Introduction to the special issue "Moral injury care: Practices and collaboration".

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Since moral injury was introduced in the psychological literature little more than a decade ago, it has received substantial attention from mental health professionals as well as chaplains. This special issue features ways that chaplains are and can be engaged in addressing moral injury within health care contexts, especially the Department of Veterans Affairs. The efforts highlighted in this special issue provide building blocks for advancing moral injury care practices, research agendas, and interdisciplinary collaborations into the future.





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Nieuwsma, Jason A, Melissa A Smigelsky and Daniel H Grossoehme (2022). Introduction to the special issue "Moral injury care: Practices and collaboration". Journal of health care chaplaincy. pp. 1–6. 10.1080/08854726.2022.2047564 Retrieved from

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Jason A Nieuwsma

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Nieuwsma is a clinical psychologist whose interests are broadly related to different aspects of integrative mental health care. He has conducted work in the areas of health psychology, primary care-mental health integration, cross-cultural psychology, implementation science, and extensive work focused on integration of spirituality and health. In addition to being an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke, Dr. Nieuwsma has served for over a decade as Associate Director for Integrative Mental Health (formerly Mental Health and Chaplaincy) in the Veterans Health Administration. He has helped lead multiple projects aimed at more effectively integrating chaplaincy and mental health care services across large healthcare systems, as well as conducting extensive work and training on moral injury, health psychology, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Nieuwsma has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles & book chapters; he serves on the editorial board for the APA journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice; he is Associate Editor for the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy; and he is a co-editor and author on the books ACT for Clergy and Pastoral Counselors and Addressing Moral Injury in Clinical Practice.

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