Moral Injury and Suicidality across the Dissociative Spectrum:
Effective Treatment using EMDR Therapy
To be repeated in 2019
Location: Soldier Center, Clarksville, TN
Frequently veterans with moral injury, enhanced by shame and survivor's guilt, suffering with complex PTSD with dissociative episodes say . . .
"Suicide is always an option" and
"Staying alive is more difficult than dying!"
Dr. Hurley, the presenter, reviews how veterans with moral injury and complex PTSD frequently struggle with suicide ideation. Veteran responses related to moral injury, and complex trauma frequently include altered states of awareness (dissociative episodes) - creating the storm for a dissociative suicidal act.
- clinical characteristics affiliated with complex PTSD, the dissociative spectrum, and moral injury
and their interactions which create compound symptom clusters.
- discuss the impact of chronic shame on moral injury, dissociation and suicidality.
- identify and manage dissociative exhibitions across the spectrum during EMDR therapy
- the evolving concept of moral injury, including shame and guilt, and its impact in suicidal ideation.
- approaches to effectively treat moral injury with EMDR therapy.
- working with suicide ideation among the veteran population while offering effective trauma
resolution/hope with EMDR therapy.
- the effective use of EMDR therapy's client-centered model in addressing complex trauma issues
and resolving moral injury and suicidal ideation issues.
Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) E. C. Hurley, PhD - a retired Army Colonel of 30+ years - has worked with military personnel and veterans from these wars who suffer with various psychological wounds including PTSD and moral injury. Reports indicate 20 veterans per day commit suicide. The demand has been so intense that some veterans report calling a national suicide hotline and being placed on hold due to the demand. A number of veterans say to Dr. Hurley, "Suicide is always an option" and "It is easier for me to die than the struggle to stay alive." Some veterans treated by the presenter note they struggle with moral injury wounds, complex PTSD symptoms and while in dissociative conditions attempted suicide 2-3 times.
The Presenter integrates his background including doctorates in Clinical Psychology and Pastoral Counseling with 30 years of military duty to address this critical need. Dr. Hurley is the Founder/Director of Soldier Center, a community based psychotherapy center in Clarksville, TN with a staff of eight full-time therapists who treat military personnel, veterans and their family members.