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Moral injury has become commonly used phrase to describe some of the difficult internal experiences that show up in the aftermath of moral challenges and values violations. But are emotions like guilt and anger necessarily dysfunctional? This workshop will begin by helping participants to notice the difference between moral pain – the sign of an intact moral compass – and the excruciating suffering of moral injury. Doing so will help clinicians to avoid pathologizing, invalidating, and attempting to “fix” thoughts and feelings that are values-based, socially functional, and part of healthy living. Facilitating moral healing requires an informed and precise conceptualization of the sufferer’s lived experience along with a broad repertoire of traditional and contemporary interventions.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is particularly well suited to foster mindful awareness of the reality of wrongdoing and intentional (re)alignment to core values. This workshop will teach participants ACT processes and practices for enhancing mindfulness, cultivating compassion, fostering forgiveness, and engaging values. With the knowledge and skills provided, clinicians will be able to facilitate healing, growth, and resilience by connecting their clients to a sense of vitality, to their essential self, and to enlivened connection to the world.



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Attendance and Location Details


Date and Time


Friday, October 25, 2024 8:00am to 12:00pm CST / 9:00am to 1:00pm EST / 6:00am to 10:00am PST


*Zoom link will be made available to you 24-48 hours prior to event date.



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Identify characteristics of potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs) and distinguish natural moral pain from the functionally impairing moral injury as well as from symptoms of PTSD.

b). Construct a nuanced case conceptualization and target ACT interventions to competently and effectively address moral injury.

c). Learn and describe how to engage processes of moral healing including mindfulness, compassion, and forgiveness in the context of evidence-based therapy.

d). Learn how to enable clients to align and engage with moral values, including those violated in the context of past PMIE exposure.


Target Audience:

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


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Wyatt R. Evans, PhD, ABPP

Material Author(s): Wyatt R. Evans, PhD, ABPP

Wyatt R. Evans, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist board certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology. He is a staff psychologist and the associate training director with the VA North Texas Health Care System, clinical psychologist in the U.S. Army Reserve, and assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Evans received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in 2017, completing clinical training at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a pre-doctoral internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, and a clinical research fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio with the STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD. Dr. Evans’ expertise in posttraumatic stress, resilience, and recovery comes from his training and work in military treatment facilities, veterans affairs hospitals, and PTSD research institutions. He is also an expert in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and he has co-developed programs for utilizing ACT to treat moral injury, enhance resilience, and facilitate posttraumatic growth. Dr. Evans is the lead author of The Moral Injury Workbook and has published on moral injury theory, assessment, and interventions. He founded the Moral Injury Special Interest Group of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and continues to collaborate with researchers and clinicians internationally to advance the field of moral injury. Dr. Evans has consulted with healthcare providers and administrators as well as organizations supporting emergency managers and first responders to guide the recognition, prevention, and treatment of moral injury.

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