Many people come for help because they remain stuck in a destructive relationship, job, legal battle or memories of child abuse. A growing number of therapists believe that forgiveness is of crucial importance in helping people break away from these patterns of resentment and revenge.
Does forgiveness help? Or is the concept out of date in our more secular society? Forgiveness and the Healing Process considers this debate. Experienced contributors:
* Consider the place of forgiveness in working with individuals and couples
* Explore the benefits of mediation as a way forward both for the individual and the organisation, and also within the criminal justice system
* Offer a valuable insight into South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the crucial role of forgiveness in post-apartheid South Africa
* Examine a client's view of seeking forgiveness
* Present new frameworks for workers seeking to help people cope with trauma and injustice.
Forgiveness and the Healing Process helps counsellors, psychotherapists, social workers, mediators, psychiatrists, and those working in the criminal justice system understand how forgiveness can facilitate the therapeutic process.
Cynthia Ransley is a lecturer and course leader in social work at Brunel University. She is an integrative psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer in London.
Terri Spy is a counselling psychologist and fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She is a London-based integrative psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer.
Contributors: Michael Carroll, Jane Cooper, Gill Eagle, Maria Gilbert, Joy Green, Guy Masters, Fathima Moosa, Cynthia Ransley, Terri Spy, Gill Straker.
Table of Contents
Sinason, Foreword. Ransley, Spy, Introduction. Ransley, Forgiveness: Themes and Issues. Spy, Christianity, Therapy and Forgiveness. Ransley, Be Cautious About Forgiveness. Cooper, Gilbert, The Role of Forgiveness in Working with Couples. Carroll, Organisations and Forgiveness: The Challenge. Masters, Transformation, Healing or Forgiveness? Assisting Victims of Crime through Restorative Practice. Moosa, Eagle, Straker, In the Aftermath of Political Trauma: What Price Forgiveness? Green, My Journey Towards Healing and Forgiveness with the Aid of Therapy. Ransley, Spy, Letting Go: A Question of Forgiveness?
Contemporary, accessible, theoretically authoritative and practically informative, Forgiveness and the Healing Process embraces the political, theological, criminological, organisational and psychotherapeutic dimensions and dynamics of forgiveness and reconcilliation in a way no other book does. - Colin Feltham, Reader in Counselling, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
This is a very good book ... It deals in a masterly way with issues such as letting go, resolution, restitution and so forth ... If you want to think about foregiveness, this book would be a great help. - John Rowan in BACP North London Magazine, September 2004
'... this is a humane, engaging and challenging book that can lead us to revisit our values and beliefs.' - Fevronia Christodoulidi, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling