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Monterey County Chapter 

Forgiveness Training for Therapists

  • 4 Oct 2019
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM (MST)
  • Monterey Tides Hotel, 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey CA 93940


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Monterey County Chapter of California Marriage and Family Therapists

2019 Biennial Conference

Forgiveness Training for Therapists

Learn How to Facilitate Effective and Powerful Forgiveness Conversations

Based on Emotionally Focused Therapy and Attachment Injury Repair Model

with Michelle Gannon, Ph.D. & Sam Jinich, Ph.D.

Friday, October 4, 2019, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Check in at 8:30am; program starts 9:00am; Adjournment at 4:30pm

6 CEUs & continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks included

Michelle and Sam lead Hold Me Tight Workshops for Couples and San Francisco Center for EFT (SFCEFT) Therapist Trainings and will join us again in Monterey for our Biennial Conference.

In all relationships we make mistakes and hurt those we love. As therapists, many of us struggle with how to truly help clients heal from painful attachment injuries and how to facilitate effective forgiveness conversations. Sam and Michelle will share a powerful day about Forgiveness based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and the Attachment Injury Repair Model (A.I.R.M), and we will learn through didactic instruction, experiential exercises, watching filmed examples, and role play opportunities. Their approach is positive, encouraging and safe.

Michelle Gannon, Ph.D. & Sam Jinich, Ph.D. teach in San Francisco, Tiburon, Esalen, Big Sur, and Internationally.

Teachings are appropriate for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. Healthcare professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe and define how the lack of emotionally supportive responsiveness at a moment of vulnerability and need leads to relationship injuries.

2. Deescribe a research-supported method of repair and forgiveness.

3. Describe the therapeutic steps that facilitate expressions of regret and forgiveness based on the Attachment Injury Repair Model (AIRM) and will be able to describe how and when to apply the steps to healing an attachment injury.

4. Demonstrate through role plays with other participants how to explore the experience of an injury with two individuals (couples, family members, business partners, friends or colleagues), how to set-up enactments to facilitate a heartfelt apology and increase the possibility for forgiveness based on the approach used in the Hold Me Tight Workshop and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).


Pre-licensed:  $100* 

Licensed MC-CAMFT Members: $160 

Allied Professionals:  $170 

Cost includes 6 CEs, continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. (For Psychologists and psychiatric nurses, the CE cost is $25 in addition to the price of registration. Please purchase CEs here AND make sure that you also register for the workshop.)

*For financial assistance information, contact Kristine Jensen prior to registration, (pre-licensed only)

"Michelle Gannon PhD and Sam Jinich PhD have done it again with their fabulous Forgiveness Training for Therapists workshop and what a day of Forgiveness it was!  From videos, handouts, evocative music and plenty of experiential exercises, I left with a new take on how to deepen into the smallest fissure in a relationship...or the largest ocean of betrayal in a way that shifted my take on Forgiveness forever. I've been doing Forgiveness and Repair/Rupture healing work for years and yet this training gave me permission to slow down and linger, and to go back even with couples and deepen into places that had some unspoken betrayals that were impacting connection.

 I hope this amazing duo can take their One Day Forgiveness Training for Therapists workshop on the road and share it with the universe as it was a rich experience of start to finish.
 Thanks Sam & Michelle!"

~ Margaret Petersen, LMFT; Pleasanton, CA

"Michelle & Sam's workshop on Forgiveness Training for Therapists struck just the right balance between didactic & experiential material. In addition to being enormously practical for its clinical application, their presentation also served as reminder that the much-needed deep conversation between hurt people can happen when we bring compassion to both parties and we make use of the guidelines for authentic apology. Both Sam & Michelle are warm & welcoming to participants & generous in the sharing of workshop materials. Beyond this, they bring a quality of humor & humanness to the presentation that conveys to participants: We are all in this together! Highly recommend to all!"

  ~ Kevin Russell, MFT; San Francisco, CA


"Michelle and Sam, once again, put on a very helpful workshop.  They strike a perfect balance between didactic teachings, video demonstrations and role plays. They create a climate of safety and warmth so we are better able to integrate the new information and they are accessible to questions and comments.  I recommend the Forgiveness Training for Therapists and any workshops or trainings that Michelle and Sam do together."

