A Closer Look at Moral Injury: Existential Challenges Faced by Returning Veterans

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Veterans Mental Health Training Institute - NASW-NYS

A Closer Look at Moral Injury: Existential Challenges Faced by Returning Veterans

Monday, May 18, 2020

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm


Presenter: Aynisa Leonardo, LCAWT, ATR-BC

Free for ALL New York State Social Workers, LMFTs and LMHCs

This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists

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Workshop Description

Service Members and Veterans are faced with biological, social, familial, psychological, and existential challenges when coping with the tension that exists between military and civilian cultures. This workshop will provide an overview of military culture and transitional challenges, as they relate to values and morality. Trends of Moral Injury will be clearly outlined and discussed. Moral Injury touches on one’s spirituality, identity, and ethics, in a way that has large potential to be misunderstood. This workshop will depict the factors that can lead up to a Moral Wound, as well as it’s lasting implications. Presenter will also discuss ways to build meaningful narratives around this societal trend, in order to learn how we can better bridge gaps and create avenues for collective support within our communities. 


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify 3 trends that lead to Moral Injury in military survivor populations.
  • Describe 3 psychosocial theories related to the concept of Moral Injury.
  • Explain 3 long-term clinical implications caused by Moral Wounds from war.
  • Implement 3 techniques for healing that touch on existential/spiritual themes
  • Define the difference between PTSD and Moral Injury.

This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037)

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Aynisa Leonardo is a Licensed Clinical Art Therapist (LCAT, ATR-BC), who has been in the field of mental health services for 12 years. She is the Director of Military Services at Long Island Center for Recovery. Her prior experience includes working in inpatient, outpatient, and non-profit settings with clients experiencing posttraumatic stress, addiction, family conflict, and other mental health challenges. She has concentrated on advanced program development and clinical education, locally and nationally. She continues to provide evidence-based and interactive style presentations to hospitals, non-profits, and corporate agencies, in an effort to raise awareness of current trends and improve competency within the healthcare community..  



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May 18th, 2020 5:30 PM   through   7:30 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $ 0.00
Non Member $ 0.00