Children and the Elderly
In 2007, under the leadership of Executive Director Robert Plath, Forgiveness Workshops with the elderly and with middle school children were initiated. We are now planning to meet with the Marin Superintendent of Schools to begin offering Forgiveness as a Life Skill Training as an alternative education program in Marin.
Drug and Alcohol Dependent Women
"I just want to send a heartfelt thanks to you and to Jane Jennings for the wonderful work you have done with our clients in your Forgiveness groups. Your mission, to heal the world through teaching the practice of forgiveness, is one that fits well with the healing mission of Marin Services for Women. Your bimonthly classes for our clients are extremely helpful to them in their own healing, and are very popular.
As you know, the women that we serve are struggling with drug and alcohol dependence. A majority of addicted women are coping with experiences of childhood emotional, sexual, physical abuse, and often from domestic violence as well. One of the main challenges they face in their recovery is how to forgive themselves for the hurt they have caused themselves and those that they love. They also struggle toward forgiveness of those who have hurt them so that they can unburden themselves of the resentments they have carried for years, which continue to trigger their relapses. It is profoundly valuable for these women to have the opportunity to have regular instruction in the process of forgiveness, as well to hear the inspiring stories of others who have chosen to forgive. After sitting in on the group a few weeks ago, I now understand why they enjoy the groups so much.
Thank you once again for your commitment and your wonderful work–both for the planet and here at MSW for our clients."
Georgia Gasner, MFTI
Assistant Residential Program Specialist
Forgiveness as a Life Skill
In the Forgive for Good workshop and class series Dr. Frederic Luskin presents the forgiveness training methodology that has been validated through six successful research studies conducted through the Stanford Forgiveness Projects.
Dr. Luskin's work combines lecture with a hands-on approach to the ancient tradition of forgiveness. Participants explore forgiveness with the goal of reducing hurt and helplessness, letting go of anger and increasing confidence and hope as they learn how to release unwanted hurts and grudges. His presentations explore the HEAL process of forgiveness that, when learned, can lead to enhanced well-being through self-care. In-class practice may include guided imagery, journal writing and discussion, all presented in a safe and nurturing environment.
In addition to his class series, Forgive for Good is offered as an online course. To learn more about Dr. Luskin, his workshops, books and videos, visit www.learningtoforgive.com.