This day consist of presentations, discussions, guided meditations based on 'Absent fathers and forgiving in 3 directions'.
Date(s) 2nd November 2019 (Brighton) / 9th November 2019 (London)
Start time 10:00 am
End time 5:00 pm
Region South east
Cost £90 / £60 concessions
Email [email protected]


About this training

Forgiveness belongs within the psychoanalytic relationship.

Forgiveness can be described as follows; ” A psychological work in continuation of the labour of mourning, with the power to safe guard the gains of a successful mourning process. It is minimally defensive, developmentally progressive and unconsciously motivated (Siassi, 2007).

Meaningful paternal contact is critical for how we develop views about ourselves and how we deal with trauma. The legacy of an absent father can be characterised by accelerated sexual development, poor choice in partner, self-sabotage & destructive tendencies which stem from excessive anger, poor self-esteem and fear of success.  Forgiveness resets and reorients the cycles of self-blame, shame and hopelessness and encourages self-compassion, integration and self-nurturing behaviour.

Currently there is no official diagnosis of, or terminology for, an individual who is suffering from the effects of growing up without a father. Yet contemporary research and statistics demonstrate that it is an epidemic, and an issue that is escalating. It is critical that mental health practitioners are equipped with the skills to better inform their clinical practice in how to address paternal absence. Forgiveness needs to be understood as an option in treating patients in the clinical environment.

The Forgiveness Model

During the course of the day we will learn and adapt Robert Enwight stages of the forgiveness model in the absent fathers critica. Our model consists of 7 stages which include grounding, energy, insight or continuous awareness, sustainability, community, self care, and forgiveness.   to the unconscious dynamics of how we internalize our paternal objects, body work and guided meditations. The forgiveness model is a humanistic model that has been empirically validated by the American Psychological Association. It deals with uncovering anger, resentment and revenge. It also offers an opportunity for working through painful scarring, and reconfiguration our sense of self worth and values. Forgiveness is often complex and a very misunderstood tool which is of much public debate within psychological discourse.

In this workshop we present working material and tools to facilitate learning about the model and how to work within this framework within your related client base.

Venue address

2nd November – Friends Room, Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AF

9th November – St Mary’s Church, Putney, London SW15


To book these events, follow the above link to the Meditation Circle website or email William Fley directly.

Absent father sitting against tree

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