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November 16, 2008 Guest – Everett Worthington

Everett Worthington, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has been on the faculty since 1978. He is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published 17 books and over 150 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, marriage, and family topics. The most recent books are Five Steps to Forgiveness: The Art and Science of Forgiving (Crown Publishers, 2001) and Hope-focused Marriage Counseling (InterVarsity Press, 1999).

He directs “A Campaign for Forgiveness Research” (, which seeks to raise money to support research into forgiving. He was founding editor of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal. He has spoken internationally at conferences and universities in Brazil, South Africa, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, and Canada. He considers his mission as "to bring forgiveness into every willing heart, home, and homeland." Committed to teaching, he has previously served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology, Director of Training of VCU's APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program, and Director of VCU's MidLife Counseling Services. He has also been committed to public teaching, through public speaking, videotape and magazine writing, and working with media to educate people widely about forgiveness and reconciliation. He has made over 250 appearances in different media. Television appearances include Good Morning America, The Iyanla Show, The Leeza Show, CNN, The 700 Club, and others.


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