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PDV 13 W — Forgive for Good

Quarter: Spring
Course Format: Online (System Requirements)
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Apr 2—May 25
Drop Deadline: Apr 5
Unit: 1
Tuition: $470
Instructor(s): J. Farr, Frederic Luskin
Limit: 40
Status: Open
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 4/5 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 4/10 at 5:00 pm (PT). 
Apr 2—May 25
8 weeks
Drop By
Apr 5
1 Unit
J. Farr, Frederic Luskin
Please Note: Online courses have a new refund policy. The full tuition refund deadline for this course is 4/5 at 5:00 pm (PT); 50% tuition refund deadline is 4/10 at 5:00 pm (PT). 
The secular push for forgiveness emerged with the field of positive psychology, where, since the late 1990s, research has demonstrated that forgiveness can be taught and is effective in promoting physical and mental health. The results from the Stanford Forgiveness Project show that interpersonal forgiveness leads to decreased anger, depression, blood pressure, stress, and hurt, as well as increased hope, physical vitality, and self-confidence. In this online course, we will explore forgiveness from a biological, psychological, and social perspective. We will reflect upon the need for forgiveness in our own lives, and through guided practice in the methods developed through the Stanford Forgiveness Project, we will work with one of the few forgiveness methodologies that has been successfully subjected to scientific examination. We will explore the process of self-forgiveness, which, like forgiveness of others, has been associated with decreased anger and depression as well as increased positive emotion and well-being.


  • Course sizes are limited.
    You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 40 participants.

  • Frequent interaction with the instructor.
    You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.

  • Study with a vibrant peer group.
    Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.

  • Direct feedback from the instructor.
    Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.

  • Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
    Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.

  • This course is offered through Stanford Continuing Studies.
    To learn more about the program, visit our About Us page. For more information on the online format, please visit the FAQ page.

J. Farr, Online Course Designer, Resilience Experts

J. Goodman Farr has taught a university online course on forgiveness for the past decade. She founded the Applied Positive Psychology undergraduate certificate program at the University of Utah, where she received an MEd in educational psychology.

Frederic Luskin, Director, Stanford Forgiveness Project

Frederic Luskin is a lecturer in wellness education at the Stanford School of Medicine. He is the author of the bestselling books Forgive for Good and Forgive for Love. Luskin received a PhD in counseling and health psychology from Stanford.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Luskin, Forgive for Good (ISBN 978-0062517210)