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Digital Seminar

Paving a Way to Forgiveness

Evidence -based tools and skills to encourage forgiveness and help clients free themselves from anger and resentment

Renata Porzig-Drummond, PhD, BSc Psychology (Hon), Grad Dip Psychology, BA, Cert Holistic Couns
Two hours
Jul 31, 2020
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One of the most difficult challenges clients may face is forgiving someone who has hurt or betrayed them. Although forgiving can lessen the grip of the hurt and reduce a client’s anxiety, depression and substance use, clients may be conflicted about forgiveness. Does the transgressor deserve forgiveness? Are some transgressions not unforgivable? Is forgiveness really necessary to move on with life?

Similarly, therapists might ask themselves whether there are limits to forgiveness, whether forgiving could be to a client’s detriment, and whether forgiveness is really necessary for healing to take place? Even when forgiveness is likely to be beneficial, new questions arise. How can the client forgive? Are there evidence-based interventions promoting forgiveness?

This training session will address all of these questions. As a crucial first step, it will explain what forgiveness is and what it is not. The session will then explore: the advantages as well as potential costs of forgiveness; barriers to forgiveness; models of forgiveness; and effective interventions that encourage forgiveness. Examples will be drawn from developmental, family, work and relationship contexts.

The session will include: (1) definitions and models of forgiveness; (2) benefits and limitations of forgiveness; (3) steps and barriers to forgiveness; (4) case studies and examples from a variety of settings; (5) a resource kit with tools that can be used in-session with a client or as homework assignments; and (6) experiential application of these tools during the training session.


    “Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.” (Jonathan Lockwood Huie)


“Renata’s enthusiasm, attention to detail, going over and beyond expectations made it an absolute pleasure.”

“Excellent course and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

“Renata has a warm and friendly style and was professional and engaging. She clearly knows her stuff on Positive Psychology. It was great to hear real life examples as well as the video segments of positive psychology in action.”

“The day was well paced and informative with skills and awareness I can use in my work with clients and in my own personal life. I enjoyed the interactive activities discussed and the video."

“Renata’s enthusiasm makes such a difference to the training. She is a very knowledgeable and positive trainer.

“Thank you, today was very engaging, practical and informative, really clear and I will apply it to my practice.”

“Renata was very encouraging of us to ask questions and engaging with her knowledge in that way was fantastic and contributed to everyone’s learning. Just great!”

“The enthusiasm, knowledge on this subject and in general an engaging teaching ability made this an enjoyable and valuable training. Thank you!”

“Renata’s knowledge and experience is impressive! She was well prepared, approachable and helpful throughout.”




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Renata Porzig-Drummond PhD, teaches at the University of Adelaide. She uses an interactive presenting style that is engaging and emphasises practical application in a clinical context. Renata holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a BSc Psychology (Hon) from Macquarie University; a GradDip in Psychology and a BA from the University of Sydney; and a Certificate of Holistic Counselling from Nature Care College. Renata’s research has focused on behaviour change, particularly on the use of emotion-focused and cognitive-behavioural strategies in effecting behaviour change.

Her research has been published in leading academic journals, including Behaviour Research and Therapy, Australian Social Work and Social Science & Medicine. Renata’s clinical experience includes crisis counselling, psychological assessment, and working with clients with a variety of mental health issues. Renata is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the International Coaching Federation.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond has employment relationships with the University of Adelaide, the Professional Development People, and the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Renata Porzig-Drummond is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, the International Coaching Federation, and the Anxiety Practitioners Network.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Understand what forgiveness is and what it is not.
  2. Distinguish between situations where forgiveness may be beneficial and where it could be harmful.
  3.  Help clients remove the chains of resentment and move on with their lives.

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Participants will be able to explain to clients what forgiveness is and what it is not.
  • Participants will be able to explain to clients when, why and how forgiveness may be beneficial to their recovery, and when it may be detrimental.
  • Participants will receive a resource kit with tools that will help them to encourage forgiveness in clients.


  • Forgiveness definitions and models.
  •  Advantages and potential costs of forgiveness.
  •  Application of tools that promote forgiveness and that can be used in-session with a client or as homework.
  • Questions, and closing.

​Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.

To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title.

For live webcasts, post-tests must be completed within one month of viewing the program.

Target Audience

Psychotherapists, counsellors, social workers, psychologists, coaches and allied health professionals.

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