Moral Injury: Suicide Risk, Survivor’s Guilt and Other Clinical Manifestations
April 15, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
About This Webinar
This presentation begins by briefly reviewing the definition of moral injury and describing a theoretical model that highlights some of the clinical manifestations of moral injury. The relationship between moral injury and suicide risk will be described, and recent studies on suicide risk will be reviewed. The relationship between survivor’s guilt and moral injury will be discussed, including highlighting how it differs between moral injury and PTSD. Self-forgiveness will also be highlighted as an additional clinical manifestation of moral injury. A brief case example demonstrating these moral injury clinical manifestations will be presented, including a brief discussion of appropriate treatments.
Define moral injury and describe a proposed theoretical model
Describe the relationship between moral injury and suicide risk
Explain how survivor’s guilt manifests differently in moral injury compared to PTSD
Describe other clinical manifestations of moral injury, such as failure to self-forgive
Shira Maguen, Ph.D.
Professor, UCSF Medical School
Mental Health Director, Post-9/11 Integrated Care Clinic
Staff Psychologist, San Francisco VA Medical Center
Shira Maguen, Ph.D. is the Mental Health Director of the Post-9/11 Integrated Care Clinic and Staff Psychologist on the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team (PCT) at the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS), and Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine. Her research interests fall under the umbrella of PTSD, moral injury, and suicide, and include risk and resilience factors in veterans, with a particular focus on female veterans.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense under Award Number 2019-48770-30366 and 2023-48770-41333.