Healing the Moral Injuries of War: Faith, Community, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A common but misleading assumption about combat trauma is that post-combat suffering is at root a technical problem in need of a technical solution. There are advantages to this understanding of traumatic suffering, but there are also problems. To see traumatic suffering, particularly moral injury, as a technical, medical problem can easily rob it of its moral significance.
Dr. Warren Kinghorn will address this issue and more in his presentation on Healing the Moral Injuries of War: Faith, Community, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Addiditional Background on Dr. Kinghorn and a recent sample of his writing can be found here: THE CHURCH AND THE RENEWAL OF HEALTH CARE
Dr. Kinghorn is a psychiatrist whose work centers on the role of religious communities in caring for persons with mental health problems and on ways in which Christians engage practices of modern health care. Jointly appointed within Duke Divinity School and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Duke University Medical Center, he is a staff psychiatrist and clinical teacher at the Durham VA Medical Center. Within the Divinity School, he works closely with students and faculty members interested in exploring the ways in which theology and philosophy might constructively inform Christian engagement with modern medicine and psychiatry. He is also co-director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative. His current scholarly interests include the moral and theological dimensions of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, the applicability of virtue theory to the vocational formation of pastors and clinicians, and the contributions of the theology and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas to contemporary debates about psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric technology, and human flourishing.