion of health. Dr. Luskin?s internationally-known research shown that the practice of forgiveness can lead to increased hope, greater self-efficacy, increased appreciation of the spiritual aspects of life as well as reduce stress, hurt and anger. Forgiveness has also been shown to have positive physiological consequences as well.
This workshop is designed to teach participants the basics of the forgiveness methods used in the Stanford Forgiveness Projects. This is done through the integration of the principles of cognitive therapy with mindfulness and guided imagery practices designed to facilitate positive emotion. The course consists of lecture, discussion and guided practice. The overarching principle of the workshop is the importance of focused attention in the creation of both positive and negative emotional states. In addition, relevant research on the effect of emotional status on physical health is reviewed and the importance of the mind/body link for creating forgiveness is elucidated.
Frederic Luskin, Ph.D. is the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects, a Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He has completed 10 successful research projects on the training and measurement of forgiveness therapy. Dr. Luskin is the author of the San Francisco Bay Area best sellers Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love as well as Stress Free for Good. Dr. Luskin work has been featured in Time, O, Ladies Home Journal, U.S. News and World Reports, Parade, Prevention as well as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, U.S.A. Today and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, The Public Broadcasting System has made a pledge drive video of his teaching called Forgive for Good.