Training Videos for Professionals:
Forgiveness – This 100-minute training video (in DVD and VHS formats) is available from the
American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Robert Enright, professor of educational psychology, and Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, MD-psychiatrist, 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.
Both training videos are available from the APA.
Peace Video Library
A series of professionally produced video interviews with Dr. Robert Enright is now available to view at no cost on a website called Inner Change which bills itself as “a video journey into our collective humanity, where visitors can discover what it means to be fully human, what resources we all share, how we can tap into our full potential as humans.” The website includes interviews with psychologists, spiritual teachers, activists, and neurologists. Musical meditation segments follow each video.
- The Essence and Definition of Forgiveness (2 min. 15 sec.) – In this interview, Dr. Enright defines forgiveness from an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and interfaith perspective that basically includes what Socrates would call the “essence” or core of forgiveness. He concludes by adding that the highest form of forgiveness is to unconditionally love those who hurt us.
- How I Became Involved in Forgiveness Studies (4 min. 16 sec.) – Dr. Enright explains how after years of studying moral development at the behest of his employer, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he asked himself, “What might make a difference in the world in people’s lives?” The answer he came up with in 1985 was “the virtue of forgiveness” which he saw as a way to heal from the injustices we all face.
- The Two Paradoxes of Forgiveness (1 min. 0 sec.) – In this brief segment, Dr. Enright outlines the two paradoxes (apparent contradictions that are not contradictions) of forgiveness: 1) by forgiving, you are giving unexpected goodness to the person who hurt you; and, 2) in the process, you become stronger and emotionally healed.
- Learning to Forgive in the Small Things (3 min. 19 sec.) – By practicing forgiveness with the smaller hurts in your life, what Dr. Enright calls “exercising your forgiveness muscles,” you can become forgivingly fit and more easily handle the larger injustices in life.
Psychology America Podcasts:
Have you ever had anger that didn’t seem to go away over time? What if your anger is toward a spouse that has betrayed you; toward a lover who has cheated on you? What do you do? What are the five steps to take if YOU are the one who has been unfaithful? How do you get over divorce anger? How can you leave a legacy of empathy and love for your children, for the following generation, rather than toxic anger? This 58-minute podcast was recorded on Dec. 23, 2018, in Dr. Alexandra’s New Jersey studio. – Access the podcast –
In this podcast episode, Dr. Alexandra discusses two new research projects recently completed by Dr. Robert Enright and Dr. Maria Gambaro with 103 men in a U.S. maximum-security prison. Also addressed is “Why should I care what happens to these men? They’re in prison for a reason.” This 67-minute podcast was recorded on Aug. 9, 2020. In the first three weeks that this podcast was available on Dr. Alexandra’s site, it was downloaded by individuals in 225 US cities and 22 foreign countries. – Access the podcast –
Dr. Alexandra Miller, Psy.D. is a mother of four and an expert in family systems psychology, cognitive behavioral psychology (CBT) and clinical psychopharmacology. She has earned a Doctorate in Psychology, a master’s degree (Ed.S.) in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Alexandra is an officer and board member for a children’s advocacy center in Newton, NJ, that helps prevent and treat child abuse. She is the author of “There’s Always Hope”–– a children’s book that inspires hope and teaches empathy for the physically disabled.
Relationships Made Easy Podcast:
In this one-hour four-minute podcast episode, Dr. Abby Medcalf interviews Dr. Robert Enright, whom she calls “the author of the book that changed my life–Forgiveness Is a Choice: A Step-by-Step Process for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope.” Dr. Medcalf explores Dr. Enright’s evidence-based forgiveness model, what it means to forgive, and why you would want to forgive someone in the first place.
Dr. Abby Medcalf is a relationship expert, author, motivational speaker and thought leader who has helped thousands of people create connection, happiness and fulfilment in their relationships (both work and personal) through her books and programs. Her unique background includes degrees in both psychology and business.
– Access the podcast –
Forgiveness Education Video:
This short news video features both Matt Beisser, Principal at St. Dennis Catholic School in Madison, WI, and forgiveness researcher Dr. Robert Enright. It outlines how Forgiveness Education programs are being implemented at St. Dennis and eleven other parochial schools in Wisconsin’s capitol city. A Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Enright has committed his life to studying the science of forgiving others. Among the many scientifically documented Forgiveness Education curricula he and his fellow International Forgiveness Institute associates have developed is an anti-bullying curriculum being used in schools around the world.
American Psychological Association (APA) Interview:
In this video, recorded at the 2011 American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in Washington, DC, author Robert D. Enright talks about his book, The Forgiving Life: A Pathway to Overcoming Resentment and Creating a Legacy of Love. Dr. Enright offers scientifically supported guidance to help people forgive those who have acted unfairly and who have inflicted emotional hurt. The book is available from amazon.com or from the APA website.
