The Professional Training

“It is not necessarily true that emotional healing has to take a very long time. An effective process for forgiveness is the key.” —Dr. Edith Stauffer, PhD

“The experience of facilitating true forgiveness for a client is profound and inspiring! We use a reliable method to produce an ever-fresh miracle: the palpable release of a heavy emotional burden and the liberation of the shining human spirit.” —Mary Hayes Grieco


The Freedom of Forgiveness for Counseling Professionals
One-day Training – 6 Continuing Education Units

This day-long course is intended to introduce the counseling professional to a model of holistic psychological health and an effective method for accomplishing forgiveness that is one of the most useful tools for therapy available today. You will:

  • review current research linking forgiveness with stress reduction
  • learn the Psychosynthesis Model of psychological health and wholeness
  • learn The Eight Steps of forgiving another and the steps of self forgiveness
  • understand how forgiveness brings healing into a family system
  • learn how this forgiveness method accelerates recovery and helps to prevent relapse.
  • develop strategies for applying the eight steps of forgiveness in a clinical practice.

The course material reflects the connection between spirituality and emotional healing but the content is inclusive and non-denominational. We will discuss how to incorporate these concepts appropriately in a secular setting.

This program has been designed to meet continuing education requirements for psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, chemical dependency counselors, licensed massage therapists, and nurses. It has been previously accredited in Minnesota by the Boards of Psychology, Social Work, and Marriage and Family Therapy.


  • 8:00 – 8:30 : Registration and coffee
  • 8:30 – 10:30 : Introductions, overview of model, tools, and review of current research
  • Break
  • 10:45 – 12:15 : The Eight Steps of Forgiving Another
  • Lunch 
  • 1:15 – 1:30 : Psychosynthesis disidentification exercise
  • 1:30 – 3:00 : Demonstration of technique and Q&A
  • 3:15 – 4:30 : Applications of eight steps in clinical practice

This course is presented by Mary Hayes Grieco and one or two of her cohorts on The Midwest Institute Professional Training Team:

  • Dr. Kate Pfaffinger PhD, LP, RN
  • Mary Conner,MA LP
  • Linda LaBarre, MA, LPC

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What People Are Saying About This Workshop

Here’s what mental health leaders say about this one day training

“Mary was fabulous – she is a gifted and inspiring presenter with a wealth of knowledge. In the training she presented for the European Branch of the American Counseling Association, our members gained valuable skills to use in their counseling practices. It was a very enriching experience, personally and professionally, and I am using my new knowledge already.”
—Frankie Nielsen, Ed.D.
Past President, (European Branch) American Counseling Association

“This program exceeded my expectations in terms of content, practicality, and it’s relevance to working with people in recovery. Mary Hayes Grieco is a gifted teacher, grounded in a depth and breadth of psychological and spiritual insight — and her use of language brings her ideas to life!”
—Elene Loecher
Counseling Staff, Hazelden Renewal Center

“What a simple way to make changes and become peaceful! I have worked for so long trying to help people with forgiveness and indeed apply it to my own life, and so I participated enthusiastically in Mary’s training. She taught simple, powerful tools and ideas I had not heard of before. I recommend this training.”
—Sr. Eileen Fahey
Founder, Aiseiri Treatment Center Tipperary, Republic of Ireland

More comments from participants about this unique professional training

This workshop was the best! I loved how it brought the spiritual component alive in counseling, and I believe that’s how real healing takes place.

This conference far exceeded my expectations and hopes. I plan to use this method with my clients who are ready, as soon as possible.

Wonderful – I plan on using this method right away. I appreciate the balance of the logical and the spiritual. It was very helpful to have a specific and identifiable process to use both personally and clinically.

This is the best program I’ve attended in the seven years I’ve been doing therapy – I am hungry for more – it was just GREAT.

I came here to use this for others in my field of social work, but I came out with so much more for myself. I believe I have more to offer others since I received it within myself first.

As a pastor, I really appreciated 1) the steps, 2) helping people cultivate the ground for forgiveness, and 3) the spiritual aspects.

I liked the science (empirical studies on forgiveness, the clinical examples, the theory, and the demo) — all an excellent integration of the materials.

The experiential piece was so helpful – it shows that it’s do-able.

This program exceeded my expectations – it was very meaningful for me personally and for my practice. Thank you!

… and about Mary Hayes Grieco and her team

The presenters were warm, authentic, real, and knowledgeable. They made the day fun.

Mary and her team helped everyone to feel safe enough to do emotional work.

Appreciated their humanness, depth of being, and good sense of humor.

This team presents the day together with synergy and with LOVE!