Faculty Publications

Title

Towards a feminist empowerment model of forgiveness psychotherapy

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Feminist, Forgiveness, Psychotherapy

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Psychotherapy

Volume

44

Issue

1

First Page

14

Last Page

29

Abstract

In recent years Enright and Fitzgibbon's (2000) process model of forgiveness therapy has received substantial theoretical and empirical attention. However, both the process model of forgiveness therapy and the social-cognitive developmental model on which it is based have received criticism from feminist theorists. The current paper considers feminist criticisms of forgiveness therapy and uses a feminist lens to identify potential areas for growth. Specifically, Worell and Remer's (2003) model of synthesizing feminist ideals into existing theory was consulted, areas of bias within the forgiveness model of psychotherapy were identified, and strategies for restructuring areas of potential bias were introduced. Further, the authors consider unique aspects of forgiveness therapy that can potentially strengthen existing models of feminist therapy. © 2007 APA, all rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

3-1-2007

DOI of published version

10.1037/0033-3204.44.1.14

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