Forgiveness in Practice: What Mental Health Counselors Are Telling Us

Varda Konstam, Fern Marx, Jennifer Schurer, Nancy B. Emerson Lombardo and Anne K. Harrington

in Before Forgiving

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848607 | DOI:
Forgiveness in Practice: What Mental Health Counselors Are Telling Us

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This chapter outlines the scientific literature on forgiveness. It also discusses the current studies and findings, and the implications and conclusions. It specifically attempts to address the following research questions: Does forgiveness present itself as an issue in the counseling process and how likely are mental health counselors to raise the issue by themselves?; What do mental health counselors view as essential components of forgiveness?; What are the prevalent attitudes held by mental health counselors regarding forgiveness and what factors contribute to their attitudes? The results show that issues connected to forgiveness are very much present and relevant to the clinical work of mental health counselors. There are also highly positive attitudes toward forgiveness and implications for its use in clinical practice. Counselors reported that female clients are more likely to raise forgiveness-related issues and that the process for working with issues related to forgiveness may be different for men and women.

Keywords: forgiveness; clinical practice; counseling; mental health; counselors

Chapter.  7727 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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