Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Depatment of Veterans Affairs - Perry Point, MD
9th Street
Building 314 (Gym/Theater)
Perry Point, MD 21902

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Heather Buckland, Program Manager

PTSD and Moral Injury: Neurobiology, Assessment And Treatment 



Program Description:

Morality refers to a code of values and customs that guide social conduct. When an action cannot be accommodated or assimilated moral injury and resulting guilt and shame can be presenting emotions causing disruption in an individual’s life.The neurobiology, goals for treatment and therapeutic approaches are different for moral injury ascompared to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Although there is overlap in symptoms, moral injurymay present with reexperiencing and avoidance symptoms but not the hyperarousal symptoms observedwhen a real or perceived life-threating situation is encountered. Extinction is not the goal in the treatmentof moral injury. This skills-training event will provide clinicians with a treatment model and rationale for approaching those suffering the guilt and shame of moral injury. For diagnostic purposes, PTSD and moral injury will be compared and contrasted.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe differences in the neurobiology of moral injury as compared to PTSD. 
  • Describe the differences in treatment approach when comparing PTSD with moral injury.
  • Discuss the differences in treatment goals for the management of moral injury compared to PTSD.
  • Discuss and implement a treatment model for the management of guilt and shame associated withmoral injury.
  • Describe in DSM-5 terms the difference in presenting symptoms when comparing PTSD with those ofmoral injury.
  • Describe moral injury by understanding case examples.


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Registration will close 2 days prior to the program date. We do accept onsite registrations. 

Cost: (includes light continental breakfast and lunch)

  • $85 General Community
  • $30 Department of Veterans Affairs Employee
  • $45 Eastern Shore Hospital Center Employee
    • If registering as a Department of Veterans Affairs Employee you are REQUIRED to provide proof of employment at program check in, with your Federal government issued Department of VA ID badge. If you do not have your badge you will not be granted access to the program or you can choose to pay the regular rate.

Additional Costs

  • $10 - APA Certficiate fee

Continuing Education

  • 5.5 contact hours
  • Maryland Social Workers – Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners: "The Chesapeake Health Education Program Inc. is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program.  This training qualifies for Category 1 continuing education credits."
  • Certified Counselors - National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC):"Chesapeake Health Education Program Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6140.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Chesapeake Health Education Program is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. "
  • Addiction Counselors - National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC): "This course has been approved by CHEP as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider for 5.5 CEs.  NAADAC provider number 62665, CHEP is responsible for all aspects of their programing."
  • Physicians – AMA PRA Category 1: Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc. is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Psychologists - American Psychological Association (APA):  Chesapeake Health Education Program Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Chesapeake Health Education Program Inc.  maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Survey and Certificates:  A link to complete a post event survey and obtain access to a certificate will be provided electronically via email within 48 hours after the completion of the event.
  • Target Audience: Addiction Counselors, Certified Counselors, Nurses, Psychologists, Physicians, Social Workers

Speaker Information:

Dr. Cardwell C. Nuckols is described as “one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in NorthAmerica.” He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 40 years and for the last 25 years isconsidered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery.Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 65 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks,50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His latest book is entitled Finding Freedom Through Illumination: Realizing Christ Consciousness. His previous publication is a best seller entitled The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding. Dr. Nuckols’ first book Cocaine:Dependency to Recovery is also a trade best seller, as are, his booklets Quitting Heroin, Quitting Alcoholand Quitting Marijuana (Hazelden). He is the author of the book Healing an Angry Heart (HCI) and videoChalk Talk on Drugs with Father Martin (Kelly Productions).Dr. Nuckols’ background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology,neurobiology and psychology. His personal spiritual path has involved studies into various spiritualtraditions predominately early Contemplative Christianity.


  • A light continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided.

Evaluation & Certificate:

  • All attendees are required to sign in in order to receive credits. Sign in sheets will be unavailable 30 minutes after the start of the program.
  • An evalution will be emailed to you within 48 hours of the program's completion. Once you complete & submit this evaluation you will automatically receive a certificate of attendance electronically. 

Cancellation Policies

Click here to review CHEP's cancellation policy

Programs Cancelled by CHEP

  • CHEP reserves the right to cancel a program due to insufficient enrollment or any unforeseen circumstances.
  • CHEP will post program cancellations to our program webpage and on social media outlets.
  • Every effort will be made to notify participants of the cancellation via email.
  • In cases of extreme weather, a public announcement will be made on Baltimore WBAL radio station (AM 1090) when possible.
  • Registration fees will be fully refunded if CHEP is unable to re-schedule a cancelled a program.
  • Credit card processing fees will apply on refunds made on credit card payments for cancelled programs not able to be rescheduled.
    • See refund options below for details.

Programs Cancelled by a Registrant

  • Cancellations must be received by email or by phone two business days prior to the program date.
  • Cancellation Refund Options:
    • A refund less a $10 processing fee will be provided.
    • A voucher or registration transfer for full registration fee to be used within 6 months of the cancellation.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs employee cancellations can only receive a voucher - no refunds.
  • No refund or voucher will be given for cancellations received on or after the program date.


  • Vouchers are transferable and may be used toward a future program prior to the expiration date.
  • Original vouchers must be presented at the day of the program.
  • Vouchers cannot be exchanged for money and will not be reissued after the expiration date.