Frederic Luskin, PhD is the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects, a Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford and a Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. He has completed 10 successful research projects as the on the training and measurement of forgiveness therapy. Dr. Luskin’s research demonstrates that learning forgiveness leads to increased physical vitality, hope, greater self–efficacy, enhanced optimism and conflict resolution skills. His research also shows that forgiveness lessens the physical and emotional toll of stress, and decreases hurt, anger depression and blood pressure.
On three occasions he has successfully worked with men and women from both sides of the violence in Northern Ireland who have had family members killed. In addition he worked with 7 different groups of financial advisors after the stock market crash of 2000 to enhance their conflict resolution and stress management skills. The advisors in his groups show over the course of a year a 25% reduction in stress and a 20% increase in sales. Currently Dr. Luskin also serves as the Co Chair of the Garden of Forgiveness Projects at Ground Zero in Manhattan.
Dr. Luskin is the author of the San Francisco Bay Area best sellers Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love as well as Stress Free for Good. Dr. Luskin’s work has been featured in Time, O, Ladies Home Journal, U.S. News and World Reports, Parade, and Prevention as well as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, U.S.A. Today and the Wall Street Journal. In addition The Public Broadcasting System has made a pledge drive video of his teaching called Forgive for Good and he was recently featured in the PBS NOVA show “This Emotional Life”
Fred Luskin makes the distinction between justice, reconciliation, condoning and forgiveness. Forgiveness does not mean you condone the action. It doesn't mean you have to reconcile with or like the person who did it. He says that forgiveness is a skill that can be learned and he will describe tools and techniques we can use to transform our lives through the practice of forgiveness.