Research that investigates how the arts has helped in the process of forgiveness will be presented. Interviews were held with participants who used the arts in their process of forgiveness after suffering life impacting offenses. This study identifies themes that indicate specifically how the arts helped in the process toward a restored a sense of inner peace. Key findings from forgiveness literature will be presented and implications for practice will be discussed.
Darlene Kuehn is a PhD Candidate in expressive arts therapy at Lesley University researching the arts and forgiveness. She has 20 years of experience working in many settings including psychiatric wards, secure treatment for youth, addictions and community programs, and private practice. Darlene is a clinical supervisor for a master of arts in counselling program. She consults and provides training for clinicians in community programs in Ottawa.