Date & Time
Monday, October 24, 2022, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
403 Moral Injury and Moral Disengagement in Correctional Environments*

Moral injury has been referred to as a "soul wound" and focuses on the distress people experience when they act in contrast with their conscience. Moral injury and moral disengagement have traditionally been applied to military environments and increasingly to health care environments, but little scholarly attention has been paid to the role in correctional environments. This presentation will explore the definitions and conceptual constructs of moral injury and moral disengagement and discuss the original findings of a qualitative research study on correctional mental health professionals. Participants will have an opportunity for small group discussion on their experiences with moral injury and moral disengagement in their correctional practice.

Educational Objectives

  • Define the concepts of moral injury and moral disengagement
  • Explore the experience of moral injury and moral disengagement by mental health, health, and custody staff
  • Identify opportunities to address and mitigate the harmful effects of moral injury in corrections

Level Intermediate