Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) offers patients and their loved ones a formal Forgiveness Education Program. The program explores the healing powers of forgiveness during cancer care, to help you be at peace with other things in your life so you can focus on healing.
When you first arrive at CTCA, you’ll have an opportunity to meet with a member of the pastoral care team to discuss your beliefs and assess your spiritual needs.
Part of this assessment is a spirituality questionnaire, which includes a series of questions related to religious struggles. This information helps us identify if you are struggling with forgiveness issues. If so, you may decide to address them through the program.
The Forgiveness Education Program focuses on your need to resolve a painful past through the healing of memories. Some highlights of the program include:
- Desire to forgive – addresses any issues of avoidance.
- Education – defines the terms and outlines the goals of forgiveness, as well as barriers to forgiveness.
- Internal reflection – introduces various treatment mechanisms, such as narrative therapy, exposure therapy, journaling and prayer.
The treatment mechanisms for forgiveness are often similar to interventions for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Forgiveness education may include written exercises designed to help you process your thoughts and feelings.