Dr. Robert Enright holds the Aristotelian Professorship in Forgiveness Science within the Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin- Madison. He is a licensed psychologist, and founder of the International Forgiveness Institute, a non-proﬁt organization dedicated to disseminating knowledge about forgiveness and community renewal through forgiveness.
Robert is the ﬁrst to publish a scientiﬁc study on the topic of person-to-person forgiveness, in 1989. He was also the first to publish research on forgiveness therapy, in 1993, as he developed the 20-step “Process Model of Forgiving.” He has been called "the forgiveness trailblazer" by Time magazine. Dr. Enright is the author or editor of eight books and over 190 publications centered on social development and the psychology of forgiveness. One of those books, Forgiveness is a Choice: A Step by Step Process for Resolving and Restoring Hope, is the topic of today's program.
Dr. Enright’s latest endeavors include forgiveness education for students in various world communities (for example, Israel, Monrovia, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, and Taiwan) and forgiveness therapy with those in correctional institutions. For his innovative research on forgiveness, he received in 2022 what the American Psychological Association calls “psychology’s highest awards,” the APF Gold Medal Award for Impact in Psychology.
Host Donald Altman
Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a psychotherapist, international mindfulness expert and award-winning author of over 20 books translated worldwide. Featured as an expert in The Mindfulness Movie and profiled in the Living Spiritual Teachers Project, he currently writes Psychology Today’s Practical Mindfulness Blog. Donald has taught mindfulness to over 15,000 health care and business professionals.
Donald's new spiritual adventure novel, Travelers, received a 2023 Indie Book Awards for First Novel and General Fiction. His best-selling The Mindfulness Toolbox won two national publishing Ben Franklin IPBA awards as best book in both the Psychology and Mind-Body-Spirit categories. Clearing Emotional Clutter and The Mindfulness Code, were both chosen as “One of the Best Spiritual Books of the Year” by Spirituality & Practice.