Terrence Real, MSW, LICSW
Leading Edge Seminars, Inc
Wolfond Centre, University of Toronto, 36 Harbord Street, Toronto
For years I've taught mindfulness techniques to over a thousand clinicians and I'm beginning to see that the path of empathy, happiness, and healing has everything to do with letting go. Letting go and forgiveness have shown medically what we already know intuitively.
— Michael Stone
This one-day workshop will introduce new research on the power of forgiveness in medicine and psychotherapy and its application in a clinical setting. Studies increasingly indicate what we have long intuited: forgiveness is important, not just as a spiritual practice, but as an active component of healing both physical and psychological illness, injury, and suffering.
Forgiveness training has been found useful for a wide range of clients and life situations, including adolescents who have felt neglected by their parents, survivors of childhood abuse, seniors who feel uncared for or hurt, and men who have difficulty reconciling themselves with their partners' decisions to have abortions.
You will learn a nine-step process for cultivating forgiveness, how to recognize when somebody is not ready to forgive, and how to establish the possibility. This workshop will also show you how to manage fight or flight responses in therapy and how to keep clients in their bodies.
You will learn —
About current research demonstrating the effects of forgiveness in medicine and psychotherapy
How forgiveness and assertiveness support each other
Mindfulness practices to get in touch with emotions and holding patterns in the body
Exercises to help clients become aware of where they are holding back
About the neural pathways for compassion and relational ease
How to tell how much feeling is enough and when to promote action
About tools for basic compassion for oneself and others, and emotional self-care
About the Presenter:
Michael Stone, MA, is a psychotherapist, renowned lecturer on the integration of mindfulness and mental health, and Director of Centre of Gravity, a non-profit organization in Toronto integrating meditation, psychology, and social action. He is the author of numerous books on mind, body, and the psychology of ethics, and he ran the popular Leading Edge Seminars “Mindfulness for Clinicians” programs. Michael is a regular guest on CBC Radio and travels internationally, teaching at universities, at conferences, and in health care settings, about the intersection of mindfulness, mental health, and community engagement. His website is www.centreofgravity.org.