Course Details

October 2 – December 20, 2023

Registration closed on September 20, 2023

Enrollment Fee: $600-$800 sliding scale

Payment plan option available, as well as a special rate for VOA employees. Email us for more information.

* 30 continuing education credits offered for chaplaincy and social work, upon request.

Schedule for synchronous sessions forthcoming. Students will have access to course content on Teachable for a year (until October 1, 2024).

Course Description

Moral injury is the suffering people experience when in high-stakes situations, things go wrong, and harm results from something a person did, witnessed, failed to prevent, or received. First coined by Dr. Jonathan Shay in 1994 to refer to the "undoing of character" caused by the moral anguish of combat veterans, moral injury is a concept that has been growing in awareness and relevance among healthcare workers, first responders, social workers, journalists, activists, and others.

This course is designed to increase participants' knowledge of trauma, moral distress, and moral injury, drawing from research and work in various disciplines. These disciplines include the fields of social work, psychology, spiritual care, mental health counseling, religion, and arts and healing. It will also increase competency for developing and implementing peer support strategies for processing distressful experiences as a means of facilitating moral repair and building moral resilience. Learning content will be delivered through lectures, reading, participation in peer learning cohorts and practicums, and development of a capstone project.

The 50-hour course is comprised of synchronous sessions (12 hours group discussions, 9 hours practicums) and asynchronous study time (9 hours lecture videos, 20 hours readings and capstone project preparation). This averages to about 5 hours of engagement per course week.

All course content will be on the Teachable platform, which students will have access to for a year (until October 1, 2024). Access to good internet connection and a Zoom account (for synchronous sessions) is required for successful engagement.

Synchronous sessions schedule is forthcoming and will be dependent on total enrollment size and number of small groups.

Learning objectives of the program include the following:

Define Moral Injury

Define moral injury from various disciplines and for populations of interest; describe risk factors using relevant scales and data; relay effective practices for addressing moral injury.

Identity Best Practices for Recovery

Explain evidence-based programs for recovery; demonstrate skills for recovery, tailored for specific populations; identify strategies using arts, rituals, spiritual practices, group processes, creative technologies; peer support models in recovery processes.

Create a Capstone Project

Final project of choice: a programmatic strategy (to implement in a professional or communal context); an integrative paper (to demonstrate conceptual development); or a portfolio (e.g. popular education materials, toolkits, multimedia works, etc.)

Course Content

Each week will comprise of either lecture recordings or synchronous practicum sessions, with accompanying reading assignments. There will be live group discussions during lecture weeks.

Course topics include:

Week 1: What is Moral Injury?

Week 2: Processing Moral Injury (Practicum)

Week 3: Identifying Moral Injury & Risk Factors

Week 4: Religious, Spiritual, Cultural Traditions

Week 5: Dimensions of Recovery

Week 6: Strategies & Processes for Recovery

Week 7: Training in Moral Injury (Practicum)

Week 8: Practicing Moral Injury (Practicum)

Week 9: Capstone Project Preparation

Week 10 +1: Capstone Project Presentations (there is an extra week to offer flexibility in scheduling final project presentations)

A certificate of completion will be offered to students who complete the course, including the capstone project.

30 CEs in chaplaincy and social work available upon request.

* MIRAC alums will have the option to "skip" course portions that overlap with MIRAC content and be credited for those sections. More information provided upon request.

** Course content will be available on the Teachable platform starting October 2, 2023. Prep materials will be posted periodically in advance of the course start date.

We are thankful to the following consultation group members who provided their expertise and insights for the curriculum: Rev. Alice Cabotaje (M.Div., BCC, ACPE), Dr. Danielle Hairston (M.D.), Dr. Frederic G. Reamer (Ph.D.), Michael Van Wert (MPH, MSW, LICSW), Rev. Dr. Stephanie M. Crumpton (Ph.D.), Rev. Dr. Trace Haythorn (Ph.D.), Rev. Dr. Zachary Moon (Ph.D.)


Contact Us

Captions for lecture videos are available upon requests. Please email us in advance if you will need captions and/or are interested in continuing education hours.

Refund Policy

We follow Teachable's refund policy: a 30-day refund from the date of purchase. We will offer transfers or refunds for emergency situations (such as family death, illness) on a case by case basis. Refund requests that are submitted more than 30 days from the purchase date will incur administrative and payment processing fees.

Enrollment Size Disclaimer

This course requires a minimum of 12 registrants by the registration deadline. If the minimum is not met, those who have registered by the deadline will be notified of a postponement and can choose either a refund or a guaranteed slot for a future time the course is offered.

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion, students will receive a Certificate of Completion acknowledging they have received specialized training on moral injury. This course does not provide a credential and should not be confused with certification, which is an extensive process in professional fields with specific requirements.

This course is closed for enrollment.

Spring '23 Alum Testimonials

The MICP course allowed me to develop an entirely new comprehension and paradigm for moral concerns, injury, and existential experiences. The insightful, eye-opening facets are engaging for both tangible, practical approaches, as well as theoretical, philosophical, and research avenues. This is a beneficial, dynamic opportunity for all individuals to broaden their horizons and expand their growth.Andrea St.Hilaire

Without hesitation, I would re-enroll and experience the program all over again. It offered a timely and expansive educational and experiential learning opportunity regarding the pervasive phenomenon of moral injury. Highly relevant for both pastoral and clinical professionals alike. C.K., Licensed Mental Health Professional

This is a wonderful introduction to a topic that is critical to identify and commit to repair. This is the first fabulous option I have had to delve into this, and my personal and professional life has changed as a result of it. I absolutely support other curious minds to take this course and engage in depth in a supportive environment. Suetta Tenney, MD, FACP, Maine