About this Event
Monday, Oct. 5, 2020: “Conversations About Ethics” featuring Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Senior Vice President for Moral Injury Programs at Volunteers of America
Two free virtual events
- 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CDT:“What Makes Us Moral? Morality, Trauma and Moral Injury
- 7:00-8:30 p.m. CDT: Moral Injury and Its Challenges to Current Mental Health Models
In traumatic or stressful moments, individuals may act – or witness others acting – in ways that violate deeply held moral beliefs. This can cause “moral injury,” resulting in suffering due to emotions such as shame, guilt, remorse, outrage, despair, mistrust and self-isolation. Much research has focused on military service members or veterans, but studies also have identified moral injury among health care workers and others. This has particular relevance in a health care crisis when clinicians may face tough ethical decisions about triage and resource allocation.