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Webinar | International Innovations to Support the Workforce: Addressing Moral Distress and Moral Injury in Healthcare Workers￼
April 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am MDT
Offered in partnership with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership. This webinar is open to all.
In January, CBHL members met to discuss the continued strain on our health care – and specifically behavioral health – workforce. As a result of this conversation, The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, in partnership with the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, is proud to offer a series of international innovations to support our workforce.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, frontline health care workers and first responders have been under considerable stress. Every day they are engaged in a balancing act making critical decisions around which patients will receive life-saving care when resources are limited, having to discharge someone earlier than recommended to avoid the risk of infecting others, or having to eliminate ‘non-essential’ care during the crisis.
Being stretched physically and mentally, and unable to provide optimum care to everyone, may lead to moral injury. Moral injury refers to the impact of extremely challenging, morally laden experiences that upset one’s value system. If not addressed, moral injury can result in long-lasting emotional and psychological damage.
Health care workers need organizational, team, and individual supports now.
The Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at The Royal Ottawa and Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health have co-developed A Guide to Moral Injury that addresses this situation among health care workers. A practical resource for health care workers and organizations ,the guide: i) defines moral injury; ii) lays out the stressors and harms that may lead to moral injury, focusing on those prevalent in the health care setting related to COVID-19; iii) provides a framework for managing events in the workplace that can lead to moral injury; iv) outlines actions that can be taken at the organizational, team, and individual levels to mitigate and reduce the harms that can lead to moral injury; v) explores how race and culture intersect with morality and are axes of identity relevant to the experiences of moral distress and moral injury, and how racism influences health outcomes.
When: April 7, 2022 at 9:00am PST / 10:00am MST / 11:00am CST / 12:00pm EST
How: Register via zoom!
Presented by: Fardous Hosseiny, MSc [He/Him/il], President and CEO | Président et chef de la direction, Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) | Centre d’excellence sur le trouble de stress post traumatique (TSPT)
Fardous Hosseiny (he/him) is the President and CEO at the Centre of Excellence on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Related Mental Health Conditions (CoE-PTSD), located at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre in Ottawa.
Before coming to the CoE-PTSD, Fardous was most recently the interim National Chief Executive Officer and the National Director of Research and Public Policy, at the Canadian Mental Health Association.
His research focuses on strategic policy issues related to mental health system transformation, parity legislation, Veteran and their Families mental health, substance use and addiction and mental health for newcomers and underrepresented groups. Fardous is also a frequent commentator on these issues for Global News, CBC, CTV News, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, among others.
Fardous was a part of the Canadian delegation to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly and played a role in the development of the first ever United Nations event dedicated to mental health.
Fardous also serves on many national and international committees, including as an executive advisor on the Global Alliance for Mental Health Advocates (GAMHA) and past co-chair for the Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) and Canadians for Equitable Access to Depression Medication (CEADM).
Fardous completed a Master of Science with a focus on the neuroscience of addiction and a BSc Honours, both at the University of Toronto. He also holds a Certified Health Executive (CHE) designation from the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Fardous is on the Board of Directors – Canadian Juries Commission.