Update on CEU meetings for 2021 - The SAART board is diligently keeping a close eye on the recommendations from the medical community as well as government guidance to plan for our CEU trainings in 2021. We will most likely be continuing virtually through the summer, but will make a decision about the location of each meeting on a case by case basis throughout the year in order to follow the most current guidance at the time. Please watch your inbox for information about each particular meeting.
February Topic - Responding to Disaster: Understanding & Addressing Moral Injury in Front-Line Medical Professionals in the Age of Covid
Presenter: Brittany Leigh-Berry Lash, LPC-S
Coined in 2008 by Dr. Jonathan Shay, the term "moral injury" has, until recently, really only been used in the context of military service members and in conjunction with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In recent years, there has been increased interest in applying the concept into other professions; most notably first responders and medical providers. This has become even more prevalent now, in the “Age of COVID”. As we have grown to recognize moral injury in these and other populations, its impact has begun to be felt and seen in the scope of a national \'disaster\'; possibly resulting in the increased suicidality in these populations and potentially others. Often these professionals find themselves serving the most vulnerable individuals in our communities and helping them navigate a system that feels \'broken\'. At times, they and the individuals and communities they serve are placed in legal and ethical conundrums in order to navigate these harsh seas. This workshop will not only address the impact of moral injuries on first responder, medical/mental health providers, and low income communities; it will also utilize the FEMA disaster management cycle as a means to provide a hypothetical framework through which we can identify and address the challenge of moral injury.
At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant should be able to define moral injury and differentiate it from the psychiatric diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but also recognize the connection between these two concepts.
At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant should be able to identify the connection between moral injury and suicide rates in non-military populations such as first responders, medical professionals, mental health professionals, and other front-line workers in the COVID crisis.
At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant should be able to identify the parts of the FEMA disaster management model (Mitigate, Prepare, Respond, and Recover) and work with the instructor to identify ways that this model could be used to address the pending crisis in these individuals and communities and its potential usefulness as a tool to do so.
About the Presenter:
Brittany Lash is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in the state of Texas. She is a firebrand therapist specializing in crisis intervention, disaster response, risk assessment, community needs assessments, and policy development. A natural adrenalin junkie, she has provided community-based clinical services in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Texas for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness in crisis or crisis recovery.
She is a trainer for the San Antonio Police Department\'s Crisis Intervention Team training (CIT) and has provided additional clinical trainings to mental health professionals on risk assessment, collaborating with first responders, and understanding the Texas mental health system. She was part of the mental health disaster response for Hurricane Harvey as part of the Dallas Emergency Response Team and the local mental health authority. She is also a blogger for the American Counseling Association. She currently is the clinical manager for the behavioral health programming at a hospital in San Antonio, TX and the owner of Firebird Counseling + Consulting.