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Conference on Moral Injury for Chaplains, Mental Health Professionals, and Social Workers

Veterans Care Ministry

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (CST)

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The Conference on Moral Injury for Chaplains, Mental Health Professionals, and Social Workers will focus on the role of chaplains and social workers as caregivers to veterans at end of life who are dealing with the effects of moral injury from war. 

Moral injury is defined by feelings of guiltshameremorseangerdespairmistrustloss of meaningisolation is connected to other behavioral issues and is often associated with traumatic experiences.

Moral Injury from war is a prevalent issue among aging veterans who served in war. The Vietnam generation of veterans are beginning to come forward with their struggles seeking helping resources. There are few if any predictors of when the struggle with moral injury may occur or reoccur. End of life resolution may trigger these struggles and unresolved life review may impede a state of wellbeing for these persons. The conference proposes to provide timely and needed knowledge and practice insights for those charged with the spiritual and wellness concerns of veterans at end of life.

Conference Program Includes:

  • Define moral injury from war in the healthcare context

  • Keynote by Dr. John Buckner, MD

  • Video Life Story Presentations by Combat Veterans

  • Small Group Discussion by Discipline

  • Resource Tool-Kit

Hospice – Hospital – Home Health

CEUs available

Goals and Outcomes for the conference include:

  • Assist veterans who are at end of life reconcile the personal and moral struggle with the hidden wounds of war – helping these fight a personal war within with the courage that comes with and from a compassionate community of support

  • Recognize and honor the sacrifice, valor, and service of those who served in war

  • Provide participants a “tool kit” of knowledge and resources to enhance the scope and quality of care for veterans at end of life with moral injury from war

  • Provide sufficient incentive to enlist participants from all targeted organizations and skill sets throughout southwest Missouri hospices, hospitals, and home health organizations by offering quality content and the option for CEU credits related to their professional certification (the conference will meet criteria required by accrediting agencies for continuing education credits and certification)

  • Contribute to the perceived vacuum of knowledge about moral injury at end of life

  • Produce tools like charting inventories for assessing and validating the level of moral injury present at end of life care

  • Engage with the community of caregivers and health providers for learning that encourages greater collaboration for scope of practice and best practice models between and among care teams

  • Advocate for more systematic identification of veterans as they are admitted for care

  • Develop a process and resource for additional training events for those in the professional fields of health care and hospice

Conference Co-Leaders:

Elizabeth M. Lee, RN, BA, RSW, CHPN, Palliative and Hospice Care Specialist, Oxford HealthCare Office (417) 883-7500

Tommy Goode, DMin, The Baptist Home – Veterans Care Ministry Mobile (417) 860-3471 

We are grateful to Springfield-Greene County Library District Adult Programs for providing meeting space and technology at The Library Center in Springfield. We are grateful to Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks for providing funding grant. We are grateful to Oxford HealthCare and The Baptist Home for staffing and other resources.

Have questions about Conference on Moral Injury for Chaplains, Mental Health Professionals, and Social Workers? Contact Veterans Care Ministry

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The Library Center
4653 South Campbell Avenue
Springfield, MO 65810

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (CST)

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Veterans Care Ministry

Veterans Care Ministry is a ministry of The Baptist Home, Inc.   Veterans Care Ministry mission is Awareness-building, Mobilizing, Equipping, and Networking churches and communities to create a sustainable and reliable holistic web of care for military veterans and their families. 

This includes:


1)    Organizing community-based collaboratives to establish a sustainable and reliable web of care of persons, churches, and organizations


2)    Training pastoral staff, chaplains, and ministry leaders for effective ministry to veterans and their families


3)    Creating greater awareness of the needs and resources for veterans and their families


4)    Working with other community-based organizations and coalitions focused on veterans’ care


Veterans Care Ministry is a training partner with the VA Community Clergy Training Partnership



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