Santa Clara University

Benson Memorial Center

CPD Mental Health

Mar 15, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Loyola Hall

CPSY x268: The Challenge of Forgiveness as Faced by Victims of Abuse and Betrayal


CPSY x268– The Challenge of Forgiveness as Faced by Victims of Abuse and Betrayal
Saturday, March 15, 9-4:30PM, Rm. 160, $168

*** 6 Continuing Education Hours ***

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Therapists treating victims of abuse are frequently confronted with the question of whether forgiveness should play a role in a client’s healing process. The matter also arises when working with perpetrators who wonder if seeking forgiveness from their victims will help towards making things right, not only for themselves but also their victims.

This workshop examines a process of healing that many victims of abuse and trauma embark on in relation to their traumatic injuries and matters related to anger, revenge and whether they should forgive or not. Whether or not therapist and client comes out of a religious tradition the matter of forgiveness and how it is handled and resolved will have a lot to do with how an abuse victim enters into future relationships with other people in the future and whether or not s/he will know how to set boundaries and/or hold others accountable.

This workshop is a must for any therapist, physician, pastoral counselor, spiritual director and chaplain who works with individuals who were victimized, abused and betrayed by both individuals and assorted institutions. 

Topics covered will be

Social Denial and Pressures to Forgive

Models of Forgiveness

o Religious

o Justice 

o Truth and Reconciliation

Responsibility, Blame and Complicity

Malevolence and Inexcusable Transgressions

Self Forgiveness and Expunging the Internalized Abuser

Importance of Confronting feelings of Resentment and Revenge

Importance of doing Shadow Work

Alternatives to Forgiveness

Accountability as a condition of Forgiveness

Forgiveness verse Reconciliation.

Effects of Forgiving Perpetrators without Community Awareness


At the conclusion of this workshop participants will:

Locate where a client is on the forgiveness spectrum.

Successfully facilitate problematic emotions such as anger, hatred, resentment and revenge.

Offer clients an alternative to forgiveness, i.e., releasement 

Help the client and/or family work through and resolve feelings of anger and hatred towards the perpetrator, thus incurring a range of physical, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual benefits

Robert Grant, Ph.D has trained over 12,000 professionals in hospitals, clinics, county mental health facilities, domestic violence centers, and rape crisis centers to work with victims of trauma. He assessed and/or treated, on site, hundreds of trauma victims in earthquake (Kobe), disaster and war zones (South Africa, Papua New Guinea, Czechoslovakia).  He has also worked in Australia,  New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia, Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong,  Macau, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, India, Italy, Ireland, and Canada.


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Christina Enquist, Ed.D.
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