Cognitive Therapy for Moral Injury in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Murray H., Ehlers A.
© 2021 British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. Moral injury is the profound psychological distress which can arise following participating in, or witnessing, events which transgress an individual's morals and include harming, betraying, or failure to help others, or being subjected to such events, e.g. being betrayed by leaders. It has been primarily researched in the military, but it also found in other professionals such as healthcare workers coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and civilians following a wide range of traumas. In this article, we describe how to use cognitive therapy for PTSD (CT-PTSD) to treat patients presenting with moral injury-related PTSD. We outline the key techniques involved in CT-PTSD and describe their application to treating patients with moral injury-related PTSD. A case study of a healthcare worker is presented to illustrate the treatment interventions.