Webinar Series – The Hidden Wounds of Moral Injury

December 5, 2019

You are invited to join us for the next Webinar in the Series on Military Transition where we will be discussing the topic of:

The Hidden Wounds of Moral Injury: It’s More than Meets the Eye.

Moral injury, the anguish that can result from “[perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations (Litz et al., 2009, p. 697), can have devastating impacts.

In this first of two Webinars on the topic, Dr Suzette Brémault-Phillips and Dr Lorraine Smith-MacDonald will provide an overview of Moral Injury and key concepts.  The second webinar in late January 2020 will focus on Moral Injury assessments and interventions.


Dr Suzette Brémault-Phillips

Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy

Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine

University of Alberta

Dr Lorraine Smith-MacDonald

Postdoctoral fellow with the HiMARC Initiative

Faculty of Rehabilitation Science

University of Alberta


Date:           Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Time:         1.00pm – 3.00pm (NZST) (GMT +13 Hours)

The one hour presentation will be followed by a one hour interactive Q&A session that will allow participants to ask Dr Brémault-Phillips and Dr Smith-MacDonald questions about points raised in the presentation or current issues on transition related to their work.



To participate in this Webinar with Dr Brémault-Phillips and Dr Smith-MacDonald Register at:


When you have registered you will receive information on how to access the webinar online

If you have any queries regarding the Webinars or Registration, Email the ASCN (New Zealand) Secretariat at ascn.nz@gmail.com.



Dr. Suzette Brémault-Phillips

Dr Brémault-Phillips is an Occupational Therapist and Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta.

She is also the Director of HiMARC (the Heroes in Mind Advocacy and Research Consortium).  This is a provincial hub for research, teaching and services to support military, veterans, public safety personnel and their families.

Dr Brémault-Phillips clinical, teaching and research interests include rehabilitation, mental and spiritual health, well-being and resilience among military, veterans, public safety personnel and their families.  She has particular focus on PTSD and moral injury among trauma-affected populations; complex needs and aging; evidence-based interventions (including use of innovative technology) and the implementation of best practices.

She has lead or is leading a number of major studies including:

  • A Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) study using multi-modal virtual-reality based treatment for Canadian Armed Forces members with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder:
  • Interventions to enhance resilience among military personnel, veterans and their families
  • Interventions to improve perinatal outcomes following the 2016 Alberta wildfires:
  • Addressing post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury in military members at risk of medical release, and
  • Investigation of the impact of the Project Trauma Support program on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and moral injury in military veterans in Canada

Dr. Lorraine Smith-MacDonald

Dr. Smith-MacDonald is a postdoctoral fellow with the HiMARC Initiative in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Science, at the University of Alberta. She holds a PhD, a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy.

Prior to her appointment to HiMARC she worked as a chaplain and spiritual care practitioner in Toronto, before training as a trauma therapist.

Dr. Smith-MacDonald’s research has focused on the intersection between spirituality and mental health, particularly within military trauma, and she specializes in the constructs of Moral Injury and Complex Grief.



This series of real time education and information sharing webinars has been developed by Not For Profit ASCN (New Zealand) in collaboration with Veterans Affairs New Zealand, the NZ Defence Force and the University of Otago.

The Transition series will run during September, October and November 2019 and each Webinar will be presented by International Thought Leaders and Researchers from New Zealand allied countries including Canada, United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Robert Lippiatt from ASCN (NZ) will chair the Webinar series. Robert has had significant international experience chairing and facilitating Defence and veterans forums

They will cover the key issues and insights on Military Veteran Transition and post service life gained through research and other ongoing work with military members, veterans and their families in the relevant country.

Watch out for information and registration instructions for the next set of Webinars in the series which will be held in January and February 2020.

If you require any additional information on these Webinars or would like to register your interest in participating in the rest of the Webinar series please contact Steve Shamy at the ASCN (New Zealand) Secretariat at email ascn.nz@gmail.com.



ASCN (New Zealand) in conjunction with ASCN (Australia) form the Trans Tasman Australasian Services Care Network (ASCN).

This Not for profit Network acts as a neutral and independent hub for discussion and action by Government, Research, Service Providers and Advocacy on health and wellbeing questions and issues that impact military, veterans, public safety officers and their families in both countries.

It is committed to improving the life-long health and wellbeing of current and former members of the Defence Force (Regular and Reserve), Public Safety Organisations and their Families.