Anatomy of Forgiveness: Clinical Intervention Strategies to Respond to Individuals Healing from Sexual Trauma

Grace Spencer, MA, LPC, NCC

Forgiveness tends to have sticky religious and moral ties, which may make it a surprising intervention for survivors of sexual trauma. Even more surprising is the unique way forgiveness work uncovers anger and pain in such survivors, especially when it comes to self-forgiveness. Forgiveness supports the healing process by recognizing that an objective wrong has taken place and a just response to such an event will involve experiencing legitimate anger and pain. This session is aimed at increasing awareness of forgiveness as a distinct intervention and its specific use with survivors of sexual trauma.