Research shows that not all female service members get the support they need. Dr. Roberts conducted in-depth interviews with 10 women who were wounded during overseas assignments and only three of them received effective chaplain support. A follow-up study with 15 male chaplains from Christian and non-Christian denominations showed that many clergy lacked counseling training and knowledge about problems women in the military face.
Most denominations and seminaries provide little in the way of training specifically oriented to the needs of female service members. Women make up about 15% of the U.S. armed forces, but they suffer more than men from gender harassment, sexual assault, PTSD, and other traumas than men. Women experience the military differently than men and this calls for a special ministerial approach.
Our Core Business
Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc. (MISNS, pronounced “missions”) is a company that specializes in education, research, and advocacy in military chaplaincy and soldier care. MISNS’ research focus is on pastoral support to female service members. Women are an underserved population when it comes to spiritual leadership and support. By conducting studies with female service members as the primary population, MISNS is able to develop theories and practices that will enhance the lives of women in the military.
As an educational and training organization, Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc. helps men and women in the chaplaincy hone their skills as religious professionals and care providers. MISNS also works with seminaries, religious groups, and professional chaplain organizations to provide content for continuing education and professional growth. MISNS’ training inventory includes seminars, case studies, keynote speeches, class curriculum, and other products.
Research and Education
Through extensive research and practice, Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc. has developed theories, models, and practices for providing pastoral care to women service members.
We provide seminars and workshops to help chaplains and organizations grow in their ability to provide care to the brave men and women who guard our country. MISNS also helps schools and professors develop curriculum and case studies.
Roberts, D. L. (2018). Providing Spiritual Leadership to Survivors of Violence Against Women. SAGE Business Case Originals.
Smith, D., & Roberts, D.L. (2018). “What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Combat Zone?” Challenging the Persistence of Gender Bias in Combat Roles. Phoenix Scholar, 1(3), 24-25.
Roberts, D. L. (2018). Combating religiously influenced racism in organizations. SAGE Publications: SAGE Business Cases Originals.
Roberts, D. L. & Kovacich, J. (2018). Modifying the qualitative Delphi technique to develop the female soldier support model. The Qualitative Report, 23(1).
Roberts, D. L. (2018) Women and leadership: Using the Delphi technique to effect organizational change. SAGE Publications: SAGE Business Cases Originals. doi: 10.4135/9781526437761
Roberts, D. L., Kovacich, J., & Rivers, M. (2017). The Comprehensive female soldier support model: A Delphi study. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy. doi:10.1080/08854726.2017.1312817
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