Programs and Events

National Conference

For the healing of the nation – January 11, 2022

Understanding Moral Injury in the Wake of the Pandemic

In-person at Washington National Cathedral and livestream access

Upcoming Events

Moral Injury Recovery in the Aftermath of COVID is for chaplains, clergy, and spiritual care providers who want to learn more about moral injury and experience strategies for supporting recovery in congregations, communities, or workplaces. It is a one-day course being offered multiple times. Register by course date (trainings are from 12 to 8:30 pm Eastern):

Military Moral Injury monthly webinar series by The Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, co-sponsored by Volunteers of America.

  • November 10, 2021 — "Strategies for Supporting Veterans: Learning from the Interfaith Veterans Workgroup"

Peer Support Conversations

The Center is training facilitators to offer online group conversations about moral distress and moral injury to veterans and medical workers. When preparations are completed, a schedule of conversation opportunities will be posted here.

Resilience Strength Time (ReST)

ReST is online peer support to help front line care workers stay resilient and maintain positive commitments to the field of caregiving. Confidential, small group sessions facilitated by trained peers provide the opportunity for sharing, reflection and self-care to relieve moral distress.

If you want to learn more about ReST and how it can help frontline workers like you, please watch this short video.

Hope for Moral Injury

Resilience Strength Training or RST: A New Program for Military Veterans

RST is a program that helps military veterans process moral injury and other difficult life experiences that interfere with their ability to thrive and have satisfying lives. The evidence-based pilot project, funded by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, processed a total of 95 veterans in Los Angeles and New York City. The first group met in early November 2017 and the last group took its last survey at the end of October 2019. Research results will be published in 2020.

What is Resilience Strength Training?

CBS Shines Light on Moral Injury and RST

Understanding Moral Injury: What Can We Do?

Plans are underway to expand the use of RST to new populations and, as funding is secured, we will announce new plans via our newsletter. In addition, the Shay Moral Injury Center has teams of facilitators and program staff who are available to help operate groups. If your organization is interested in trying the RST program with veterans in your area, contact Rita Nakashima Brock, PhD, at rbrock@voa.org.

Past National Conferences

MORAL INJURY AND PATHWAYS TO RECOVERY CONFERENCE - MAY 29-31, 2019

MORAL INJURY AND COLLECTIVE HEALING - SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2017