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Forgiveness as a Step to Acceptance: A Fundamental Health Concept

Forgiveness as a Step to Acceptance

A Fundamental Health Concept

IMPORTANT!! Please check the Board Approval Information below to ensure the course is approved by your professional board and will provide the CE credits you need.

Course Description

Forgiveness is a long term process that promotes release from painful events of our past. In that respect, it is a skill to be learned and to be practiced over and over. The lack of forgiveness is a major component to ongoing chronic stress, reflected through emotions such as resentment, hatred, fear, shame, or/or guilt. Thus, forgiveness is an important factor to physical and mental health and the recovery from disease. This course strives to integrate both the traditional, (and largely mental/emotional) and the alternative, (and largely body-based) approaches to forgiveness, making the point that true forgiveness requires work in all domains, and thus is more complete when the body/mind is all part of an ongoing process.

Purpose and Objectives

    • Objective No. 1:Define what forgiveness is and what it is not.


    • Objective No. 2: Associate abuse or harm with a loss of personal power.


    • Objective No. 3: Identity how power moves within the disempowerment triangle of the perpetrator, the victim and the rescuer.


    • Objective No. 4: Recognize how our judgments trigger power loss.


    • Objective No. 5: Identify five domains that usually become part of the neuro-net of power loss, demonstrating the multiple layers of forgiveness work required.


    • Objective No: 6: Consider forgiveness as a mental process, reviewing the descriptions of leading authorities in forgiveness research.


    • Objective No. 7: Recognize the value of helping the victim reframe the story.


    • Objective No. 8: Support the process of discovering the characteristics of our internal self-talk, and chose an internal dialogue that allows growth and healing.


    • Objective No. 9: Recognize internals beliefs about the situation that are disempowering, and become aware of your true beliefs that will create a nurtured life.


    • Objective No. 10: Recognize features of self-concept that support victimization and choose to enhance self-love.


    • Objective No. 10: Explore guilt and shame as erosive to self-concept and to the boundary building process.


    • Objective No. 11: Identify the features of a good apology and its effects on the forgiveness process.


    • Objective No. 12: Consider unmet needs as a motivation for attacks, and resolve to develop internal resources that would allow greater responsibility for personal needs.


    • Objective No. 13: Consider common difficulties people have processing emotions and learn to allow emotional expression.


    • Objective No. 14: Consider how the body holds memories and emotions as tension, or stores unconscious feelings in deep tissues.


    • Objective No. 15: Identify how body-based therapies help the process of forgiveness.


  • Objective No. 16: Recognize the potential growth that acceptance allows and the benefits of sufficient personal power.

About the Author

Linda S. Greenfield, RN, PhD

Linda is the educational administrator, author and instructor for Consultants for the Future. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and Columbia Pacific University and was listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities as a doctorial student. She has taught hundreds of seminars and authored home study courses for over thirty five years in healthcare continuing education.

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Her clinical experiences include acute and long term care, including experience as a flight nurse in the US Air Force and as an educator in a college based nursing program. Linda has a passion for life-long learning and is always on the breaking edge of the latest information in health and healing, integrating both conventional and alternative approaches. She has a knack for breaking down complex topics into easy to understand concepts with practical applications for everyday needs. Linda has been honored as a keynote speaker at several conferences and conventions, including the Spring 2005 conference of the Iowa Department of Health where she spoke about energy healing.

Board Approval Information

Forgiveness as a Step to Acceptance
A Fundamental Health Concept

Consultants for the Future has been approved by the Florida Boards of Nursing, Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling, Massage Therapy, and Acupuncture, Provider No. 50-435; the Iowa Boards of Nursing, Courses Accepted, Behavioral Science Examiners for Mental Health Counselors and Marital & Family Therapists, Sponsor No. 1-05, Social Work Examiners, Sponsor No. 334; the California Board of Nursing, Provider No. 04422; the Georgia Board of Nursing, Provider NO. 50-435; and the District of Columbia Board of Nursing, Provider No. 50-435. The Course meets the requirements of the Minnesota, Ohio, Nevada, and Kentucky Boards of Nursing, and other states by reciprocity.

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