James Madison University

The Art of Forgiveness: Writing as a Form of Letting Go

Tuesday June 25, 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
6 NBCC hours
Miller Hall, Room 2191

Presenter: Lisa Ellison, Ed.S.

In this six-hour training, participants will work through a specific model for exploring forgiveness, learn to identify where clients may struggle within this model, and practice a variety of writing exercises that can be used with individuals or groups to develop forgiveness as a lifelong practice. 

Learning Objectives:

As a result of engaging in this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop a clear understanding of what forgiveness is and the misconceptions about it.
  2. Understand the stages of forgiveness and the obstacles to moving forward.
  3. Learn to identify where clients are within this continuum.
  4. Practice targeted writing exercises that can help clients express complicated feelings and develop a forgiveness practice that can be used to move through current and future challenges

Presenter Information:

Lisa Ellison has an Ed.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from James Madison University. She has 10 years teaching experience in the areas of writing and literacy across the lifespan and currently teaches classes in memoir, personal writing, creative nonfiction, and storytelling as well as retreats on grief, forgiveness, and joy through WriterHouse. Her essays have been published in The Kenyon Review, Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Streetlight, Gravel Literary Journal, and The Rusty Nail.