Moral Injury

When May 31, 2019
from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Shelby Campus, Burhans Hall, 23LL
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502.852.4769
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Using published and yet-to-be published empirical, experiential and practice data, this presentation will help participants better understand the holistic and existential needs of returning combat Veterans. While the target audience is advanced clinical social workers, this material is relevant to anyone who might work with the military or Veteran population or their families. This presentation will explore this phenomenon, discuss the challenges of a differential diagnosis, and introduce an emerging construct, Moral Injury, as a possible confounding variable in this process. Emerging transformational models and evidence-based interventions will also be discussed.

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Presenter: LeAnn E. Bruce, PhD, LCSW, MVF-CSW
LeAnn Bruce, PhD, LCSW, serves as the National Program Manager for the Veterans Health Administration's Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program. In this role, she oversees the implementation and integration of programs and services across the VA's healthcare system to serve veterans and their families. Dr. Bruce began her social work career in community mental health where she had the opportunity to serve all ages and settings including schools, nursing homes, hospitals, crisis centers, and correctional facilities. She has dedicated her career to assisting Veterans and their families' navigate through their unique challenges from a trauma-informed perspective. It was in working with the Military and Veteran families that she first became interested in the topic of Moral Injury and Moral Distress. She completed her doctoral work at the University of Louisville in Dec. 2016 with her dissertation, Assessing Moral Injury and Existential Well-Being in Returning Servicemembers. Strongly committed to supporting and furthering the profession of social work, Dr. Bruce serves as an officer of the Association of VA Social Workers and as adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University, where she teaches, among other courses, Military Social Work.


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