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Healing Moral Injury: Pathways to Peace for the Soul

  • Assumption College 500 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA, 01609 United States (map)
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Join us for a workshop on moral injury, its causes and ways to heal from it.

The workshop will be held at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St, Worcester, MA 01609, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Cost is $50, which includes lunch and material. No charge for veterans and students at Assumption College.

Participants will learn about what moral injury and why it is so debilitating, the causes of moral injury, and pathways to healing from moral injury. We will also create a network of therapists and clergy who are able to assist in the healing process for moral injury. 

Workshop leaders are:

  • Tony Riello, Worcester Vet Center. Tony is a Worcester Vet Center Counselor and continues active military service as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. He leads a weekly PTS support group for Vietnam combat vets and has broken new ground in stimulating conversation that leads to insight and to hope. Tony, a man of contrasts, is himself a combat veteran - a frequent marathon runner, a student of music, and a trained operatic singer.  

  • Mary Heck, Manchester Vet Center. A counselor at the Manchester, NH, Vet Center, Mary previously served active duty military at the U.S. Army War College and has been especially active in the development of Moral Injury programs for combat veterans. She helps each individual vet in understanding and in building her or his distinct story and voice, and in moving their lives along a path toward communalism. She helps combat veterans rebuild trust and self compassion, and – in time –to find personal meaning and healing.

  • Beverly Prestwood-Taylor, Brookfield Institute. Founder/Executive Director of Brookfield Institute, Beverly served as a pastor in local congregations for almost 40 years. She received a D.Min. focusing on community education in trauma healing. Her trauma and resilient healing workshops have helped hundreds - from ravaged areas of Central America to New England towns.

  • Jennifer Baublitz, Assumption College adjunct professor. Jennifer is a military spouse of 15 years with experience as a program manager for military family support. She holds a Continued Advanced Graduate degree in resilience. She taught a course on "Resilience, Service Members, Veterans and Families" at Assumption College during the spring of 2019. 

  • Kevin Lambert, NEADS. Kevin is program administrator with NEADs, which provides service dogs for veterans. He was a recipient of the Army Commendation for Valor. He served in the US Army as an Infantry Team member and participated in over 600 combat patrols and missions as a light machine gunner in Iraq for 16 consecutive months. helped to create the MA dept. of Veterans Service Suicide and Prevention Program SAVE (Statewide Advocacy for Veterans Empowerment).

    Lambert oversaw five outreach regions that work with federal, state and local governments, nonprofits and private organizations to help Veterans get the care they need. As Director of Special Populations Programs and Services, he helped to create a peer to peer based homeless outreach team for housing homeless veterans and preventing homelessness.

  • Jeannine Germain, Clear Path. MEd. As Executive Officer and Treasurer of Clear Path for Veterans (New England), Jeannine is the face -- and often the voice on the phone -- for a major new soldier/community initiative that is a visible roadway from combat service toward civic engagement for Veterans. A 25-year military wife, she and her husband Scott have raised two grown children and are now grandparents of two. Ms. Jeannine Germain previously worked at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research and Development Engineering Center. Jeannine holds a Master of Education with counseling and psychology from Troy University.

  • Ryan Casavant of Home Base. Ryan serves as a veteran outreach coordinator for Home Base. He’s also worked with Project Odyssey at the Wounded Warrior Project and is an ordained minister. He also has degrees in psychology and sociology. He served two combat tours as a U.S. Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Wesley Sanders, Ph.D. Staff Psychologist, Home Base, A Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program.

    Wesley specializes in the treatment of PTSD and readjustment issues, including family and parenting difficulties. He provides both individual and group therapy services at Home Base. He is trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy and is a VA certified provider of Cognitive Processing Therapy for the treatment of PTSD. He received his M.A. from the College of William & Mary and his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont. Dr. Sanders completed his internship at the VA Boston Healthcare System and his post-doctoral fellowship in the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD. He also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for 8 years, receiving an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant. His research interests focus on supporting military/veteran families, particularly during transition to civilian life.