Live Webinar September 22 - Moral Injury: An Overview of Conceptual, Definitional, Assessment, and Treatment Issues with Dr. Brett Litz

Includes a Live Event on 09/22/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)


September 22, 2022

2:00 pm- 3:30 pm Eastern/ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Central/ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Mountain/ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific

$15 Student ABCT Members / $25 ABCT Members / $35 Non-Members


The idea that people can be lastingly harmed by their own transgressive behavior and can suffer because of others’ moral failures is as old as humanity, yet these age-old concepts have only recently been considered as clinically relevant social, biological, spiritual, and psychological problems. Moral injury (MI) is the multidimensional outcome from exposure to transgressive harms that undermine foundational beliefs about the goodness and trustworthiness of oneself, others, or the world. Although moral injury has gained widespread acceptance, we have only just recently defined the syndrome and generated a method to measure the syndrome that can be used clinically. I will define the boundary conditions for MI and distinguish MI as a clinical problem in contrast to moral frustration and moral stress, describe the domains impacted by exposure to morally injurious events, provide an assessment tool that can be used clinically and in research, provide case conceptualization heuristics and treatment approaches that can be used when MI is the principal target (e.g., when a traumatic event is a MI) or when another presenting problem is colored by MI, and discuss process issues that arise when clinicians are confronted with the existential realities of grave transgressive behaviors or high stakes systemic failures.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Litz is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Department Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He is also the Director of the Mental Health Core of the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiological Research and Information Center at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Litz is a fellow of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the American Psychopathological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this webinar:

  1. Participants will learn to define moral injury
  2. Participants will be able to distinguish moral injury from moral frustration, moral distress, and PTSD
  3. Participants will learn how to assess the syndrome of moral injury and how to use a moral injury assessment instrument in practice
  4. Participants will learn about the phenomenology and the clinical needs of individuals with moral injury and ways of helping people to heal and repair moral injury

Recommended Readings

Litz, B. T., Stein, N., Delaney, E., Lebowitz, L., Nash, W. P., Silva, C., & Maguen, S. (2009). Moral injury and moral repair in war veterans: A preliminary model and intervention strategy. Clinical Psychology Review, 29, 695–706.

Litz, B. T., & Kerig, P. K. (2019). Introduction to the special issue on moral injury: Conceptual challenges, methodological issues, and clinical applications. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32(3), 341-349.

Litz, B., & Carney, J. R. (2018). Employing loving-kindness meditation to promote self-and other-compassion among war veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Spirituality in Clinical Practice5(3), 201.


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Live Webinar September 22- Moral Injury: An Overview of Conceptual, Definitional, Assessment, and Treatment Issues with Dr. Brett Litz
09/22/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
09/22/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes