This presentation will review several theoretical models of forgiveness, from both the clinical and the spiritual professions. An integrated approach will enhance both traditions. Clinical aspects of forgiveness touch upon the fringes of spiritual elements in the same way that Pastoral Counseling requires an understanding of clinical aspects of the process of Forgiveness. Spiritual aspects of this session will not use religious piety as a source and may be used by both theists and non-theists.
Dr. Reading holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling as well as two Masters' degrees from both Catholic and Protestant Seminaries. He is a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Paterson, NJ. He is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in NJ where he also Chairs the State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners and the Alcohol and Drug Counselor (Licensing) Committee. He has taught addiction studies at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels. He is President-Elect of INCASE (International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education).