Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care and Moral Injury: Considerations Regarding Screening and Treatment
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Abstract: Moral injury is a complex trauma related
syndrome involving a correlation of biological, psychological, social, and
spiritual symptoms that can have substantial impact upon health and well-being.
This paper argues for a holistic bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to moral
injury, by including chaplaincy in the screening and treatment of moral injury
among actively serving military members and retired veterans. As part of the
moral injury treatment process, and in alignment with the World Health
Organization's Spiritual Intervention Codings, a new technique is proposed,
“Pastoral Narrative Disclosure” (PND), as a guide for chaplains and others
trained in spiritual care to assist those suffering from moral injury.