While the concept of moral injury has traditionally been applied to the experience of military service members, there is growing research on the role of moral injury among health care workers. Findings from a qualitative research study in Colorado indicate that correctional mental health professionals experience significant components of moral injury from their clinical practice. This presentation explores definitions of moral injury, warning signs, clinical considerations, and recommendations for practice. Time will be provided for small breakout groups to compare participants' own perspectives and experiences related to moral injury and develop plans to mitigate it.
- Define the theoretical concept of moral injury
- Explore the ways in which moral injury may affect the experiences of correctional mental health professionals
- Identify strategies to mitigate the effects of moral injury on correctional mental health staff