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Forgiveness – The Art of Letting Go

18th August 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 25th August 2020 @ 6:00 pm

Training will take place on both Tuesday 18th August AND Tuesday 25th August from 3pm – 6pm on both dates, 6 hours total. Participants must be able to attend both sessions.

Mediators are routinely confronted with clients enmeshed in difficult conflict. Rarely is the topic of forgiveness discussed, yet forgiveness offers an important pathway for enabling clients to let go of the past and move forward in their lives. Without forgiveness, anger, resentment and other toxic emotions may continue to fester, long after the external problem – the lawsuit, the divorce, or other dispute – have been resolved, all to the detriment of our clients’ physical and emotional well-being. Clients need practical solutions, but they also need peace, healing, and closure. Forgiveness provides a vehicle for achieving all of these.

This interactive training will provide an overview of the role forgiveness can play in mediation. We will dispel common misconceptions about forgiveness and discuss different types of forgiveness and how each applies to mediation, obstacles to forgiveness, when and how to talk to clients about forgiveness, how to create the conditions for apology and forgiveness, and much more.

Presenter, Eileen Barker, is an internationally recognised mediator, facilitator, forgiveness teacher and coach. She is a leader in the movement to integrate emotional healing and forgiveness in conflict resolution. A litigation lawyer who rejected the traditional adversarial role, Eileen has focused her practice on mediation and conflict resolution for more than 20 years, helping thousands of people resolve disputes outside of court. This work led her into a deep exploration of forgiveness as it relates to resolving conflict and making peace, both with others and oneself. She is a widely published writer and popular speaker who has led numerous trainings on forgiveness.

This event is being jointly hosted by Relationships Scotland, Scottish Mediation and Place for Hope as one of the Year of Mediation 2020 initiatives.

Please note:

  • 1. Closing date for applications is 4th August 2020
  • 2. A minimum of 6 participants is required for the day to go ahead

The cost will be £60 for SM members, £100 for non-members.

Sessions will take place via Zoom, link will be sent out to participants nearer the time.



18th August 2020 @ 3:00 pm
25th August 2020 @ 6:00 pm


Scottish Mediation
0131 556 1221
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