Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado is excited that Forgiving Others, Forgiving Ourselves is the book selected for the 2016 campaign. Authors Myra Warren Isenhart, PhD and Michael Spangle, PhD are from right here in our own state of Colorado and we are proud that they are doing such compelling work toward productive problem solving. Check out the book description from Amazon.com below and order your copy today!
“We have both witnessed the power of forgiveness as well as the devastating sense of loss that comes from withholding forgiveness. We invite you to journey with us as we explore all the dimensions of forgiveness, learning how to apply this gift to yourself and your life, as well as using it to guide others toward a happier, more peaceful existence.”
–from the Introduction
Everyone seeks forgiveness at some point in their lives―in families, from friends, in workplaces, in communities or from ourselves―but we often falter when we discover the practice takes more than simply saying or hearing “I forgive you.”
In this dynamic look at the process of forgiveness, conflict resolution experts Myra Warren Isenhart and Michael Spangle look at what is really keeping you from forgiving or seeking forgiveness. In addition to focusing on the soulful benefits of forgiveness, they also draw on insights from many fields―communication, psychology, counseling and theology, as well as their own original research―to explore the mental and emotional barriers in your path.
Learn how to:
- Make distinctions between forgiveness, apology and reconciliation
- Identify the conditions that make reconciliation appropriate or inappropriate
- Understand the elements of an effective apology
- Extend forgiveness to yourself
- Assist others in their own forgiveness journey
I am excited to share that I spent some of my 10 hours for Conflict Resolution Month creating a new conflict resolution curriculum component for our youth development program at cityWILD!
As part of our program students work on building their outdoor skills. To track the skills they have learned, we have a tiered system. Students can “level up” from basic to intermediate to advanced in a variety of outdoor skills. For example, if students are interested in rock climbing, they first earn a rock climbing “basic” that shows that they have the basic knowledge and skills to move on to intermediate climbing. They then earn their intermediate and ultimately their advanced, with the skill level and knowledge increasing at each level.
I duplicated that model this month and created a Conflict Resolution Basic and Intermediate that students can earn along with their outdoor skills. The basic checkoff card looks like this:
We’ll be adding a Conflict Resolution Advanced soon and hope to have all of our participating students earn their levels in Conflict Resolution this year!