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May 29–31, 2015 Friday–Sunday 2 nights

How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To

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Janis Abrahms Spring
Janis Abrahms Spring

Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, is a nationally acclaimed expert on issues of trust, intimacy, and forgiveness. A recipient of the Connecticut Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology and former supervisor…
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Janis brings tremendous compassion and groundbreaking clarity to one of the biggest challenges we face.

—Catherine M., Portland, Maine

For everyone, including mental- and spiritual-health professionals.

All of us struggle to forgive someone—a partner, parent, sibling, child, friend, or colleague. Using instruction and role-playing exercises, this workshop teaches those of us who have been deeply hurt how to

  • De-shame the injury
  • Release bitter preoccupation with its injustice
  • See what happened more clearly
  • Restore a sense of dignity
  • Forge an appropriate relationship with the offender (this may mean cutting off that person, or fully engaging with them).

Those who have hurt others learn bold, humble, concrete acts of repair, including offering nondefensive apologies, understanding their contribution to the injury, taking a fair share of responsibility for what went wrong, and earning trust and forgiveness.

Come alone, with the person who hurt you, or with a friend. You’re invited to participate as much or as little as feels comfortable.

Recommended reading Janis Abrahms Spring, After the Affair (revised edition, William Morrow), How Can I Forgive You? (HarperCollins), and Life with Pop (Avery Penguin).