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115 | Identifying and Treating Moral Injury In the Setting of Severe Trauma

Clinical Assessment, Research, and Evidence-based Practices, Thursday 9/14 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Workshop Tracks


Harold G. Koenig, M.D. 



Approved For CE

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




The focus of this workshop is to briefly review the research on religion and mental health, discuss why evidence-based treatments in Christian mental healthcare are important, examine the limitations of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) and challenges involved in conducting them to provide an evidence-base for Christian therapies and illustrate evidence-based Christian therapies now being used. The presenter will also address treatments for “moral injury” in Veterans, active-duty military suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and non-military populations. There will be ample time for participants to ask questions and discuss issues surrounding evidence-based treatments in Christian counseling, why they are needed, issues related to conducting RCTs, evaluating the results of RCTs conducted by others, and how to apply them to clinical practice. This workshop has both clinical and research-based relevance and utility to licensed mental health professionals, including counselors and psychologists, as well as to other health professionals and clergy (particularly VA and military chaplains).

Learning Objectives

1. Identify moral injury and its relevance to psychologists and licensed mental health professionals
2. Describe the symptoms of moral injury in clients
3. Formulate treatment plans for symptoms of moral injury using a Biblical approach
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