MHCCF Meeting - Helping Clients Do Forgiveness Work

  • Friday, October 21, 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • All Saints Church, 338 E Lyman Ave, Winter Park, FL


This meeting will be held in the Mary Martha Parlor on the All Saints Church grounds. See map below:


8:30-9 a.m. - Networking and Registration

9 a.m. - Announcements and Introductions

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Speaker


SPEAKER:  W. Bryce Hagedorn, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

UCF Department of Child, Family, and Community Sciences

TOPIC: Helping Clients Do Forgiveness Work



Attendees will (a) examine the sources of emotional wounds, (b) explore the processes whereby clients create grievances, (c) discuss the most common maladaptive coping mechanisms, and (d) learn how to lower client resistance to engage in forgiveness work.

Emotional wounds are inevitable in our encounters with others, and when left unaddressed, maladaptive coping mechanisms often result in destructive behaviors. Unfortunately, both clients and counselors resist engaging in the process of forgiveness. If we fail to accurately assess client readiness, clients can push back against our best efforts in helping them to release resentment and regret. Similarly, many counselors overlook the need for engaging clients in forgiveness work and as a result find their clinical efforts to be ineffective. This presentation will address the process of resistance, will explore ways to assess for client readiness, and will offer entry points to engage clients in forgiveness work. 

Dr. Bryce Hagedorn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Master Addiction Counselor, and a qualified Clinical Supervisor for the state of Florida. Currently serving as the Program Director of Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, he has served on a variety of state, regional, and national organizations dedicated to addictions, spirituality, and counseling. Over the past 17 years, Dr. Hagedorn has worked in a variety of clinical settings, to include private practice, community mental health clinics, inpatient/outpatient hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, and college counseling centers in the areas of his specialty, which are chemical and process addictions. A nationally and internationally recognized speaker and author, Dr. Hagedorn has written over 50 articles and book chapters, has presented over 200 times at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels, and is the co-author of the book titled Counseling Addicted Families.

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