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When: Friday, October 12th
Registration and Networking starts at 9:30 AM, Presentation runs from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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Springfield Country Club
8301 Old Keene Mill Road
Springfield, Virginia  22152
United States
Lisa Kruger, PhD, LPC, NCC
Melat Johnson

Registration Information
Online registration is available until: 10/12/2018

Moral Injury and Military Combat Culture

-1.5 Credit Hours

Dr. Lisa E. Kruger, PhD, LPC

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Early bird pricing ends the Sunday before the Event. Regular pricing is until the day before the event.

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About the Event:

Military service members are trained to protect their country at the cost of their physical and emotional well-being. But what are the impacts of warzone exposure that conflict with core beliefs about the self as a moral being?  Explanations of primary constructs of moral injury (pathological shame and guilt), and how individual appraisals of warzone experiences contribute to its development will be discussed. The presenter will also share a recent study that explored moral injury through an attachment lens and discuss how attachment orientation intersects the relationship between combat exposure and moral injury in combat Veterans.  The information from this presentation can be used to address how we as clinicians can better understand the phenomenon of moral injury to create appropriate effective therapeutic interventions, thereby leading to better mental health outcomes for those exposed to potentially traumatic events in combat. 


Learning Objectives:

1)      Advance the conceptual understanding of symptoms of moral injury (shame and guilt) and how the development of attachment influences moral                    development.

2)      Identify areas of weakness in current PTSD treatment models, and the necessity of considering interpersonal and affective factors in treatment of                  shame and guilt with military clients.

3)      Understand how internal working models and attachment orientation influences the relationship between combat exposure and moral injury.

4)      Address specific characteristics of insecure attachment orientations that relate to shame- and guilt-proneness. 


Earn 1.5 Contact Hours for attending this event.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Kruger is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and D.C. She has been practicing in the counseling field for over 13 years, providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in areas including mood disorders, addiction, and PTSD/trauma. She earned a PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision from George Washington University and a MS in Counseling from Georgia State University.  She currently works in her own private practice in Old Town and Dupont Circle locations.  In addition, she is a Virginia board-approved supervisor, and provides clinical supervision to LPC residents. Her research interests center around veterans’ issues and the psychological impacts of war and trauma.  She has presented on her dissertation topic of moral injury at national and regional conferences.  

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As part of our networking opportunities, we invite all members to bring their marketing materials to display, and/or to introduce themselves during our 2-minute introductions. Please let us know that you are interested when you RSVP.

NVLPC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6130. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NVLPC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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