Episode 7: Trauma, the Body, & Forgiveness With Jon-Paul DeLange

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In this episode, Dr. Jennifer Griggs interviews Jon-Paul DeLange, a high performance and radical forgiveness coach who works with veterans who have experienced trauma. They discuss trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multi-generational trauma, failures in leadership, and forgiveness. Jon-Paul shares his personal experiences with trauma and the importance of recognizing and healing from it. They also explore the different types of forgiveness and the role of somatic experiencing in the healing process.

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Jon-Paul DeLange – Website

Episode Resources

More information about Somatic Experiencing and Peter Levine.


  • Trauma is not only about the incident itself, but about what’s happening in the body right now because of what was experienced.
  • Multi-generational trauma occurs when the pain and trauma of one generation is passed on to the next, often unknowingly.
  • In this conversation, Jon-Paul describes three types of forgiveness: traditional forgiveness, extraordinary forgiveness, and radical forgiveness. Radical forgiveness focuses on becoming whole in the present moment.
  • Somatic experiencing is a body-based trauma treatment that helps individuals become more present in the present moment and heal from trauma.
  • There is a need for better public policy and awareness around trauma, especially in the military, to support the mental well-being of individuals and prevent further harm.


00:00 Introduction
06:44 Understanding Trauma and Its Categories
31:52 The Need for Better Public Policy and Awareness
38:09 The Three Types of Forgiveness
45:12 Conclusion

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