Facilitator: Josh Mantz
Length: Up to 8 hours
Format: Digital (live via Zoom) or In-Person; custom tailored to your organization or team.
This cross-disciplinary workshop aims to introduce Law Enforcement professionals to the concept of moral trauma and its relevance to modern conflict and policing. This session draws from the disciplines of process-relational philosophy, moral psychology, psychological trauma, and counterinsurgency doctrine to deliver a comprehensive introduction to understanding moral trauma specific to the Law Enforcement professions and Post 9/11-era combat Veterans. Responsible phenomenological accounts are leveraged to provide a vivid understanding of how potentially morally injurious experiences (PMIE’s) manifest in real-time under traumatic conditions. A specific emphasis is placed on understanding trauma in the context of counterinsurgency and stability operations.
(1) Participants will be able to differentiate the 3 sources of psychological trauma including life-threat, traumatic loss, and moral injury specifically within the context of the law enforcement professions.
(2) Participants will be able to define moral injury. They will be able to explain the 3 primary determinants of guilt (responsibility, justification, wrongdoing), list 8 situational variables that influence the magnitude of guilt, and understand how these variables emerge within the modern operating environment.
(3) Participants will be able to evaluate the “moral landscape” of trauma by leveraging the variables of chronicity, intensity, and complexity.
(I) The Moral Landscape of Modern Combat & Policing
(II) The Science of Trauma: Life-Threat, Traumatic Loss, and Moral Injury
(III) Leadership and Resilience in the Modern Operating Environment