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Forgiveness and MI/MD

This course is designed to help you cope with challenges you’ve experienced as a healthcare provider (HCP) during the pandemic. We hope the content will familiarize you with new ideas and give you language that helps describe your feelings.

In this module, we are studying forgiveness and how it can help you move forward.

Disclosure: Forgiveness is an emotional topic and may bring up reminders of difficult experiences you’ve had. If you are feeling overwhelmed by painful thoughts and feelings, it’s important to seek wellness support. If you have experienced harm at the hands of another, we want you to know that it is not your fault. We believe individuals and institutions that are contributing to harm must change.

  1. Snyder, C. R. (2002). Hope theory: Rainbows in the mind. Psychological inquiry, 13(4), 249-275.
  2. Tibbit, D., Piramelli, C., Ellis, G., Luskin, F., & Lukman, R. (2006) “Hypertension Reduction Through Forgiveness Training,” Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling 60, no. 1-2.
  3. Worthington, E. Jr. & Scherer, M. (2004) “Forgiveness is an Emotion-Focused Coping Strategy that can Reduce Health Risks and Promote Health Resilience: Theory, Review, and Hypotheses.” Psychology and Health 19, 385-405.
  4. Worthington, Everett L., Jr., PhD Virginia Commonwealth University (Adapted from a 6-hour Psychoeducational Group Intervention to a 6- to 7-hour Self-Directed Workbook by Everett Worthington and Caroline Lavelock, October, 2012) Further adapted to less than a two-hour self-directed workbook by Everett Worthington, September 8, 2016
  5. Watts, F. & Gulliford, L. (2004) Forgiveness in Context: Theology and Psychology in Creative Dialogue. New York, NY: T. & T. Clark.