NACSW Online Continuing Education

Forgiveness: A Pathway to Emotional Healing Revised
Length: 4.0
Primary Audience:
  • Social workers
  • clergy
  • students
  • human service workers
Practice Level(s):
  • Basic
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Training Format: Video-based
Number of CE Hours: 4.0

Dr. Robert D. Enright, PhD 
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Course Outline

Based on Dr. Robert Enright's 25-years of peer-reviewed, empirical scientific research, this workshop will develop participants' confidence in their own forgiveness skills so they can help their clients bring forgiveness to themselves and to their lives. Session participants will: 1) learn what forgiveness is and what it is not; and 2) discover and learn a pathway to forgiveness. In addition, participants will learn how we can all bring forgiveness to our families, schools, work places and communities for better emotional health.


  • Social Work Ethics, Values, and Professional Relationships
  • Direct Practice: Individuals, Couples, Families and Children

Sample Content


Learning Objectives
As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

1. Define what the term forgiveness means - and doesn't mean.

2. Describe the various steps in the 20-Step Process Model of Forgiving.

3. Articulate how to implement the Process Model for themselves.


Forgiveness: A Pathway to Emotional Healing

I. Introduction: Forgiveness is a choice

II. What is person-to-person forgiveness? Forgiveness cuts across many different philosophies and religions

III. More on what is forgiveness and what is it not

IV. The benefits of forgiveness: scientific analyses demonstrates that considerable emotional, relational, and even physical health benefits result from forgiving

V. First forgive, then spread forgiveness: the roadmap to forgiveness; the 20-Step Process Model of Forgiving

VI. The Forgiving Community: bringing forgiveness to your clients, your family and your community

NOTE: The bulk of the session will be spent on outline Item V: Learning how to forgive (with an actual forgiveness exercise) and how to address forgiveness in one's practice.


Dr. Robert Enright is a true pioneer in the scientific study of forgiveness. He has been called "the forgiveness trailblazer" by Time Magazine because of his 25-year academic commitment to researching and implementing forgiveness programs.

Dr. Enright is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a position he has held since 1978. He is co-founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge about forgiveness and community renewal through forgiveness. He is also a licensed Psychologist.

Dr. Enright is the author or editor of 5 books, and over 80 publications centered on social development and the psychology of forgiveness. He developed the idea that the development of capabilities of reasoning about forgiveness paralleled the development of capabilities at reasoning about justice, which had been developed by Harvard psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg. Dr. Enright explored these ideas in the United States and in other countries showing evidence toward a universality of the developmental processes. He also developed an early intervention to promote forgiveness, which he calls the "process model of forgiving." This 20 step model has been tested by Dr. Enright and others largely in therapeutic situations. He has reviewed and meta-analyzed the contributions of the process model. Many others have applied his model and are practicing his forgiveness therapy approach.

Dr. Enright has received funding from the John Templeton Foundation to conduct research into medical applications of forgiving. He also received funding from a variety of foundations, agencies and individuals for establishing the International Forgiveness Institute and has conducted a range of basic and applied studies of forgiveness.

In addition to programs operating in Wisconsin and throughout the U.S., he currently has elementary school forgiveness education programs operating in Belfast, Northern Ireland and Liberia, South Africa that he oversees himself along with registered programs in 13 other countries; and has consulted for education programs in Colombia, South America and in Serbia.

For his work in the peace movement, Dr. Enright was named a 2006 Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. He also received the 2008-2009 Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator Award from the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.

CE Accreditation Information

NACSW, provider #1078, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), phone: 800-225-6880, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program valid 1/27/18 – 1/27/21. NACSW maintains sole responsibility for the program. The North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) is also recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0479. Social Workers will receive 4.0 continuing education clock hour(s) for participating in this training. It is the responsibility of participants to contact their licensing boards to verify that this training, as a distance education session, meets their jurisdictional standards for continuing education credit and/or licensure renewal.

Requirements for Earning Continuing Education Contact Hours

Requirements to earn continuing education contact hours for home-study courses include: a) engaging with all the required materials provided by this training; b) completing and submitting an on-line evaluation of this session; c) receiving a grade of 80% or better on the “open-book” post-workshop quiz. Session participants who meet these three requirements will receive a continuing education contact hour certificate from NACSW on-line immediately following their completion of this course.

Registration Fee and Refunds

The registration fee covers engaging in all the required materials provided by the on-line training as well as costs associated with maintaining the website which supports the training materials, as well as CE certificate administration. Refunds, minus a $25 administrative fee, are available upon request within 15 days of purchasing/enrolling in a training. No refunds or exchanges are available once the training quiz has been opened.

Grievance Procedure

Any individual who has a complaint regarding any aspect of this training should communicate in writing to the executive director of NACSW within 30 days after having completed the training. The executive director will conduct a review and respond in writing within 30 days of receiving this complaint. For more information, contact the NACSW office at or 203-270-8780.

Request for Accommodations

Please contact NACSW at, or 203.270.8780 if you would like to request a special accommodation.


Because this is a home study training session, there is no direct contact and/or communication between the individual taking this training and the session speaker. Interactivity for this training consists of the interaction between a person registered for this training session and the materials and content offered in this session.

Contact Information

If you have questions pertaining to the content of the training (session content, outline, content level, continuing education contact hours, etc.), contact or 203.270.8780. You will receive a response within 24 hours. If you are in need of technical support, send an email to You will receive a response from the program's technical support manager within 8 hours, 7 days a week.