Continuing Education Program

Moral Injury in First Responders and Military Service Members: Identification/ Research, Assessment, and Treatment Updates

Live Training Broadcasts for Clinicians and Chaplains to Build Cultural Competence and Assessment/Treatment Skills


This online program is co-hosted by the Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc. and the Women Veterans Social Justice Network (WVSJ), and brought to you by WELLNESS4LIFESTEPS, LLC. It contains two sessions. Each session is worth 3.0 continuing education hours. The first session covers the latest research on military moral injury (MMI), available assessments, a debriefing process, resiliency, and a spiritually-based therapy. The second session will include modules on cultural competence when working with women veterans and how to help survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). The entire program can be purchased for $89 or participants can purchase a single session for $50. Register and pay here.

Date: October 15, 2020

Program Theme

This CEU program will provide a comprehensive view of military moral injury from multiple angles, including medical, psychological, spiritual, and cultural lenses. Presenters will describe military moral injury in detail, discuss military sexual trauma and institutional betrayal, and provide a variety of interventions and tools to assist clinicians, social workers, therapists, chaplains and other health providers in working with veterans. A special session on women veterans and cultural competency will be presented.

Agenda (all times Eastern Time)

Session 1
9:15 am – 9:30 amWelcoming Remarks for Session 1Dr. Daniel Roberts, BriGette McCoy
9:30 am – 11:00 amMoral Injury Definition, Assessments, and Spiritual-Integrated Cognitive Processing Therapy (Credit: 1.5 hrs)Harold G. Koenig, MD
11:00 am – 11:15 amBreak
11:15 am – 12:45 pmDefusing, Debriefing and Resiliency after Moral Injury (Credit: 1.5 hrs)Manuela Joannou, M.D. CCFP (EM) FCFP & Dr. Lorraine Smith-MacDonald
12:45 pm – 1:00 pmInstructions for Completing Post-Tests and Program Evaluations
Session 2
1:00 pm – 1:15 pmWelcoming Remarks for Session 2Dr. Daniel Roberts, BriGette McCoy
1:15 pm – 2:45 pmCultural Competence Matters: Women Veterans and Military Moral Injury (Credit: 1.5 hrs)Dr. LaQuista Erinna
2:45 pm – 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 pm – 4:30 pmDismantling Traumatic Stress After Sexual Assault (Credit: 1.5 hrs).Lori Daniels, Ph.D., LCSW
4:30 pm – 4:40 pmInstructions for Completing Post-Tests and Program Evaluations
Times and session titles are subject to minor changes.

Session Descriptions

Moral Injury Definition, Assessments, and Spiritual-Integrated Cognitive Processing Therapy

Dr. Harold G. Koenig will provide an overview of moral injury and some current assessments in use. He will also provide a detailed description of the Spiritual-Integrated Cognitive Processing Therapy (SICPT). 

Defusing, Debriefing and Treatment after Moral Injury

Dr. Manuela Joannou and Dr. Lorraine Smith-MacDonald will talk about the importance of conducting defusing and debriefing sessions after a moral injurious incident and describe treating moral injury through connection and resilience life coaching.

Cultural Competence Matters: Women Veterans and Military Moral Injury

Dr. LaQuista Erinna will talk about military moral injury from the perspective of women veterans and provide key information to increase the cultural competence of social workers, clinicians, and therapists when working with women veterans.

Dismantling Traumatic Stress After Sexual Assault

The context of a survivor’s experience and the counseling milieu are important variables to consider as therapists facilitate a person’s sexual assault recovery.  This presentation will discuss the option of integrative psychotherapy techniques which allow for a client’s context to be taken into account and the building of rapport as a priority. 


By the end of Session 1, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe military moral injury (MMI) as it is currently constructed in research literature.
  2. Identify and summarize available MMI assessments.
  3. Explain the importance of conducting debriefing and defusing sessions after a potentially moral injurious event. 
  4. Describe a spiritually based therapy technique and a resiliency life coaching model.

By the end of Session 2, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain MMI from the context and perspective of women veterans.
  2. Understand the importance of developing cultural competence to be able to provide effective support to women veterans. 
  3. Describe military sexual trauma (MST) and techniques for providing support to survivors.

The price for each session is $50, but both sessions can be purchased at a discount for $89. To register and pay, go to the store and select the CEU Main Program All Sessions product for both sessions or the CEU Main Program Session 1 or Session 2 products. If you purchase the All Sessions product, you will receive a 20% discount on a 1 year Dialogue Professional Membership.

Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit specializing 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.

Women Veterans Social Justice Network (WVSJ) is an outreach and community based 501(c)(3) non-profit working to bring together national and local resources available to women veterans in a single, easy to understand and navigable resource. The online social network organization started with peer support groups that utilized social media and education, to inform, support and advocates on behalf of women veterans. It  focuses on issues of Military Sexual Trauma (MST), Moral Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), homelessness, suicide awareness and prevention, and VA and community based services and benefits available to women veterans and their families.

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