Applications of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: Navigating Shame and Moral Injury

Mar 30, 2019 2:00pm ‐ Mar 30, 2019 3:30pm


Description

Moral injury is increasingly acknowledged as the signature wound of this generation of veterans. On returning from combat, service members can experience a host of challenges, particularly given the shame they often feel over what happened down range. Rather than trying to block or eradicate self-destructive thoughts, acceptance and commitment therapy is a treatment option that warrants consideration, as it helps individuals to “live with” what they’ve done while in combat.

This presentation will focus on introducing the Problem (Moral Injury) and a theoretical approach that offers Solutions (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). 

Attendees will: 

  • Learn the various definitions and causes of Moral Injury and examine how it differs from PTSD;
  • Be introduced to the tenets of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, to include its theoretical principles and primary techniques; and
  • Learn and practice ways to address Moral Injury through various ACT techniques, self-forgiveness exercises, and mindfulness techniques.

Speaker(s):

  • W. Bryce Hagedorn, PhD, Program Director of Counselor Education, University of Central Florida

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