Moral Injury Following Traumatic Events: Working with Clients Who Have Violated Their Conscience

Moral Injury Following Traumatic Events: Working with Clients Who Have Violated Their Conscience

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When clients experience overwhelming grief or moral injury after trauma, it can create difficult roadblocks to recovery. Many clinicians struggle with how to help clients navigate feelings related to “survivor’s guilt,” self-blame, or shame, which can feel intractable. This seminar presents to attendees nine steps for addressing, managing, and reducing moral injury, which can occur when clients believe that a trauma was a result of their own actions (and, sometimes it is).

This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Define “moral injury” and name at least two populations who tend to experience moral injury.

b). State the nine steps for working therapeutically with moral injury.

c). Identify one way in which moral injury differs from PTSD.


Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counsellors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.



Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, and the neuroscience of mental health. She completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University), and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University.


Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates. She formerly served as the President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is the current President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 10,000 mental health professionals in her workshops.


Dr. Sweeton is the author of the book Trauma Treatment ToolboxHer latest book is Eight Key Brain Areas of Mental Health and Illness (2021).

This online workshop will give you instant access to 1 session of video content, accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloadable PowerPoint slides. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


The duration of this workshop is 1.5 learning hours.


Please click the green ‘Mark Complete’ button on each module as you progress. A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a short assessment quiz. If the certificate is not showing, please confirm you have marked all sections as ‘Complete’. Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online workshop.