International Research Award Interview:
The Expanded Reason Award is presented annually by the University Francisco de Vitoria (Madrid, Spain) in collaboration with the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI (Rome, Italy) “to recognize and encourage innovation in scientific research and academic programs.” Two members of the International Forgiveness Institute (IFI) Board of Directors were selected to receive the 2019 award in recognition of their Forgiveness Therapy research–Dr. Robert Enright, founder of the IFI, and Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, MD, Director of the Institute for Marital Healing just outside Philadelphia, PA. In this video recorded at the Expanded Reason Congress (and awards ceremony) in Madrid on Sept. 19, 2019, Dr. Enright explains the importance of forgiveness across the social science disciplines and the significance of creative thinking, particularly in psychology.
Jerusalem Conference on Forgiveness for the Renewal of Individuals, Families, and Communities
Twenty-Two (22) Video Tapes
The Jerusalem Conference on Forgiveness, the first forgiveness conference ever held in the Middle East, was organized and produced by the International Forgiveness Institute on July 12 and 13, 2017. Day 1 of this 2-day conference included speakers from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam discussing what it means to forgive, the importance of forgiveness, and how to better interact with others through forgiveness. Day 2 focused on how to bring forgiveness to children and adolescents in school and at home. The program included presentations by educators who are implementing forgiveness education, personal testimonies, and opportunities for everyone to contribute their ideas.
Now you can view every presentation of the entire conference whenever you wish. TelePace, an Italy-based telecommunication service, professionally video-recorded all 22 sessions. They are available to you at no charge here.
Conference speakers included:
Day 1 – The Science of Forgiveness
Rome Conference on Forgiveness: Virtue of Forgiveness Formation in Educational Programs to Promote Peace
Nine (9) Video Tapes
The Rome Conference on Forgiveness took place on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the University of Santa Croce, near the Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy.
The magnificent Piazza Navona, one of the most famous of Rome’s many squares. Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi is in the foreground.
Video tapes of all presentations at the conference are all available below thanks to the Videoltre film crew. Please click on the speaker’s name to access the video presentation. At the end of the speakers’ list is a playlist option in which all of the videos are available in one place.
What was the focus of the conference?
This was a one-day conference in beautiful Roma. The program first focused on forgiveness education with children and adolescents. The next set of speakers discussed forgiveness from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, examining what it means to forgive, the importance of forgiveness, and how to better interact with others through forgiveness.
Fr. Luis Navarro, Rector, Professor, University of Santa Croce, gives the opening remarks. “The way to forgive is to love……It is an honor for us to have this conference here……It will be useful for us today…but also for the future.”
Fr. Robert Gahl, Professor of Philosophy, University of Santa Croce, introduces the entire set of talks for the afternoon. “It is an exceptional occasion so that we can all go deeper in our understanding of forgiveness whether more from an academic perspective, or a personal, or spiritual, or diplomatic, or political.”
Dr. Robert Enright of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the International Forgiveness Institute, Inc. discusses the science of forgiveness education. What does it mean to forgive? What is forgiveness education? What is the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of forgiveness education? Why should we have forgiveness education.
Annette Shannon discusses forgiveness education at Holy Cross Girls Primary School in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Alison Sutherland, Director-at-Large of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace informs us of some of the peace initiatives in which her groups are involved.
Peta Pellach of the Elijah Interfaith Institute in Jerusalem discusses forgiveness in Judaism.
Hon. Omer Ahmed Kerim Berzinji, Ambassador of Iraq to the Vatican, discusses forgiveness in Islam.
Msgr. Mariano Fazio discusses forgiveness from a Christian perspective.
Complete YouTube playlist
At Your Local Picture Palace: Forgiveness Movies with a Message:
Salvador Mallo is a once-famous film director who now suffers excruciating back pain, constant heartbreak, and emotional estrangement from his mother. He’s still livid from a 32-year-long feud with an actor he once directed. He’s lost the desire to make new films. Pain and Glory is the story of how Salvador lelarns to forgive himself and others for their failures and shortcomings–and in doing so re-discovers his drive and creativity.
In a series of scenes that move fluidly between his past and his present, forgiveness starts with his body. After years of opiods for his pain, Salvador experiments with heroin, then finally forgives his body of its many misgivings and pursues treatments to alleviate some of his discomforts. As the process unfolds, he forgives himself for not being the son he’d hoped to be to his mother.
Salvador’s missing lover returns briefly for a scene of subtly written and poignantly acted mutual forgiveness between the two grey-bearded characters. But the most moving scenes involve his friend, the actor Alberto. It’s through their reconciliation that the once-defeated Salvador returns to his craft.
The film invites us to consider the ripple effect of forgiveness, as Salvador learns to acknowledge the truth of his emotional pain. As a result of that honesty, he frees himself (and others in his life) from things like needless anger, prolonged distrust, and excessive self-judgement. Once on the other side of forgiveness, he’s able to move forward with both a liberated spirit and a deepened compassion for the sorrow of others.
- Read more about the film Pain and Glory.
- Watch the official trailer (1 min. 35 sec.).
- This review was written by Alicia Crawford, a writer for the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of Berkeley. GGSC recognized Pain and Glory as one of the “Twelve Films (of 2019) That Highlighted the Best in Humanity.”
- This film is rated R for drug use and brief nudity.
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