Counselors, Psychotherapists and Other Helping Professionals

We have witnessed an explosion of interest in forgiveness therapy since the mid-1990s. Here are some of the reasons why:

Training Materials

Forgiveness - This 100-minute training video (in DVD and VHS formats) is available from the American Psychological Association. Drs. Robert Enright and Richard Fitzgibbons discuss and demonstrate their forgiveness-centered approach to psychotherapy.

Forgiveness Therapy in Practice In this 100-minute video program, Dr. Enright demonstrates his approach to forgiveness therapy with a female client who feels hurt by her mother.

Helping Clients Forgive: An Empirical Guide to Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope - We recommend this book by Drs. Robert Enright and Richard Fitzgibbons for helping professionals who desire more depth in exploring how forgiveness therapy works, together with useful case studies.



Online Continuing Education Course

Helping Clients Forgive – This course is based on the book by the same title.  Course work includes the empirical foundations of forgiveness therapy, process models of forgiveness interventions, and the clinical application of forgiveness in a variety of clinical presentations. The course offers 15 CEU credits to licensed psychologists (through the APA) but has also proven beneficial for ministers, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and other professional counselors who have completed it. To preview the course, read a portion of Unit Six.

The course was written and continues to be run by doc toral  scholar-practitioners affiliated with the IFI. The  following links will enable you to view the full CV of each of the faculty members: 1) Dr. Robert Enright; 2) Dr. Elizabeth Gassin; and 3) Dr. Catherine Coyle.

Learn more and/or register for the Online Continuing-Education Course here.

Additional Training Materials

Forgiveness is a Choice: A Step-by-Step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope – This book by Dr. Robert Enright can be used as a treatment manual for the client or patient.

Exploring Forgiveness - This book is a powerful collection of essays with an interdisciplinary focus that offers a comprehensive view of conceptual, theoretical, and practical issues on the topic of forgiveness. It is edited by Drs. Robert Enright and Joanna North with a Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Forgiveness Therapy: An Emperical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope - This book is actually a new and updated version of the book discussed above by Drs. Enright and Fitzgibbons - Helping Clients Forgive that was published in 2000.  Publication of the book by the American Psychology Association signifies that Forgiveness Therapy is now rightfully taking its place alongside such historically accepted therapies as Psychoanalysis, Humanistic Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy–a huge step forward for forgiveness.


Research Tools

Journal Articles

Dr. Enright’s forgiveness research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison stretches back more than 25 years and includes more than 100 publications. Read the full abstract of 32 of his articles, some of which are peer-reviewed experimental studies, in which people forgive or are forgiven. Learn more about his research work with targeted subjects including incest survivors, cardiac patients, terminally ill elderly cancer patients, at-risk middle and high school students, and others in our research section.

Speakers Bureau

Please contact our Director to schedule Dr. Enright or another of our forgiveness specialists for your conference or event.

Blogs and News

We work to constantly update our materials. Please see the "Blogs and News" section of this website for the latest updates. If you have an idea or request for a forgiveness-related item you can't find on our website, contact us.

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