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Moral Injury and Pathways to Recovery Conference
May 29, 2019
Registration Open for Moral Injury and Pathways to Recovery Conference from May 29 to 31, 2019
Moral Injury Conference Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and The Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America are co-hosting the three-day Moral Injury and Pathways to Recovery Conference, which will take place at the University of Southern California from May 29 to 31, 2019.
This conference is for everyone, including clinicians, chaplains, community members, congregational leaders, veterans, families and consumers/clients, who want to learn more about moral injury, explore recovery strategies, and connect to others who care and want to help.
Los Angeles County staff, consumers/clients, family members & clergy/chaplains should contact Adrienne Hament at firstname.lastname@example.org before registering for discounted rates.
For more information about the conference and to register, please visit http://www.voa.org/register.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs defines moral injury as “the violation of what is right in high-stakes situations by a person with legitimate authority” and “a syndrome of shame, self-handicapping, anger and demoralization” resulting from experiences that challenge “deeply-held beliefs and expectations about moral and ethical conduct.” While moral injury first emerged in research on military veterans, anyone who works in high-stakes situations or who has endured trauma can experience it. When life offers dilemmas that deliver devastating consequences, moral injury can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. A crisis of conscience is a normal response to an experience of witnessing or inflicting harm that cannot be integrated into an existing moral system.