Oct. 30 webinar to address issues with moral injury, mental health

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Family and Community Health unit’s Texas Military Program will host a monthly webinar titled, “Moral Injury and Killing in Combat: Research and Clinical Implications.”

Moral injury is where individuals are exposed to traumatic events that violate their moral values and lead to severe distress and functional impairments.

The webinar will be from 10-11 a.m. Oct. 30. The program is free and open to the public. For those needing them, it will offer continuing education credits for social work, licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist and case manager.

“This presentation will begin by defining moral injury and describing a theoretical model that highlights some of the key aspects of moral injury,” said Rachel Brauner, AgriLife Extension program specialist in College Station. “Killing in war will be described as one example of a potentially morally injurious event that can cause mental health and functional difficulties.”

Shira Maguen, Ph.D., mental health director of the Post-9/11 Integrated Care Clinic and staff psychologist on the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Health Care System, will be the presenter. She is also a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine.

Following the presentation, participants will be able to:

– Define moral injury and describe its mental health and functional impact.

– Explain the differences between moral injury and post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

– Summarize a causal framework for moral injury.

– Describe the relationship between moral injury and survivor’s guilt.

Brauner said assessment and treatment of moral injury will be described, and potential directions in moral injury research will be highlighted.

To join the session or for more information, go to https://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/52236/.

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