Offering Moral Injury Education and Recovery Services

The Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America is dedicated to education and research on moral distress and moral injury and to the provision of recovery strategies that are contextual, adaptable and scalable. We implement recovery programs in partnership with VOA’s affiliates, as well as other organizations, communities and institutions. We educate professionals in diverse fields, including chaplaincy, social services, mental health, healthcare, spiritual care and ministry.

What is moral injury?

Moral injury is the suffering people experience when we are in high-stakes situations, things go wrong, and harm results. The suffering is grounded in our moral conscience, which struggles to make sense of devastating experiences that challenge our identities, deepest moral codes, and ability to trust in others or ourselves. The harm may be something we did, something we witnessed, something we failed to prevent, or something that was done to us. It results in moral emotions such as shame, guilt, outrage, and sorrow, and withdrawal from significant relationships.

The Shay Moral Injury Certificate Program


Moral Injury Certificate Program (MICP) – A ten-week online course for spiritual caregivers, chaplains, social workers, clinicians, and educators seeking to integrate moral injury-informed care in their work and communities. Certificate of completion offered and continuing education units available for chaplains, social workers, and medical workers.

Register for the course running from April 24 to July 9, 2023:
Early bird registration rate: $400 (until March 1)
Regular registration rate: $500 (until April 7)

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