About this course

Moral injury is seldom talked about in emergency response work, but due to the nature of their work and the innate sense of duty and service many responders feel, they are at high risk of suffering from it. This course addresses the similarities and differences between moral distress and moral injury, how it occurs, and strategies to help combat it when it does. Though this course is intended to be part of the peer support bundle of coursework, it is highly advantageous for agency leaders, supervisors, or other responders who may be trying to support a peer through a traumatic event for which they feel responsible.

Learning objectives

  • Discuss what moral distress and moral injury are and identify examples of each.

  • Discover risk factors and protective factors to moral injury in the responder population.

  • Discuss intervention strategies others can use if a fellow responder is suffering from or showing signs of moral injury.