Saturday 3rd March, 2018
Dr Adrian Sutton
Director, Squiggle Foundation
Revd. Andrew de Smet
Forgiveness is a core theme in the discourse of conflict management & resolution, and peace & reconciliation. Its presence or absence has a profound significance for individuals, their communities and systems to promote justice. This paper will explore some key psychodynamic issues to highlight the complexity of forgiveness as a personal and interpersonal construct. To what extent can it be considered a personal state of being, an interpersonal exchange or a societal imperative? What part do individual’s maturational/reparative processes play and what part experiences in, or injunctions from, the outside world? Dare we consider the possibility that conceptualisations which present forgiveness as a personal choice could re-traumatise the traumatised?
Dr Adrian Sutton is Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at Gulu University, Northern Uganda and Senior Teaching Fellow, Manchester Medical School and Research Fellow, Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester. He was Consultant in Child & Family Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Winnicott Centre, Manchester from 1986-2009.
Revd. Andrew de Smet (BACP) is the Archbishop of York’s Adviser and Co-ordinator of Pastoral Care.
Cost: Full fee £50, Concessionary fee (students) £40