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Moral Injury in People with Torture and Refugee Trauma Experiences: From Research to Clinical Implications and Treatment

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Dr Joel Hoffman
Clinical Psychologist/Postdoctoral Fellow
Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program

Joshua Hall
Clinical Psychologist

People from refugee backgrounds are often exposed to traumatic events, which are not only life threatening, but can also involve moral violations. There is growing evidence that these moral violations can result in complex psychological responses to trauma, referred to as moral injury.  Outcomes associated with moral injury can involve emotional reactions which can go beyond traditional fear-based conceptualisations of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including emotions such as anger, shame and guilt. In this Clinical Master Class, held on 20 July 2022, Dr Hoffman provided an overview of moral injury research, including its original conceptualisations in non-refugee populations, working models of moral injury and emerging research in moral injury among refugee populations. Clinical implications were also shared regarding assessment and treatment of moral injury while working with people from refugee backgrounds. STARTTS’ work was demonstrated with a case study presented by Joshua Hall, a clinical psychologist and trainer at STARTTS.

View the two lectures and panel discussion by clicking on the course content below. When you are finished you can request the system send you a certificate of completion. The slide PDFs are available in the Materials tab above.

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