Study-Supervision Group: When psychotherapy includes forgiveness

Supervision-Study Group:  When psychotherapy includes forgiveness

18 CEU’s available through NASW-CT

When the violin

Can forgive the past

It starts singing


This on-going group will focus on attachment, mourning, revenge and forgiveness as these are key issues presented by our clients and in our lives.  Our text will be The Forgiving Self by Robert Karen (2001).  Following Karen we will explore many aspects of psychotherapy through this single topic.  The book is divided into three segments: Loss, Resentment and Connection.  Much of our personal well being depends on how well we personally manage these three themes of life; we must face our own demons and forgive ourselves as well as help others to forgive their parents, partners and injuries in the present.  Of course, there are events and people who cannot be forgiven – as least by us as human beings.

Below are the dates of our meetings, the chapters relevant to each gathering, and the topic to be discussed.  Half our time will be devoted to understanding the theme, the other half to case presentations

September 20, 2013      Chapters 1&2      Development of the capacity to mourn

October 25, 2013          Chapter 3             Earliest childhood: secure or insecure?

November 13, 2013       Chapter 4             Can protest lead to repair?

December 13, 2013      Chapter 5              What fires together wires together

January 24, 2014         Chapter 6                Defenses against shame

February 21, 2014      Chapter 7              Revenge, envy and arrested development

April 11, 2014           Chapter 8&9   Right brain-right brain attunement and empathy

May 9, 2014             Chapter 10&11       When anger becomes bitterness

June 13, 2014  Chapters 12,13,14  Forgiveness as part of psychological well being


We will meet on Fridays 2-4pm at my office at 96 Bouton Road, South Salem, NY 10590

The cost for the 9 meetings is $600.  To register please send $100 to the above address.  Please note: there is no March meeting due to my teaching schedule.


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