Post Conference Workshop

'My Soul Is Lost': Working with Moral Injury and Soul Loss as an Aspect of Combat-related Dissociation in Military Veterans

Monday, March 26
1:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Kimball

In his Keynote address at the 2017 EMDRIA Conference, Dr. Harold Kudler, a psychiatrist with the Veterans Administration, said that his deepest wish is that every mental health professional across the country ask every one of our clients whether they have served in the U.S. Military.  For a variety of reasons, many Military Veterans and family members do not identify as such. This is, in part, due to stigma around seeking mental health care. It is also out of fear that clinicians will be afraid to work with them because they are often portrayed in the media as a scary bunch. It can also be out of concern, expressed by some clinicians, that they are inadequately trained to work with this population, and that after they ask the question, then what? The purpose of this workshop is to answer, “Then, what?”


The workshop will define Moral Injury as the Military understands it, as well as from an existential/spiritual perspective. It will illustrate the existing assessment tool for Moral Injury and introduce a new scale that the presenter co-authored. Moral Injury repair will be demonstrated through a case study on a Marine combat veteran who said he felt he had lost his soul on the battlefield. Soul was viewed as a dissociated part, and integrated using EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy from a Structural Dissociation of the Personality model. The efficacy of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in Moral Injury repair with groups of Military Veterans will be illustrated as provocative evidence that Military Veterans need supportive community to heal. 

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Eva J. Usadi

Founder/Executive Director
Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc.
New York, NY

Eva Usadi, MA, BCD is Founder and Executive Director of Trauma and Resiliency Resources, and Clinical Director of its award-winning Warrior Camp® program, specifically designed to heal trauma and prevent suicide in a military veteran population. TRR’s Warrior Camp® has a 100% survival rate post programs, having lost no one to suicide. Ms. Usadi holds certifications in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, EMDR Therapy, and as a 200-hour RYT Yoga Teacher. She has advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and holds a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center in Boston, MA. In private practice in NYC, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of Complex PTSD (attachment/ developmental trauma), Combat Trauma, and Moral Injury. She is a contract therapist for FDNY since 2001, and a preferred provider for Doctors Without Borders. Ms. Usadi has taught courses and presented at numerous conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. She is the daughter of a World War II Veteran and the mother of a First Responder.

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