Blog Posts

June 7, 2022

The Psychological Impact of the Surge in Mass Shootings

We’re experiencing a national trauma crisis. Can it change how we treat trauma? KEY POINTS Mass shootings are a collective trauma, regardless of where they occur. […]
September 2, 2020

Developing a Culturally Respectful Approach to Firearms Safety Conversations

Many have emphasized the need for mental health providers to have effective, culturally respectful conversations with those they serve. This is especially true when it comes to emotionally loaded conversations –
September 2, 2020

Is Combat Trauma the Most Common Source of Trauma Among Warriors? (No, not usually).

Many people in society—including a fairly large number of therapists—seem to think that veterans come back traumatized by what they see and do in combat.
September 2, 2020

Are Post-Traumatic Stress and Moral Injury the Same Thing?

Although they have some overlapping challenges, Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Moral Injury are not the same thing. A service member or veteran may have PTS, Moral Injury, or both. The mental state of someone with PTS is that of someone who feels unsafe...
September 2, 2020

What is a “Moral Injury?”

Based on more than a decade of walking with warriors in the trenches of mental warfare, I’ve observed that there are a number of fundamental paradoxes about the nature of moral injury that are not captured in our current understanding.