Mind Matters: An Exploration of PTSD, SUD, Moral Injury and Trauma Related Guilt

Location Details
Virtual event
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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) rarely occurs on its own yet comorbid conditions can complicate treatment and impact treatment outcomes. In this lecture, we will learn about two common co-occurring conditions. First, we will discuss comorbidity of PTSD and substance use disorder (SUD). SUD is one of the most prevalent comorbidities among those with PTSD. Topics will include why these two disorders often co-occur and how those who have both differ from those who have either PTSD or SUD in terms of their physical and mental health and treatment outcomes. We will review research on how to effectively treat those who have both PTSD and SUD. The majority of this part of the lecture will be on clinical strategies to use when treating clients who have PTSD+SUD.

The second part of the talk will focus on moral injury and trauma-related guilt. These can occur when in the course of a traumatic event, someone perpetrates or witnesses acts that go against deeply held values and then must live with ramifications of these events. We will define and discuss types of potentially morally injurious events, who may develop moral injury from such events, and the core features of moral injury. We will talk about some controversies in this relatively new area of study and discuss treatments under investigation. Dr. Norman will share her research on the guilt and shame aspects of trauma and moral injury and give a session-by-session overview of Trauma-Informed Guilt Reduction Therapy (TrIGR), a psychotherapy to reduce guilt stemming from trauma and moral injury.


Dr. Sonya Norman, PhD,  Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Director of the PTSD Consultation Program for the National Center for PTSD.

Target Audience

This training is suitable for mental health professionals including psychiatrists, family physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, psychotherapists, counsellors, psychologists, behaviour analysts, and social workers, students etc.. 

Date and Time

Thursday, March 9, 2023 
9:45 AM – 3:00 PM




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Contact information

For information, please contact Robyn Sauret.

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