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Programs and Events
Moral Injury Recovery in the Aftermath of COVID is for chaplains, clergy, and spiritual care providers who want to learn more about moral injury and experience strategies for supporting recovery in congregations, communities, or workplaces. It is a one-day course being offered multiple times. Register by course date (trainings are from 12 to 8:30 pm Eastern):
Military Moral Injury monthly webinar series by The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, co-sponsored by Volunteers of America.
- December 8, 2021: "Moral Injury in the Aftermath of Afghanistan"
- January 12, 2022: "Military Moral Injury through a Societal Frame: What Difference does this Make?"
Recordings of past co-sponsored webinars with the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School will be posted here:
- Fostering Expressions of Lament and Bearing Witness with those experiencing Military Moral Injury (April 2021)
- Caring for Muslim Servicepersons and Veterans Experiencing Moral Injury (March 2021)
- Women, Military Sexual Trauma, and Moral Injury: Stand Up Speak Up (February 2021)
- Dementia Care for Aging Veterans affected by Moral Injury (January 2021) and Powerpoint handout
- Moral Injury among Medical and Spiritual Caregivers in Civilian, Military, and VA Hospitals (December 2020) and Powerpoint handout
- The Implications of the Pandemic for Moral Injury in Veterans (November 2020)
The Center has hosted webinars on resilience and moral injury on a bi-weekly basis during the pandemic in 2020.
- Moral Resilience for Criminal Justice Workers During COVID-19
- Moral Resilience for Spiritual Leaders During COVID-19
- Resilience Strength Time (ReST) Program Facilitators
- Moral Resilience in Pastoral Care Workers During COVID-19
- Moral Resilience for Social Service Workers During COVID-19
- Moral Resilience for Medical Workers During COVID-19
- Moral Resilience for Nurses During COVID-19
Peer Support Conversations
The Center is training facilitators to offer online group conversations about moral distress and moral injury to veterans and medical workers. When preparations are completed, a schedule of conversation opportunities will be posted here.
Resilience Strength Time (ReST)
ReST is online peer support to help front line care workers stay resilient and maintain positive commitments to the field of caregiving. Confidential, small group sessions facilitated by trained peers provide the opportunity for sharing, reflection and self-care to relieve moral distress.
Hope for Moral Injury
Resilience Strength Training or RST: A New Program for Military Veterans
RST is a program that helps military veterans process moral injury and other difficult life experiences that interfere with their ability to thrive and have satisfying lives. The evidence-based pilot project, funded by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, processed a total of 95 veterans in Los Angeles and New York City. The first group met in early November 2017 and the last group took its last survey at the end of October 2019. Research results will be published in 2020.
Plans are underway to expand the use of RST to new populations and, as funding is secured, we will announce new plans via our newsletter. In addition, the Shay Moral Injury Center has teams of facilitators and program staff who are available to help operate groups. If your organization is interested in trying the RST program with veterans in your area, contact Rita Nakashima Brock, PhD, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past National Conferences