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Duke VA Psychiatrist: "Communities should walk patiently alongside veterans"

Posted by Ryan "Bud" Marr on Oct 26, 2015 9:42:00 AM


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.

PTSDMarineTherapyCertainly, the Veterans Affairs health care system and other health care systems need adequate resources to provide medical and psychiatric care for returning combat veterans. But perhaps even more than good medical care, veterans need individuals and communities who will commit to walk patiently alongside them, allowing them to tell their stories if and when they are ready to do so, even when these stories are distressing or complex or unbearably sad. 

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.

Join us in the Sullivan Center – Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Iowa Lecture Hall on the Mercy College campus 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday November 12, 2015

Refreshments will be served. FREE and open to the Public.

Free Registration

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.

Topics: Faith & Healing Speaker Series