Moral Injury and Suicidality across the Dissociative Spectrum: Effective Treatment using EMDR Therapy
April 14-15, 2018
Location: Soldier Center, Clarksville, TN
E. C. Hurley, PhD
This workshop is designed to assist clinicians in developing a level of clinical competency in these critical area. Participants will gain an understanding of these issues in order to provide effective treatment with clients as many regularly struggle to live each day.
Training objectives include:
1. Gain an understanding of the clinical issues involved in working with complex trauma both combat and military sexual assault.
2. Review the dissociative spectrum in treating complex trauma populations with suicidal ideation and moral wounds.
3. Discuss the concept of moral injury (MI) as a centuries old human experience of shame, guilt and violation of one's values addressed and treated by theologians/religious leaders, moral philosophers, and mental health providers through the centuries. The effective application of EMDR therapy in the treatment of MI will be presented.
4. List the signs and degrees of suicidual considerations, theoretical models and effective interventions.
5. Explore case studies from veterans with C-PTSD, dissociative exhibitions with moral injury, who discuss their repetitive suicial attempts while describing what therapists said to them which was counter-productive as well as helpful to their will to live.
Registration forms will be available and poster here shortly - check back to this site.
“The issue of suicide is an American public health crisis, but among veterans, we know it‘s an even bigger issue. And so we’ve deemed reducing veterans suicide our highest clinical priority,” said Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin."
Registration Form for Workshop April 14-15
Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) E. C. Hurley, PhD - a retired Army Colonel of 30+ years - has worked with military personnel and veterans from these wars who suffer with various psychological wounds including PTSD and moral injury. Reports indicate 20 veterans per day commit suicide. The demand has been so intense that some veterans report calling a national suicide hotline and being placed on hold due to the demand. A number of veterans say to Dr. Hurley, "Suicide is always an option" and "It is easier for me to die than the struggle to stay alive." Some veterans treated by the presenter note they struggle with moral injury wounds, complex PTSD symptoms and while in dissociative conditions attempted suicide 2-3 times.
The Presenter integrates his background including doctorates in Clinical Psychology and Pastoral Counseling with 30 years of military duty to address this critical need. Dr. Hurley is the Founder/Director of Soldier Center, a community based psychotherapy center in Clarksville, TN with a staff of eight full-time therapists who treat military personnel, veterans and their family members.