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Healing Soul Wounds: Moral Injury in Combat Vets and Other Professions

November 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Course Description

Moral injury is the term used for the emotional and spiritual wounds of combat veterans when under difficult circumstances, they violate their own moral code or witness this violation. Some public service providers, such as health care professionals, teachers, firefighters and police officers, also experience moral injury. This workshop will cover how moral injury happens and will describe pathways for healing moral injury.

Course Objectives

  • Define the term “moral injury”
  • Describe the circumstances that lead to moral injury.
  • List several pathways to healing from moral injury
  • List resources for service members, veterans, and their families.
  • Describe the concept of moral injury as it relates to experiences of medical personnel, social workers, police officers, firefighters, teachers and other service professions.


Rev. Dr. Beverly Prestwood-Taylor

Dr. Prestwood-Taylor has worked with veterans and military families for over 14 years, particularly in resilience building and moral injury.

Kevin Lambert

Kevin has worked in the Human Services field for 15 years. He has provided direct services, program development, program management, and numerous trainings on the topics of the transition of military veterans to civilian life, suicide prevention, moral injury, and peer support.


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Definitions of moral injury
  • Context for acquiring moral injury
  • Role of Shame

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Pathway for healing from moral injury
  • Q/A


Social Worker

This program has been approved for 2 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D 92161.

MA Licensed Mental Health Counselor

This program has been approved for 2 Category I MaMHCA hours for re-licensure in accordance with 262 CMR. MEACP Authorization 23-0531

MA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

This activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Certification PC- 042062

MA Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

This course has been approved by the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services/LADC Unit for 2 contact hours for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Assistants.

MA Nursing

Program meets the requirements for nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing 244 CMR 5.04

This program does not qualify for NBCC credit

Berkshire AHEC is a member of
the MassAHEC Network

This project described was supported by HRSA Grant No. U77HP03016 from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services. This information should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the US Government.


November 27
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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