Irene Harris, a clinician-investigator at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, has already built a reputation for creating a spiritually integrated intervention, Building Spiritual Strength, that addresses moral injury. She and her team of research chaplains are now seeking to revise this intervention to assist first responders and healthcare workers who find themselves on the front lines of COVID-19. The new intervention, “Health and Strength,” recognizes that moral injury/spiritual distress (shame, anger, and guilt in response to actions, inactions, or events that challenge one’s values) can occur when healthcare providers are required to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
COVID-19 and the psychology of religion and spirituality research
Moral injury in first responders: An intervention
Irene Harris and her team develop an intervention for first responders in the COVID-19 fight.
Harris, J. I. (2020, July). Moral injury in first responders: An intervention. Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Newsletter. http://www.apadivisions.org/division-36/publications/newsletters/religion/2020/07/moral-injury