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Session: Moral injury, Resilience and Debriefing and Defusing after Critical Incidents, Project Trauma Support
First responders and military members who have been diagnosed with PTSD often also suffer from some degree of moral injury. Moral injury is less well known and less studied than PTSD, but also incurs significant distress to individuals and may be a factor in suicidal ideation and behaviours. The curriculum of Project Trauma Support is unique in addressing moral injury along with PTSD. Project Trauma Support offers a comprehensive program using evidence- based therapies for PTSD. The curriculum is tailored to the individual as well as to the group dynamic. In addition to the psychological components, the curriculum also includes physical exercise, meditation, and healthy nutrition. Experiential and educational sessions help the participants to develop a greater understanding of PTSD and moral injury. Workshops are included that assist individuals to clarify their values and priorities and set occupational, relational and life goals. Tools that aid in recovery, well-being and return to full participation in multiple life roles are introduced and practiced.

Nov 11, 2020 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Manuela Joannou
Manuela Joannou is a family physician and emergency medicine physician currently practicing in Perth, ON. She is also the Medical Director of Tay River Reflections Medical Spa in Perth since 1999. Dr. Joannou graduated from the University of Ottawa Medical School in 1990. She completed her Family Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa in 1992 and then achieved Special Competency in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care from the University of Ottawa in 1993. She was awarded the Frank P Craft Graduation Award for Excellence in Family Medicine. Dr. Joannou has worked in various Emergency Departments including the Ottawa General and Ottawa Civic Hospitals, and in a number of community hospitals for 25 years. She has a special interest in psychotherapy and has been leading discussion groups and wellness programs and speaking at public events and conferences for the past 10 years. She has a specific interest in the field of PTSD in First Responders and Military Personnel.