Webinar | Cleveringa Dallaire critical conversation series
The repair of moral injury
- Thursday 14 October 2021
- 11:30 MST • 13:30 EST • 14:30 AST
Read or listen to what was said during this session.
This conversation considers the different ways we understand moral injury (e.g. biopsychosocial-spiritual) and what approaches we can take to repair. How does moral injury differ from other struggles and conditions? What are some emerging treatments?
This webinar was part of the Cleveringa Dallaire critical conversation series Moral courage: Leading in times of conflict and crisis
Director, Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC)
Suzette Brémault-Phillips is an occupational therapist and associate professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, and director of the Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium (HiMARC), a provincial hub for research, teaching and service for military, Veteran, public safety personnel and their families. An experienced clinician-scientist who holds a PhD in spirituality, she has been sought out for her subject matter expertise in resilience, moral injury and PTSD by the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada.
Clinical Psychiatrist and Professor, Leiden University
Eric Vermetten is a clinical psychiatrist and Colonel working with veterans and other uniformed officers as strategic advisor of research at the Military Mental Health Service with the Dutch Ministry of Defence and ARQ National Psychotrauma Center. He holds professorship in psychiatry at Leiden University and is on adjunct faculty of New York University. Vermetten’s research is in the field of stress, trauma, complex PTSD and neuroscience. His research has special focus on combining biological-based interventions in psychotraumatology with novel technology and novel drug developments, in particular MDMA, psilocybin, ketamine and medical cannabis. He is a subject matter expert on resilience, PTSD and moral injury.
Chief Psychiatrist, Veteran Affairs Canada
Alexandra Heber is chief psychiatrist of Veteran Affairs Canada and a retired Lieutenant Colonel. She has presented nationally and internationally on PTSD in the military population and has delivered educational sessions for chaplains, military police, Canadian Forces interrogators, Ontario Provincial Police, Ottawa Fire Services, and other first responders. In 2009, she deployed to Afghanistan for a three-month tour as the psychiatrist in charge of the Canadian Forces mental health services for Task Force Kandahar. She is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Ottawa.
Clinical Psychologist, ARQ Centrum’45
Jackie June ter Heide is a therapist and senior researcher at Amsterdam’s ARQ Centrum’45, an institute for patients suffering from complex psychotrauma. She has published on trauma-focused treatment for refugees, complex PTSD, the dissociative subtype, and the relationship between moral injury and empathy. She is head researcher of a study on moral injury in treatment-seeking military veterans subsidized by the Dutch Ministry of Defense, as well as chair of a project group for treatment guidelines for moral injury in Dutch treatment-seeking veterans.
Clinical and Research Psychiatrist at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Bill Nash leads an emerging program of treatment and research for veterans with moral injury at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Previously, he served as the Director of Psychological Health for the U.S. Marine Corps, and while on active duty in the U.S. Navy, as combat-stress-control psychiatrist embedded in the 1st Marine Division in Iraq. The doctrine for maintaining psychological health in military operations written by CAPT Nash in 2009 still informs leadership training throughout the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. His peer-reviewed research with Marine infantrymen was the first to document PTSD in service members as a direct result of violations of moral expectations. Dr. Nash has co-authored two books, Combat Stress Injury: Theory, Research, and Management (2007), and Adaptive Disclosure: A New Treatment for Military Trauma, Loss, and Moral Injury (2017).
Professor and Clinical Psychologist, University of South Alabama (USA)
Joseph Currier is professor of psychology at University of South Alabama (USA) and clinical director of Veterans Recovery Resources. A clinical psychologist by training, he researches and publishes on trauma and moral injury, spiritually integrated mental health care, and other topics related to applied psychology of religion/spirituality. He has co-authored two books with the American Psychological Association: Trauma, Meaning, and Spirituality: Translating Research into Clinical Practice and Addressing Moral Injury in Clinical Practice. His work has been funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and SAMHSA.
Medical Doctor and Psychiatrist, University of Alberta
Dr. Behre, MD, PhD, is the Chief of Psychiatry in Grande Prairie and the Interim Medical Director of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Alberta. He comes with considerable experience in transcultural psychiatry and participated in a number of global mental health initiatives.
Behre, originally from Eritrea, is the Chief of Psychiatry in Grande Prairie, Interim Medical Director of the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Alberta. He comes with considerable experience in transcultural psychiatry and participated in a number of global mental health initiatives.