Marsh Center Webinar

Understanding and Ministering to those with Moral Injuries.


October 19 , 2023
2:30pm-4:30pm (CDT)

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God calls us as chaplains, ministers, and counselors to help those who are suffering. Some injuries are not clearly visible but can be devastating to the individual and their family. One of the most understudied and least understood traumas is moral injury. Moral Injury is more pervasive than we typically acknowledge. It is a theological, psychological, and developmental issue.

Chaplains, ministers, and Christian counselors are uniquely qualified, with the proper training, to assist in helping those suffering from moral injury. This webinar will assist in understanding moral injury, its symptoms, and how spiritual caregivers can play a pivotal role in helping those injured break its negative influence. Working with other clinical professionals creates an alliance of hope for those who suffer from this debilitating injury.

According to the National Center for PTSD, moral injury describes when people may perpetrate, fail to prevent, or witness events that contradict deeply held moral beliefs and expectations in traumatic or unusually stressful circumstances. Moral injury may result when someone does something contrary to or fails to do something in line with their beliefs. Additionally, moral injury can develop due to witnessing behaviors that go against an individual’s values and moral beliefs. Guilt, shame, disgust, anger, and a negative impact on an individual’s spirituality are some hallmark moral injury reactions. [1]

Moral injury is not limited to those who served on the battlefield but can be caused by traumatic events, as R. R. Ganzevoort stated in Practical Theology, “that shatter a person’s integrity and induce powerlessness and estrangement irrespective of the source of those events.” [2]

The Marsh Center for Chaplain Studies and B. H. Carroll Theological Seminary will host a panel of three experts to address this complex issue. Please register so we can help individuals and families find healing for the wounding of their souls.

[1] PTSD: National Center for PTSD, Moral Injury. Sonya B. Norman, PhD and Shira Maguen, PhD. Accessed August 3, 2023.

[2] Ganzevoort, R. R. (2008). Scars and stigmata: Trauma, identity and theology. Practical Theology, 1, 19—31.

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Marsh Center Webinar

Guest Speakers

Dr. Ryan Rogers

Dr. Ryan Rogers, President
PTSD Foundation of America

Dr. Ryan Rogers, a U.S. Army Veteran, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He joined the PTSD Foundation of America on Veterans Day 2019. Ryan received his Doctorate in Human Service (D.H.S.) in 2021 and his MBA in 2015. Ryan is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Safe Talk, and Mental Health First Aid and is an ASIST and Safe Talk trainer.

Website:  PTSD Foundation of America

: Dr. Ryan Rogers

Dr. David Tharp

Dr. David Tharp, President and CEO / Co-Founder
Project Healing Heroes

Dr. David Tharp is a clinical psychologist and ordained minister who is both a combat veteran and a former first responder. Dr. Tharp co-founded Project Healing Heroes in 2016 to facilitate resiliency and reintegration for other combat veterans, service members, first responders, and their family members as they serve our nation at home and abroad. Through his experiences and clinical work, he recognized that PTSD and suicide are two of the most challenging issues facing our veterans and first responders today. David served as the PTSD Program Manager at the VA Medical Center in Waco, TX, the third largest PTSD program in the country for the Department of Veterans Affairs, earning numerous state and national awards. He completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for nine years, spent eight years working as a hospital and hospice chaplain. He has written nine books to date on trauma, PTSD and resilience. His newest program, five years in the making, is entitled UP ARMOR, a 50-week, faith-based, peer-led trauma treatment program that integrates research, mental health, and spirituality in addressing trauma, moral injury, and survivor guilt.

Website:  Project Healing Heroes

: Dr. David F. Tharp



The PTSD Foundation of America aims to bring hope and healing to veterans and their families suffering from the effects of combat-related post-traumatic stress. We are a 501(c)(3) organization that began as a grassroots effort in 2005 with a group of concerned volunteers who searched for homeless veterans on the streets of Houston with a vision and passion for drastically reducing the veteran suicide rate through programming and outreach services.

Project Healing Heroes empowers combat veterans, service members, first responders, and their families to resolve trauma through awareness, resilience, and support.

The Marsh Center for Chaplain Studies, a chaplain-focused endeavor of B. H. Carroll Theological Seminary with an extensive advisory team, is building collaborative relationships with seminaries, organizations, and institutions to “equip, support, and advocate for chaplains in all settings.”

B. H. Carroll Theological Seminary exists to serve Christ and his church through the worldwide provision of affordable, high-quality, accessible and accredited theological education. Wherever there is Internet access, there is a classroom. Whether global or local, we equip students through the teaching of dedicated professors who are academically well-qualified, experienced in the diverse ministries of the church, and missions-minded.