Moral Injury and Pathways to Recovery

Los Angeles, California
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Moral Injury and Pathways to Recovery
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - Friday, May 31, 2019

University of Southern California
(213) 740-2311
3335 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, California 90007
United States

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A Conference for everyone, including Clinicians, Chaplains, Community Members, Congregational Leaders, Veterans, Families, and Consumers who want to learn more about Moral Injury, explore recovery strategies, and connect to others who care and want to help.

Like love, Moral Injury is both universal and infinitely diverse; the suffering it names comes from broken ties of love for self and others. It results from the anger, mistrust, shame, and disillusionment that follow the collapse of our core moral foundations under the weight of harm or evil that cannot be integrated into our identity. The harm may come from authorities or people we trusted; it can also come from actions or failures of our own that have harmed others. When ignored, the crushing pain of lost faith or meaning can bury a soul under a suffocating mountain of guilt and remorse; consume it with a fierce fury; drown it under alcohol or drugs; or destroy it by suicide. But recovery is possible because having it is a sign of a healthy conscience and a longing to connect to others. Come learn what we all can do to make recovery happen. (To learn more about Moral Injury, click on the FAQs tab above.)

Host Organizations: 

The Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

The Conference offers everyone a chance to gain deeper knowledge of Moral Injury and learn recovery strategies for military veterans, for people seeking spiritual counseling, for people using mental health services, and for new populations and professionals whose work includes physical and emotional care like family caregiving, social work, medicine, and chaplaincy. New applications of Moral Injury will include religious communities, the incarceration and child welfare systems, social movements, and caregiving work. The Conference is also designed to provide professionals and students working in mental health, spiritual health, and community and congregational leadership with continuing education with particular emphasis on spiritual, mental, emotional, social, and cultural.

Attendees will be encouraged to work collaboratively, share knowledge, and learn from each other as well as the faculty. Closed captioning and translation will be provided for plenary events and for some seminars.

See Program Information for details about plenary events and the learning seminars for those that interest you the most. Seminars have limited space, so pick your favorite and register soon!

The Conference structure will offer the following options for Early Discount Registration (Fees increase on April 1 ($150 for May 29 and $350 for May 29-31):

  1. $100 May 29: One Day Registration for 5 Plenary Sessions
  2. $250 May 29-31: Three Day Registration for all Plenary Sessions and One Ten-Hour Seminar Track 
  3. Scholarships:

    1. $50 for May 29 only
    2. $125 for May 20-31

If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring this event, please contact Cori Williams.

    • Conference hotel information and discount code is coming soon.
    • More information about Clergy CEUs, Clinical CEs, and CMEs will be available soon. 
    • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Consumers, Family Members, and Clergy should contact LACDMH for a discount code before registering.

View testimonials from registrants of our past Moral Injury seminar.


Contact Information

  • Sophie Barry

    Phone: 703-341-5083

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