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

October 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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2018 Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative

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A regional program by Nassau and Suffolk Divisions

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

Along with a Film Screening of Almost Sunrise

Friday, October 26, 2018

12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Noel S. Ruiz Theatre

(931 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale, NY 11769)

Presenter: Aynisa Leonardo, LCAT, ATR-BC

NASW-NYS Members: $35 | Non-Members: $55

This workshop is approved for 3.5 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists
(Must attend full trainig, no partial credits will be given)

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A Closer Look at Moral Injury: Existential Challenges Faced by Returning Veterans - Along with "Almost Sunrise" Film Screening


Date: Friday, October 26, 2018

Presenter: Aynisa Leonardo, LCAT, ATR-BC
NASW Member Fee: $35
Non-Member Fee: $55

Time: 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.

Program Schedule:

12:00 pm - 3:30 pm - Workshop: A Closer Look at Moral Injury (3.0 CEs)
3:30 pm - 5:15 pm - Movie Screening: Almost Sunrise
5:15 pm - 5:25 pm - Break
5:25 pm - 6:00 pm - Panel Discussion (Almost Sunrise) - (0.5 CEs) 



Current 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 culture. This workshop will provide an overview of military culture, and transitional challenges, as they relate to values and morality. The focus will be on moral injury - what it is; how it touches on one’s spirituality, identity, and ethics in ways that have potential to be misunderstood; and how it can result in challenges for this population. Trends in moral injury will be clearly outlined and discussed to gain an understanding of effects on military populations. This workshop will describe factors that can lead up to a moral wound as well as its lasting implications. The presenter will also discuss ways to build meaningful narratives around moral injury in order to learn and teach how we can better bridge gaps and create avenues for collective support within the communities.


Learning Objectives:

Participants Will:

  • Define Moral Injury and identify opportunities to engage collective support to address it;
  • Apply psychosocial theories to the concept of moral injury/moral wound;
  • describe the long-term clinical implications associated with moral injury/moral wound as well as possible consequence(s); and
  • Apply basic techniques for healing moral injury/moral wounds by touching on existential/spiritual themes



Almost Sunrise follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and pushed to the edge of suicide. The two embark on an extraordinary journey – a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California, in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war and to ultimately, save themselves. Learn more at sunrisedocumentary.com



TRIGGER WARNING: During the film, there is occasional graphic content, with themes of war and death. There will be clinicians and trained staff available throughout the day, should anyone need support.  We do like to issue a mild trigger warning so everyone registering for this event is prepared.



This workshop is approved for 3.5 continuing education credit hours. (No partial credits will be given)

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, LCAT, ATR-BC, is


Director of Military Services

Aynisa Leonardo is a Licensed Clinical Art Therapist (LCAT, ATR-BC), who has been in the field of veteran mental health services for 11 years now. 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 Veterans and Active Duty service members, experiencing PTS, addiction, family conflict, and other transitional challenges. She has concentrated on advanced program development and clinical education, locally and nationally, to best treat and support our nations' military members, families, and uniformed service personnel.  She founded the Military Resilience Project in 2013, which offers community based wellness events for veterans and their families.


Coordinator: Silas Kelly, LMSW, NASW-NYS Region 5 Representative, Nassau and Suffolk Divisions


Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Marcelle L. Leis,
Suzanne B. Phillips Psy.d., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA is a Licensed psychologist, psychoanalyst, and certified group therapist.
Brent Russell, (Retired) Veteran, LMSW, PFC Dwyer Peer Support Program of Nassau County, Program Manager.


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October 26th, 2018 12:00 PM through  6:00 PM
Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
931 Montauk Hwy,
Oakdale, NY 11769-NY
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $35.00
Non-Member $55.00


October 26, 2018
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Veterans Mental Health Training Initiative
Suffolk Division
Nassau Division


Noel S Ruiz Theatre
931 Montauk Hwy
Oakdale, NY 11769 United States
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