Towards a feminist empowerment model of forgiveness psychotherapy
Feminist, Forgiveness, Psychotherapy
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.
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McKay, Kevin M.; Hill, Melanie S.; Freedman, Suzanne R.; and Enright, Robert D., "Towards a feminist empowerment model of forgiveness psychotherapy" (2007). Faculty Publications. 2640.