 ~ Jennifer Olden, MFT; Certified EFT Supervisor & Therapist, Sacramento, CA

"The Forgiveness Training for Therapists was very effective in guiding me through the process.  I feel more confident using the Attachment Injury Repair Model (A.I.R.M.) with my clients.  The experiential exercises and role plays also helped me personally to re-visit injuries with my spouse and to open and present to heal for even more love, connection and understanding.  Thank you and all the best to both of you."

~ Sheila Somers, LPC, Portland, Oregon

"If you have a chance to attend the Forgiveness Training for Therapists given by Dr. Michelle Gannon and Dr. Sam Jinich, just grab it! I had the pleasure to take part in it in my home country, the Netherlands.  Both trainers are experts in their fields with profound knowledge of various theoretical perspectives of forgiveness, they are very experienced EFT therapists and great teachers. What touched me the most were their authentic friendliness and real interest that made it easy to let my hair down both personally and professionally.  And this is the best way to learn! Thank you, Michelle and Sam!"

~ Ingeborg Weser,  The Netherlands

"I found Michelle Gannon’s and Sam Jinich’s Forgiveness Training for Therapists helpful and powerful. It is a carefully articulated road map for therapists with powerful exercises to help couples more deeply understand their own hurt and pain and the pain of the partner who hurt them. The Forgiveness Conversation guides couples through six steps from sharing hurt vulnerably without blame, to partners empathizing and taking responsibility, to comforting each other and creating a new narrative. The role plays we did helped us understand and experience what all couples go through when we hurt each other and what powerful learning experiences forgiveness provides. The Forgiveness Conversation will be a huge help in my practice with couples, and a powerful tool when couples are “stuck”. I thank Michelle and Sam for yet another great learning experience."

~ Lynne Henderson, Ph.D.Berkeley

"The training went far beyond my original expectations.  Not only did I, as expected, learn tools to use in my ministry/practice, but just today, in a staff meeting, I was presented a complaint about my style of response from a co-worker and realized that I'd learned something in the forgiveness workshop, because after one or two less effective mending attempts, I reached for authenticity and dropped my defensiveness and my forgiveness tools 'kicked in'.  My newly found skills from the workshop were evident when they specifically said, "I will accept that apology, thank you"  ...and this was within a week of the workshop!  The results of the techniques learned have also proved most beneficial in my relationships at home with my spouse and daughter."

~ Rev. Ben MeyersSan Francisco

"I can’t speak highly enough about the Forgiveness Training for Therapists workshop of Sam Jinich, PhD and Michelle, Gannon, PhD. There is a misleading aphorism floating around in the general culture that love in never having to say you are sorry. But if love is to thrive, given we all at times do things that hurt or disappoint the other, we need to say we are sorry and mean it and express it in a manner that reaches deep into the other so they can overcome their hurt and forgive us. This process of healing and repairing is at the center of this wonderful workshop. Sam and Michelle have put together a wonderful mix of engaging talks, role-plays, video clips, and music in presenting their Attachment Injury Repair Model (AIRM) that they so skillfully teach. I am confidant that whether you are a seasoned therapist or one just beginning, you will find their work of great value and of immediate applicability."

~ David Glick, LMFTFairfax, California


Contact Judy Masliyah at or 831-649-3326


Please Note: Certificates of completion will be awarded at the completion of the workshop to those who attend the workshop in its entirety, sign in and out, and complete the course evaluation form.

MC-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  Provider# 050097.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals

·       CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SRCR) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

·       The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association. 

·       LCSWs, MFTs and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.

·       SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. 

·       For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendence, contact Pamela Hughes from Monterey County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists at For questions about CE, visit or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE

Refund Policy: You may cancel for a full refund up to 15 days in advance of the event, or a 50% refund between 5 and 14 days in advance of the event. No refunds or cancellations within 4 days of the event or for no show or failure to attend due to emergencies. Unused funds cannot be applied to future workshops. Direct all refund requests  to Susan West: If the event is cancelled for any reason, you will receive a full refund. By registering for the event, you agree to the terms of the Refund Policy.

The Monterey County Chapter of the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists (MC-CAMFT)  is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 

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