Cultivating psychological flexibility to address religious and spiritual suffering in moral injury

Lauren M. Borges, Sean M. Barnes, Jacob K. Farnsworth, Wyatt R. Evans, Zachary Moon, Kent D. Drescher, Robyn D. Walser

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Abstract

In the current paper, we aim to expand the dialogue about applying psychological flexibility processes to moral injury-related spiritual suffering using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Psychological flexibility is the process of practicing present moment awareness and openness to experiences of emotions and thoughts, while also choosing to engage in actions that are consistent with one’s values. This open, aware, and engaged approach to life fits well with spiritual endeavors. We provide a framework and a case example illustrating how spiritual care providers and Chaplains can use psychological flexibility processes to target spiritual suffering in the context of moral injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Health Care Chaplaincy
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • chaplain
  • moral injury
  • psychological flexibility
  • spiritual suffering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Religious studies
  • Clinical Psychology

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