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Digital Seminar

Moral Injury: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Interventions for Trauma, Guilt, Shame, and Anger

Wyatt Evans, PhD, ABPP
Approx. 6 Hours
Aug 18, 2023
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Moral injury is the missing piece of trauma treatment...

And it’s dangerous to overlook.

Moral injury is the deep, soul-level pain that wreaks havoc under the surface of trauma. It’s the plague of guilt, shame, and anger that causes your clients to withdraw inside themselves... that makes their PTSD symptoms so much more impairing... that triggers life-threatening depression and self-destructive behaviors.

Whether your client faced the extreme betrayal and unjustified brutality of abuse, racism, or political violence... or was forced to be in a position of power making impossible decisions like military personnel, healthcare workers, and first responders do every day.

Trauma processing alone is not enough to address moral injury, and may make things worse.

Now is your chance to get up-to-date training that will finally complete your trauma toolbox! Wyatt Evans, PhD, ABPP, is a specialist in moral injury theory, assessment, and intervention. During this dynamic training, he’ll walk you step-by-step through Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) skills and interventions so you can:

  • Help your clients get unstuck from morally-painful thoughts and feelings
  • Cultivate clients’ vitality through forgiveness and self-compassion
  • Foster growth and resilience by creating purposeful engagement with your clients’ most important values

PURCHASE TODAY to help your clients get back to living!


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Wyatt R. Evans, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed and board-certified psychologist who specializes in moral injury theory, assessment, and interventions. He is a staff psychologist with the VA North Texas Health Care System and assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Evans’ expertise in posttraumatic stress, resilience, and recovery comes from his training a work in military treatment facilities, veterans affairs hospitals, and PTSD research institutions. He is lead author of The Moral Injury Workbook and founded the Moral Injury Special Interest Group of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). Dr. Evans has consulted with healthcare providers and administrators as well as organizations supporting emergency mangers and first responders to support the recognition, prevention, and treatment of moral injury.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Wyatt Evans has employment relationships with University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, Plano Outpatient Clinic, University of North Texas, and Central Texas College. He receives royalties as a published author. Wyatt Evans receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Wyatt Evans is a member of the American Board of Professional Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He is an examiner for the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. Wyatt Evans received grants from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation.

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  1. Assess moral injury exposure and experiences.
  2. Differentiate natural moral pain, functionally impairing moral injury, and PTSD.
  3. Construct a moral injury-informed case conceptualization to inform selection of treatment interventions.
  4. Utilize cognitive defusion techniques to shift clients’ relationship to their thoughts about morally injurious events.
  5. Develop opportunities for clients to engage with moral values that were violated in the past.
  6. Utilize mindfulness, compassion, and forgiveness strategies to reduce moral injury.


Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is Optional

  • Identify morally injurious events, transgressions, and betrayals
  • Typical aftermath of moral injury and where suffering arises
  • How to help clients understand the social function of moral emotions
  • Assessment strategies to recognize moral injury
  • Distinguish PTSD, depression, anxiety, and more from moral injury
  • Case example – complicated assessment of moral injury

Interventions to Target Beliefs Fueling Moral Injury

  • Potential pitfalls of traditional cognitive interventions - why ACT fits
  • How the relationship to moral pain can cause suffering
  • Challenge beliefs with compassion and emphasis on common humanity
  • Utilize openness to experience
  • Position personal values as criteria of truth
  • Cognitive defusion techniques to cultivate freedom from suffering
  • How to understand the self in the context of moral injury
  • Case example – working with “sticky” thoughts after moral injury

Behavioral Interventions for Guilt, Shame, Disgust, and Disillusionment

  • Strategies to help clients establish presence and willingness
  • Acceptance versus extinction - the role of exposure
  • Values clarification – re-evaluation, realignment, and release
  • Behavioral activation rooted in values
  • Use of mindfulness to cultivate compassion and forgiveness of self
  • How to overcome barriers to valued action
  • Case example – working with unwillingness

Clinical Considerations

  • Integrate ACT with trauma processing and other approaches
  • How to speak hexaflex - framing psychological flexibility as a goal
  • Troubleshooting when clients are stuck in moral pain
  • Manage therapist avoidance and strong emotional reactions
  • Ethics of values clarification
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Other Mental Health Professionals
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses


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