OSL Online Conference Calls

Teaching and Encouragement for Healing Ministry

A Healing Conversation with

Kathy Belicki, PhD MTS

Professor of Psychology Emeritus

Brock University, St. Catharines, ON





Forgiveness Made Easier

By Understanding How Memory Works

May 22, 2022

This talk will build on the primer given on April 18, 2021.

The main concepts discussed then will be reviewed and a few new ones introduced. However, most of the talk will consider in more breadth and depth how understanding the processes and experience of memory, especially memory for trauma, facilitates empathy, forbearance, forgiveness, and healing—both for ourselves and for others.

Join the call May 22


Previous Recordings

April 18, 2021 Memory for Trauma: A Primer

Something Different

This talk is a little different from our usual OSL talks that focus on response to illness; this instead is more about prevention of negative outcomes. Understanding memory, in general and memory for trauma, in particular, can help us develop empathy for others—and for ourselves. Empathy, in turn, increases forbearance and forgiveness. In contrast, misunderstandings about memory can cause conflict and pain. So having a sound understanding of memory is like having a psychological vitamin: something that helps promote well-being and healing before problems develop.

One of the miraculous capacities God has given us is the ability to remember, whether it be the events of our lives, facts we need to know, or what muscles to activate so that we can stand without toppling over. The processes involved in memory are extraordinarily complex and these complexities come into sharp focus when we consider memory for trauma.
 In the last two decades this topic has been so contentious it has been called the Memory War.  This talk will equip you to understand the curious characteristics of our own and others’ traumatic memories so that we can support one another and navigate some of the difficult circumstances that can arise when people’s memories differ.

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 For Kathy's Testimony of Divine Guidance click here



April 16, 2017 - Forgiving the Way Jesus Forgives

What did Jesus Mean When He Said We Must Forgive?

Practical Advice on Forgiving Jesus’ Way

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Ask 10 people what it means to forgive and you will get 10 different answers, some of which may surprise, even shock you. There are many ways to forgive—many forms or “types” of forgiveness—but not all bring healing.  

This talk builds on Dr. Melody Stancil’s October 2016 teleconference in which she taught how forgiveness can lead to better physical, mental, and spiritual health. 

Dr. Kathy Belicki is professor Emeritus at Brock University, long-standing OSL member, co-founder of the Brock Forgiveness Research Group, was co-planner and host of the Comfort and Hope conferences.

One of her research priorities was to identify different forms of forgiveness, and to study how these relate to emotions and quality of relationships. She has found that certain forms of forgiveness have a positive impact, while others have no effect or even a negative impact. It is the forms of forgiveness that are most similar to the forgiveness Jesus teaches that have the positive outcomes that translate to better health in body, mind, and soul.


In this teleconference, Kathy talks about the different ways that people forgive and will compare each of these to Jesus’ teaching. She will then offer practical advice on how to forgive the way Jesus forgives.



Kathy Belicki now spends her days writing and doing public speaking 



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