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Moral Injury new

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This new live online course takes an indepth look at what moral injury is, why it matters, its relationship to trauma and mental health, how to identify it, practical ways to help someone who is affected – and much more…


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Moral Injury - live online

  • Date: Tues 26th November 2024

  • CPD Certificate: 6 hours

  • Tutor: Rosalind Townsend

  • Length: 1 day (9.15am–4.00pm)

  • Price: £145 per person

Includes course notes and access to a recording of the event


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– Join Ros Townsend on Tuesday 26th November via Zoom. Once booked you’ll receive email confirmation; we’ll send your Zoom link the day before the event.  What you will learn >
– the training is recorded so you will also get a recording for a limited time afterwards to maximise your learning.
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Why take this course

Moral Injury is a very real cause of psychological distress often characterised by feelings of grief, shame, guilt, disgust, contempt, anger and a sense of betrayal, which can lead to depression, substance misuse, even suicide.

Originally identified in veterans and others affected by war, moral injury occurs in response to having had to act in a way, or having witnessed behaviours, which go against an individual’s values and moral beliefs.  Left unresolved it can lead to a cycle of negative behaviours and decisions. Successfully addressing these feelings can prevent further harm, including to those around them, and lead to improved mental health so that they can lead fulfilling lives and maintain healthy relationships once more.

If your work involves supporting distressed individuals, it’s important to have a clear understanding of moral injury and how to identify it, and to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest research and understandings about how best to help.

Outstanding course – Ros was excellent in her knowledge and delivery of the content

Julie Somerset, Counsellor (Complex Trauma)

What you will learn

  • What moral injury is
  • How to recognise the symptoms of moral injury
  • How to effectively work with these within the human givens framework of understanding
  • The three key causes of moral injury
  • Vital tools for psycho-education – to add to your own understanding and to pass on to clients
  • The relationship between moral injury and PTSD and complex trauma (CPTSD)
  • Why moral injury often leads to depression, substance abuse and suicidality
  • Why it is not recognised as a diagnosable condition 
  • The relationship between morals and pro-social emotions
  • What strong emotions often arise as a result of moral injury
  • What the APET model brings to our understanding and how we can use this when working with moral injury
  • The crucial role of the pattern-matching processes in the brain 
  • Why narrative is so powerful 
  • How to weave other techniques – such as trauma-focused work and work with metaphor and story – to successfully work with moral distress
  • Why a client’s initial focus may not be the best place to start work
  • How to build and collaboratively agree an effective plan for treatment and recovery

You will also, under careful guidance from the tutor:

  • Explore and discuss what morals are, where they come from and why we each have a unique model of moral reality
  • Learn more about the presentation of moral injury and how to recognise it
  • Develop a new framework of understanding within which to set your work with moral injury
  • Understand more about why ‘shutdown’ or ‘dissociation’ are often associated with complex presentations
  • Understand why depression, addictions and suicidality are often a part of the picture
  • Work collaboratively with peers and colleagues to extend and develop your own skillsets and knowledge
  • Explore, through work with exemplar case studies, how to apply your learning and prior skillsets in challenging presentations

You will leave with:

  • The confidence to work creatively and flexibly with a wider range of presentations
  • a rich toolkit to use with people experiencing moral injury
  • A clear framework within which you can work and continue to develop and adapt your tools and skillsets
  • An understanding of how to support clients in recovery from moral injury
  • An appreciation of the importance of taking your time with such work and proceeding at a pace right for each individual client
  • Greater confidence in being able to identify and appropriately support clients suffering from moral injury
  • An understanding of how to help a client move towards a narrative which supports recovery and growth

There will also be plenty of opportunity throughout the day for you to ask questions and engage in collaborative work and discussion with the tutor, as well as with experienced colleagues and other attendees in break-out discussion rooms.

Brilliant content, really well delivered by Ros Townsend. Really enjoyed the whole experience.

Caroline Griffiths, Integrative Therapist (Rewind course)

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Any qualified therapist working with distressed or traumatised people
  • Any qualified practitioner in the field of psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy or counselling 
  • Any qualified health, social care or educational professional (GPs, support workers, teachers etc.) who wishes to understand more about Moral Injury in order that they can signpost and support effectively
  • Anyone interested for personal reasons, who is happy that the content will also go into detail about working therapeutically with those suffering from moral injury.
Please note

Please note

If you are an experienced practitioner from another modality, or a professional not familiar with the human givens (HG) approach to wellbeing, we recommend you read the following before you attend: About HG therapy, benefits of the approach, and what is RIGAAR.

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