Moral Injury and Combat Veterans: The Unspoken Injury

When Sep 21, 2018
from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Where Shelby Campus
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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.


As a result of attending the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • be able to define the construct of moral injury as it relates to the post-combat military and veteran population
  • be able to identify societal and clinical indicators of Failure to Reintegrate
  • be able to describe the 4-phase Stress-induced Existential Transformation model
  • be able to identify and describe the three foundation models from Viktor Frankls' Logotherapy methodlogy (holistic framework, existential vacuum, meaning-making).

Presenter: LeAnn E. Bruce, PhD, LCSW, MVF-CSW

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