Forgiveness, It’s Not What You Think! – Clair Canfield, PhD

Feb 7, 2024

The idea of forgiveness is central to many faith traditions. However, when it comes to knowing how to forgive, many of us have barriers that exist because of common misunderstandings and myths that surround forgiveness. This workshop will help you to develop awareness of how you currently conceptualize forgiveness, recognize common barriers that block us, and identify how you can unlock the gifts that forgiveness can provide when we understand the process. It was not long after he got married that Clair began to realize that he was terrible at dealing with conflict. During that time as an undergraduate at Weber State University he began to explore communication studies courses to try and find new ways of dealing with his conflicts rather than just trying to avoid them. He also felt a call towards teaching so after graduation he taught as an adjunct for two years before going back to school for his Masters Degree. He attended the University of Montana where he continued exploring his interest in topics related to communication and conflict such as the forgiveness process. While pursuing a doctoral degree from the University of Utah, Clair also completed a graduate certificate program in conflict resolution. Clair is the founder of Canfield Conflict & Collaboration Consulting and has now been teaching, training, and consulting for over 22 years. He has been at Utah State University for 9 years and is a senior lecturer in the Communication Studies and Philosophy department. He lives in Perry with his wife and three daughters. One of those daughters is partially responsible for his reputation as the “hair-pretties guy” from a story told during his TEDx talk at USU that has now been viewed on YouTube over 450,000 times. Clair is passionate about the possibilities that the forgiveness process has to help us deal with the damage that can sometimes come from unhealthy conflict.

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