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).
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.
Program Director of Counselor Education,
University of Central Florida