Moral injury workshop helps participants help others

Published: 8/8/2019 9:35:19 PM
Modified: 8/8/2019 9:35:09 PM

WORCESTER — A workshop about moral injury will feature of panel of experts trained to teach others about working with people who have suffered moral injury.

Healing Moral Injury: Pathways to Peace for the Soul is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St.

Moral injury is often called “a wound to the soul” and results from an act of perceived moral transgression. Emotional responses include guilt and shame and, in some cases, a sense of betrayal and anger.

The workshop is coordinated by The Brookfield Institute, which works with veterans and their families to prevent suicide, using education and outreach to help build resilience. Clear Path for Veterans in Devens is also collaborating on the event.

Presenters at the workshop include:

■Tony Riello, a Worcester Vet Center Counselor who continues active military service as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. He leads a weekly PTS support group for Vietnam combat vets and has broken new ground in stimulating conversation that leads to insight and to hope.

■Mary Heck, a counselor at the Manchester, NH, Vet Center who previously served active duty military at the U.S. Army War College and has been especially active in the development of Moral Injury programs for combat veterans.

■Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, Founder/Executive Director of Brookfield Institute, Beverly served as a pastor in local congregations for almost 40 years. Her trauma and resilient healing workshops have helped hundreds — from ravaged areas of Central America to New England towns.

■Jennifer Baublitz is an Assumption College adjunct professor and a military spouse of 15 years with experience as a program manager for military family support. She holds a Continued Advanced Graduate degree in resilience. She taught a course on “Resilience, Service Members, Veterans and Families” at Assumption College during the spring of 2019.

■Kevin Lambert is program administrator with NEADS, which provides service dogs for veterans. He was a recipient of the Army Commendation for Valor. He served in the US Army as an Infantry Team member and participated in over 600 combat patrols and missions as a light machine gunner in Iraq for 16 consecutive months. helped to create the MA dept. of Veterans Service Suicide and Prevention Program SAVE (Statewide Advocacy for Veterans Empowerment).

■Jeannine Germain is Executive Officer and Treasurer of Clear Path for Veterans (New England) and is the face — and often the voice on the phone — for a major new soldier/community initiative that is a visible roadway from combat service toward civic engagement for Veterans. A 25-year military wife, she and her husband Scott have raised two grown children and are now grandparents of two. Jeannine holds a Master of Education with counseling and psychology from Troy University.

■Ryan Casavant serves as a veteran outreach coordinator for Home Base. He’s also worked with Project Odyssey at the Wounded Warrior Project and is an ordained minister. He also has degrees in psychology and sociology. He served two combat tours as a U.S. Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan.

■Wesley Sanders, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist, Home Base, A Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, specializes in the treatment of PTSD and readjustment issues, including family and parenting difficulties. He provides both individual and group therapy services at Home Base. He is trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy and is a VA certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of PTSD.

The workshop costs $50, but is free for students and veterans. Cost of the workshop includes lunch and all materials.

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