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Moral Injury: Ethical Issues in Context of Trauma-Based Care

October 26, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Presented by John D. Gavazzi, PsyD, ABPP

October 26, 2022  (11am-12pm CST)

Event held online via Zoom. Link to access sent by Eventzilla upon registration.

When attended in full, offers 1.0 CEs for Psychologists.


Workshop Description:

Moral Injury has gained greater acceptance in the practice of psychotherapy. Moral injury involves a significant traumatic experience, creating negative emotions, that can dramatically change a person’s sense of self.

This one-hour lecture will outline general ethical issues as these relate to moral injury. There will be an outline of how the self is essentially moral, as well as the core features of moral injury. We will outline the differences between moral injury and PTSD. Finally, several case examples will illustrate how patience, as well as treating psychologists, can experience moral injury.


Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate-level program, participants will be able to:

1. Describe two ethical concerns when treating moral injury;

2. Differentiate moral injury from PTSD; and,

3. Explain how moral injury can be applied to psychotherapy.


Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.2:

Program content focuses on ethical, legal, statutory or regulatory policies, guidelines, and standards that influence psychological practice, education, or research.

This program meets APA’s continuing education Goal 2:
Program will enable psychologists to keep pace with the most current scientific evidence regarding assessment, prevention, intervention, and/or education as well as important relevant legal, statutory, leadership, or regulatory issues.



Barnes, H. A., Hurley, R. A., & Taber, K. H. (2019). Moral Injury and PTSD: Often Co-Occurring Yet Mechanistically Different. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 31(2), A4-103. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.neuropsych.19020036

Dean, W., Talbot, S., & Dean, A. (2019). Reframing Clinician Distress: Moral Injury Not Burnout. Federal practitioner : for the health care professionals of the VA, DoD, and PHS, 36(9), 400–402.

Griffin, B. J., Purcell, N., Burkman, K., Litz, B. T., Bryan, C. J., Schmitz, M., Villierme, C., Walsh, J., & Maguen, S. (2019). Moral Injury: An Integrative Review. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32(3), 350–362. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22362

Litz, B. T., & Kerig, P. K. (2019). Introduction to the Special Issue on Moral Injury: Conceptual Challenges, Methodological Issues, and Clinical Applications. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32(3), 341–349. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22405


Registration & Fees:

This program is presented free and sponsored by Beth N Rom-Rymer, PhD., Candidate, APA-President Elect.


Continuing Education:

Target Audience: Psychologists and other mental health professionals looking to acquire advanced knowledge about ethical decisionmaking.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to [email protected]. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest


*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


October 26, 2022
11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
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