Healing from Moral Injury

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  •  June 16, 2023
     7:00 pm CDT - 9:00 pm CDT

Held via Zoom
Charles Small, LCSW
CEUs: 2

“Moral Injury” describes the impact of an event or events experienced by an individual which challenges his or her most cherished and deeply held moral beliefs, convictions, and values.  These individuals often refer to the impact of these events as “shattering [their] moral compass”. This can lead to significant problems in their ability to function in daily life including depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, and suicide.  Moral Injury is often seen in individuals who are diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but it can also be considered a distinct emotional disorder and “soul wound” that requires careful attention and intervention.

This presentation will focus on the important role that therapists can play in helping individuals who are struggling with Moral Injury. It will include 1) an evidence-based technique for exploring morally injurious experiences and the beliefs that emerge from them, 2) ways of holding space for those suffering from Moral Injury, and 3) self-care strategies for those who compassionately witness the stories of those struggling with Moral Injury.

About the Instructor
Charles graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a BA in Religious Studies and a Master’s Degree in Social Work.  The clinical focus for much of his career has been treating individuals who have experienced trauma and those diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  He also has extensive experience working with veterans of the US Armed Forces, particularly around issues of combat-related PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, and moral injury.  He has had the privilege of serving veterans as a clinician within the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as the Road Home Program: Center for Veterans and their Families at Rush University Medical Center.  Charles is a lecturer at Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy & Practice, at the University of Chicago where he teaches courses on Social Work with Veterans, as well as Evidence-Based Therapies for Treating Trauma in Adults.  From 2018-2022, Charles saw clients in private practice.  In October 2022, Charles joined the TREAT Lab at Rush University Medical Center as a research therapist developing and improving the delivery of intensive evidence-based therapies to treat PTSD.  In his free time, Charles enjoys training, competing in, and coaching Brazilian Jiujitsu.

*Program CEUs are an additional $15 processing fee. Please note that the current CEU processing time is around 3-4 weeks.



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