Post-Session Summary of Healers, Episode 1: Repairing Self-Esteem

by Susan Sganga, Public Health Specialist This is a community of practice aimed at helping people to recover their sense of self-worth. The goal is for practitioners to talk, ask questions, interact, and help each other to learn and grow. With a subscription cost of $25 per month, participants receive 2 books, CEUs, and aContinue reading “Post-Session Summary of Healers, Episode 1: Repairing Self-Esteem”

Healers, Episode 1: Repairing Self-Esteem

People who experience a morally injurious event, such as a sexual assault, toxic leadership, body objectification, and various forms of betrayal often loose their self-esteem. They begin to see themselves as a worthless human. What they spent a life time building, their self-worth, can be lost in an instant of tragedy.  Some people never hadContinue reading “Healers, Episode 1: Repairing Self-Esteem”

The Many Tentacles of Moral Injury

While the term moral injury (MI) was originally envisioned to address the gap between PTSD and what Vietnam veterans were experiencing after returning from the war, our understanding of the phenomenon has grown (Shay, 2014). Due to recent scholarly work in the fields of servicewomen, healthcare, social work, and many others, we now know thatContinue reading “The Many Tentacles of Moral Injury”

A Very Important Book

In the spring of 2019, I was conducting some phone interviews as part of a ground-breaking research project. The study focused on the moral injurious experiences of women veterans, and the data was very disturbing. As someone who has worked in the U.S. military chaplain corps for many years, I realized that many chaplains didContinue reading “A Very Important Book”

Divine Inspiration and the Rocky Path

Whenever we set out to accomplish a goal, we encounter tons of problems, usually a lot more problems than we bargained for or predicted. The challenges often surprise us and it seems that the easier we think something should be, the more likely we are to experience obstacles. As the problems mount, we begin toContinue reading “Divine Inspiration and the Rocky Path”

Why We Need a Conference for Women Veterans and Clergy Men

As a man myself, and someone who served in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps for 18 years, I can honestly say that I had no idea how difficult it was to serve as a woman in the military. Four years ago I began to get a clue and it was very disturbing. In 20I6, IContinue reading “Why We Need a Conference for Women Veterans and Clergy Men”

Old Memories, Fresh Wounds

Dr. Daniel Roberts has been working with a partner to conduct a moral injury study for women veterans. (We are still looking for participants. If you are a female veteran and experienced something while serving that caused inner conflict or went against your moral values, consider signing up: Although military sexual trauma is notContinue reading “Old Memories, Fresh Wounds”

Why Male Clergy Need to Understand Moral Injury in Women

Introduction In the United States, most clergy are male. Approximately 95% of U.S. Army chaplains are men (U.S. Army, 2014) and only 12% of churches have a woman in the senior leadership role (Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 2006). There are many women in institutional ministry (e.g. prison and hospital chaplaincy), but for most womenContinue reading “Why Male Clergy Need to Understand Moral Injury in Women”

What’s Missing in Moral Injury Research

Moral injury (MI) is a term that refers to the emotional trauma a military service member feels when his or her sense of moral rightness is violated during the course of war (Currier, Holland, Drescher, & Foy, 2015a; Currier, McCormick, & Drescher, 2015b; Nash, Carper, Mills, Au, Goldsmith, & Litz, 2013). MI addresses a gapContinue reading “What’s Missing in Moral Injury Research”

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