New Developments in Our Understanding of Trauma: The Impact of Moral Injury and Spiritual Distress

Presented by the St. Kate’s-St. Thomas Area of Emphasis in Military Practice (AEMP) Scholars

Date & Time:

Friday, April 5, 2019
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM



FREE - Please register


McNeely Hall, MCH 100 - University of St. Thomas. 2060 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN, 55105


Program will begin at 5 pm, doors open at 4:30. Food / refreshments provided. Certificates of attendance for continuing education will be provided to social workers.

Timothy J. Usset

Timothy J. Usset

St. Kate’s - St. Thomas MSW Area of Emphasis in Military Practice (AEMP) Scholars invite you to our spring event focused on moral injury, featuring Timothy J. Usset, MDiv, MA, BCC, LMFT.


Moral injury and spiritual distress are emerging constructs in the fields of trauma research, treatment, and prevention. This presentation will discuss their current definitions in the literature, how they are measured, controversy surrounding their integration into trauma care, current treatments available, and their importance in delivering care to individuals experiencing PTSD. An interactive case vignette discussion will be integrated throughout this presentation as a means to help participants better understand how moral injury and spiritual distress may arise within work with veterans.


Timothy J Usset, MDiv, MA, BCC, LMFT is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Minnesota. Throughout his career, he has worked extensively with moral injury, spiritual distress, and post-traumatic stress disorder on numerous research projects and clinical areas within the VA. To date, he has co-authored seven articles in peer reviewed journals and given over 20 presentations around the country. Currently, Timothy is the chaplain for the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade, a research chaplain at the Center for Veterans Research and Education (Minneapolis VA), and fellow with the Transforming Chaplaincy project pursuing an MPH at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.


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