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The Psychotherapy Cooperative is delighted to host a workshop with Steen Halling, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist and professor emeritus of psychology at Seattle University.


An Experiential Understanding of Forgiveness
for Psychology and Everyday Life:
exploring the nature of forgiveness as a discovery rather than an action, with implications for psychotherapy and everyday relations.



Saturday, December 2, 2023

1:00 PM -- 4:00 PM PST

3 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) available.


The event will be held in person on the Seattle University campus.

Please find location and registration details HERE 

(tickets and CEU's are free for Cooperative members).


About the Event

Forgiveness is an important topic with respect to everyday human relations and the practice of psychotherapy. It merits careful study, especially in these times of conflict and animosity. Although there is an extensive literature in multiple disciplines on the vital topic of forgiveness (over 5,000 articles and books in psychology alone), this literature it is primarily quantitative or theoretical in nature, giving little attention to forgiveness’s experiential dimensions. This workshop is based on phenomenological and qualitative studies of forgiveness, including self-forgiveness, which have implications for psychotherapy. The workshop will be a mixture of presentation and discussion.


Learning objectives

Participants will:

  • Become familiar with predominant understandings of forgiveness in psychology, philosophy, and Western religious traditions as well as the problematic aspects of these understandings.

  • Learn about the nature of forgiving another and of self-forgiveness as revealed by phenomenological studies. Notably, they will recognize how the notion of forgiveness as a discovery rather than an action has distinctive implications for human growth as well as psychotherapy.

  • Learn about the complex nature of injury (and shame) as it relates to the difficulty in finding one’s way to forgiveness and how injury and growth may be better addressed by indirect rather than direct means in psychotherapy.

Participants may obtain 3 CEU credits for attending.


About Steen Halling


Steen Halling, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and a professor emeritus of psychology at Seattle University. Starting in 1985, he studied the topic of forgiveness with his late colleague Jan Rowe and graduate students and has given numerous presentations on this topic at conferences around the world. He is editor of the just published book, The Lived Experience of Forgiveness: Phenomenological and Psychological Perspectives (Lexington Press).

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