Healing Interpersonal Wounds – A Radical Approach.
We are all struggling to forgive someone. Relationship injuries (from affairs, addiction, abuse, or even every day insensitivity) can leave us feeling devalued and emotionally raw. Sometimes both people held together by the violation feel violated.
In this workshop, you’ll learn a radical, new alternative to forgiveness – a profound, life-affirming, healing process which allows you to make peace with your past – without forgiving an unrepentant offender. You’ll learn how to de-shame the injury, release your bitter preoccupation with its injustice, restore your dignity, and forge an appropriate relationship with the offender. (This could mean cutting off from or fully engaging with that person.)
You’ll also learn how you might pave the way for genuine forgiveness. If you’re the offender, you’ll learn how to perform bold, humble, heartfelt acts of repair, such as bearing witness to the pain you caused, delivering a meaningful apology, and taking responsibility for the harm you caused. If you’re the hurt party, you’ll learn how to create opportunities for the offender to make good.
This workshop invites you to rise above a violation, repair the rupture within yourself, and consider forgiving the partner, parent, sibling, child, or significant other who has hurt you. For those of you who have wronged someone else, it will offer you concrete steps for earning that person’s forgiveness – and your own.
Three Follow up Workshops.
Each one will focus on something different. You can attend any one session or all.
Janis Abrahms Spring, Ph.D., ABPP, is a nationally acclaimed expert on issues of trust, intimacy, and forgiveness. Her first book, After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful, has sold more than a half million copies. Her two other award-winning books include How Can I Forgive You? The Courage to Forgive, The Freedom Not To, and Life with Pop: Lessons on Caring for an Aging Parent. In private practice for 40 years, Dr. Spring is the recipient of the Connecticut Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology and the Connecticut Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Award for Distinguished Family Service. Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, she is a former clinical supervisor in the Department of Psychology at Yale University and a popular media guest on programs such as NPR and Good Morning America. www.janisaspring.com