The US psychiatrist Dr Jonathan Shay coined the term ‘moral injury’ more than 30 years ago as a way to describe the psychological and spiritual damage to Vietnam war veterans he was treating who experienced a ‘violation of what’s right by a person in a position of authority in a high-stakes situation’.
Join this free webinar on Thursday 10 November 2022 to launch the new International Centre for Moral Injury (ICMI) at Durham University and to learn about the Centre’s vision and the promise of future avenues of collaborative research on moral injury.
The purpose of the centre will be to create a hub that will produce and receive new scholarship on moral injury, facilitate new research by building networks of academic scholars, military officers, chaplains, and clergy, and create and develop resources for pastoral counselors, spiritual caregivers, churches and faith organizations caring for morally injured individuals.
All these aims serve the centre’s ultimate goal of increasing an understanding of the causes and impacts of moral injury and facilitating increased care of those suffering from it. As research and understanding increases, our awareness of moral injury suffered beyond combat and begins to focus attention into areas such as emergency services, healthcare workers and law enforcement personnel, it is envisioned that the centre’s work will incorporate these contexts into its orbit as well.
The work of the centre will be introduced and discussed by the Executive Director, the Revd Dr Brian Powers, Assistant Professor (Research), Vann Fellow in Christianity and the Armed Forces; the Revd Wendy Cooper, Associate Priest in the Diocese of Salisbury and member of the ICMI Research and Development Group, and The Venerable Stephen Robbins CB, former Chaplain General of the British Army and Archdeacon for the Army in the Church of England, and member of the ICMI Steering Group.
Trajectories of Moral Injury: Future Research, Tensions, and Cross-Cultural Collaborations
Thursday 10 November 2022
6pm GMT | 1pm EST | 10am PST | 7pm CET