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
3607 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089
United States

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

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs defines moral injury as “the violation of what is right in high-stakes situations by a person with legitimate authority” and “a syndrome of shame, self-handicapping, anger and demoralization” resulting from experiences that challenge “deeply-held beliefs and expectations about moral and ethical conduct.”  While moral injury first emerged in research on military veterans, anyone who works in high-stakes situations or who has endured trauma can experience it.  When life offers dilemmas that deliver devastating consequences, moral injury can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time.  A crisis of conscience is a normal response to an experience of witnessing or inflicting harm that cannot be integrated into an existing moral system.

The effects of moral injury are pervasive in our society and contribute to homelessness, self-harm, suicide, rage, addiction, compulsive overwork and/or depression.  But unlike some causes of distress, moral injury is not a mental illness.  It is an existential crisis in identity and meaning because of devastating life circumstances and it can happen at any age.  But recovery is possible because having it is a sign of a health 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!

• Clergy and Chaplain CEUs, Clinical CEs, and CMEs will be available soon.
• Los Angeles County Staff, Consumers/Clients, Veterans, Family Members & Clergy/Chaplains should contact Adrienne Hament before registering for free or discounted rates.
• Conference Costs are as follows:
One Day Registration (May 29 Only): $150 
Three Day Registration (May 29-31): $350 
One Day Student Registration (May 29 Only): $75 
Three Day Student Registration (May 29-31): $125 
If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring this event, please contact Cori Williams.

 View testimonials from registrants of our past Moral Injury seminar.


Contact Information

  • Sophie Barry

    Phone: 703-341-5083

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