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Forgiveness – The Art of Letting Go

23rd June @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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.

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.

The cost will be £75 for SM members, £115 for non-members.

Please note registration will start at 9.45am, with the session starting at 10am.

To book this session please click HERE

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23rd June
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Scottish Mediation
0131 556 1221