Relation to a Particular Psychological Field (Theory, Practice, and the Helping Professional)

Based upon Carl Jung`s theory of personality, workshop participants will learn how to match their personality preferences with a therapeutic style that maximizes one’s therapeutic effectiveness.  They will also learn therapeutic and educational skills that can best serve the target population and cultural environment they have identified for their professional work.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase one’s knowledge regarding the behavioral science research on forgiveness.
  • Assess the extent to which a client’s wellbeing is negatively impacted by unforgiveness.
  • Apply therapeutically the skill of facilitating forgiveness in order to positively change the cognitions, emotions and/or behavior of one’s clients.

A Workshop for Mental Health Professionals and Ministers

3.5 hour Workshop 

The Process and Therapeutic Healing Power of Forgiveness:

Emotional and Cognitive Healing through the Therapeutic Process of Forgiveness

Mack Harnden, Ph.D.


Participants will learn the therapeutic skills of facilitating forgiveness for clients who have been deeply hurt or emotionally wounded by one or more persons.  Excerpts  from a variety of movies that portray one or more aspects of forgiveness or unforgiveness will be shown.   The focus will be on those who are experiencing depression, anxiety and prolonged anger.


The objective of this workshop is to equip and inspire mental health professionals to be a catalyst for their clients to experience forgiveness.  Unforgiveness has been documented as a major source of long-term chronic depression, anger and anxiety.  Since 1985, behavioral scientists have rigorously researched, from an empirical basis and a “case study” basis, the process and the emotional and cognitive impact of forgiving those who have harmed or hurt us.  The research by Robert Enright, Everett Worthington and others indicate that forgiving can lead to less depression, less anxiety, less anger and greater esteem.  This workshop will present such research and provide the workshop participants the opportunity to role play being a therapist with clients experiencing depression, anxiety and prolonged anger.

Forgiveness from the Cinema

“The Process and Healing Power of Giving and Receiving Forgiveness”

Schedule:  8 Consecutive Weeks for 1.5 hours each week.

This workshop will focus on the following topics:

  1. What is Forgiveness?
  2. How do you do it?

In this exciting workshop, led by Dr. Mack Harnden, answers to these two questions will be discussed and answered.  Incorporated into this workshop will be a strong Biblical foundation, psychology research/practice, courageous examples of forgiving and a review of over 15 films that portray the theme of forgiveness (and unforgiveness) of those who have deeply hurt others. The variety of films will range from classics you love to movies you may not have seen (including Ordinary PeopleThe ChosenGone with the Wind , UnforgivenCity Slickers and Home Alone).