Forgiving: What Mental Health Counselors Are Telling Us

Konstam, Varda; Marx, Fern; Schurer, Jennifer; Harrington, Anne; Lombardo, Nancy Emerson; Deveney, Sara
July 2000
Journal of Mental Health Counseling;Jul2000, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p253
Academic Journal
Forgiveness is a potentially significant modality for increasing well-being and improving interpersonal relationships. Results of a survey of 381 mental health counselors regarding attitudes and practices related to forgiveness revealed forgiveness issues to be highly salient in clinical practice. Counselors' religiosity and theoretical orientations were associated with attitudes toward forgiveness. Endorsed intervention activities by mental health counselors appeared to indicate a lack of understanding regarding key activities designed to facilitate forgiveness with a wide range of clients. There appears to be a need to address an existing gap between research advances in the area o f forgiveness and current counseling practices.


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