Pathways Conference 2018

Promoting Forgiveness:

Help others walk through the process of forgiveness.


Led by Everett L. Worthington, Jr., PH.D., this workshop is designed to help participants understand forgiveness in a Christian context, in particular from a scientific understanding of the powerful benefits of forgiveness on our physical and mental health. Participants will be equipped to guide clients through the process of forgiveness using the REACH Forgiveness Model (Recall the the hurt, Empathize, Altruistic gift, Committing, and Hold onto forgiveness). This five-step process has been tested with positive results in more than 20 controlled scientific studies. Additionally, Dr. Worthington will walk through the modes of delivery for this model, including psychotherapy, couple enrichment therapy, group interventions, and individually contextualized interventions like do-it-yourself workbooks and online administration. 


DATE: Friday, September 21, 2018

TIME: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM (Registration from 8:00 – 8:30 AM)

LOCATION: Samford University, Sullivan-Cooney Family Field House, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209

CATEGORY: Entry Level/Intermediate

TARGET AUDIENCE: Professional Counselors

COST: $75 General Admission, $50 Student Rate, $25 Additional to receive CE credits // 6 CE Credits are available

REGISTRATION: Register here on our Eventbrite page! Seating is limited. *Refund Policy: Due to limited seating, no refunds will be give once tickets are purchased.

PARKING: Upon arriving on campus, look for "Social Work Event" signage that will direct you to park in the South Stadium Multi-Use Lot (West Village). A parking pass and campus map will be emailed to you prior to the day of the conference. The pass will need to be placed in the front of your dashboard. The parking lot is adjacent to the Sullivan-Cooney Field House. Look for signage on the exterior door of the building to guide you inside and up to the 3rd floor. 




Participants will be able to:

01 | Define two types of forgiveness and differentiate them from reconciliation.

02 | Use five steps to REACH forgiveness to help oneself and other forgive.

03 | Use six steps to self-forgiveness to help oneself and others forgive themselves for things they have done or ways they have fallen short of their own expectations.

04 | Identify at least give way that forgiveness could be used within a practice of counseling and psychotherapy. 



Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D., is Commonwealth Professor Emeritus working from the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Everett was counseling couples when he first became interested in the concept of forgiveness, and he began studying the topic scientifically in 1990. Since then, he has been a leader in the field of forgiveness research. 

After the murder of his mother in 1996, Everett began thinking about how the practice of forgiveness relates to justice, faith, and virtue—a main theme of his recent work. While he forgave the murderer, as did his brother and sister, the emotional fallout was devastating, and in 2005, his brother committed suicide. In addition to studying forgiveness of others, Everett drew on his own feelings of guilt and self-condemnation, and added the study of self-forgiveness to his interests.

He continues to be active in research and speaking around the world. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published over 37 books and over 400 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, humility positive psychology, marriage, and family topics and religion and spirituality. He also has developed the REACH Forgiveness model (see and other positive psychological interventions.


To register, visit our Eventbrite registration page here.


Pathways Professional Counseling (Provider #0556) is an approved CE provider through the Alabama State Board of Social Worker Examiners. Pathways Professional Counseling is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM # 6679) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


Please contact Pathways Professional Counseling at 205.945.0037 if you have questions related to CE Credits.

Organizers reserve the right to change speakers and/or topics due to unforeseen circumstances.

Contact Lisa Keane for grievances, concerns, or special accommodations at 205.945.0037 or