CMF Annual Conference: Healing the Moral Injury

CMF Annual Conference: Healing the Moral Injury

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Mississauga's Ram Mandir

270 Export Boulevard

Mississauga, ON L5S 1Y9


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Educational Conference on Healing the Moral Injury (harm that arises from a betrayal of one’s beliefs) September 14, 2022, 11AM-1:30 PM (ET)

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PLEASE NOTE: This event is both an in-person and virtual event. Each attendee has the option of attending either in-person or virtually.

The venue for the in-person portion is Mississauga's Ram Mandir, loacted at:

270 Export Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5S 1Y9

Psychology Today defines moral injury as ‘the social, psychological, and spiritual harm that arises from a betrayal of one’s core values, such as justice, fairness, and loyalty. Harming others, whether in military or civilian life; failing to protect others, through error or inaction; and failure to be protected by leaders, especially in combat—can all wound a person’s conscience, leading to lasting anger, guilt, and shame, and can fundamentally alter one’s world view and impair the ability to trust others."  [source].


Keynote Speaker:

  • Brigadier-General J.L.G. (Guy) Bélisle, MB, MSM, CD, Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Dr. Daniel Roberts, President and CEO of Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc.
  • Robert Mundle, Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner at Providence Care Hospital, Kingston, ON


  • Biju K. Chacko, D.Min, ACPE-CE, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville
  • Dr. Lorraine S. MacDonald, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Imam Michael R. Taylor, Regional Chaplain, Ontario Correctional Service Canada
  • Dr. Raj Patil, Jain Representative at Canadian Multifaith Federation


Brigadier-General J.L.G. (Guy) Bélisle, MB, MSM, CD, Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces

Brigadier-General Bélisle joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1986 as an infantry officer with the Royal 22e Régiment.

He served 12 years with the Royal 22e Régiment before changing trades to become a military chaplain. His operational taskings began in 1988 with 2 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, in Quebec City, followed by a posting to 1 Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, which was stationed in Germany at the time. He did an overseas operational mission with that unit, when it was the first unit deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1992. From 1993 to 1998, he held an RSS position with the Fusiliers de Sherbrooke and was Commanding Officer of the Recruiting Centre in Sherbrooke. He studied at St. Paul University in Ottawa from 1998 to 2004, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in theology.

In 2004, Padre Bélisle was posted to Valcartier as unit chaplain at LFQATC and 12 RBC. He was then posted to St-Jean, where he served at the Recruit School for two years. He went back to Valcartier as brigade chaplain. While there, he was deployed to Haiti in 2010 after the earthquake, and to Afghanistan in 2010-2011 on the last combat mission.

In 2012, Padre Bélisle went back to school at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto, and was then deployed to Halifax as Formation Chaplain for Maritime Forces Atlantic. In 2015, he was posted to the Army Headquarters as the Canadian Army Command Chaplain. In July 2018 Padre Bélisle began serving as the Director of Chaplain Services at the Chaplain General Office. In May 2021 Padre Bélisle was appointed Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Padre Bélisle has been married for 35 years, and the couple have two daughters and four grandchildren

Dr. Daniel Roberts, President and CEO of Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Inc.

Dr. Daniel Roberts, President and CEO of MISNS, is a 20+ year long member of the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps. In the span of time, he has helped many servicewomen who experienced moral injury due to sexual assaults, bullying, spousal infidelity, and other traumatic events. His work and research on moral injury and providing pastoral care has been published in the Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling, the Qualitative Report, SAGE Business Cases, and Amazon.

Empowering Post-Traumatic Growth in Morally Injured People

In his workshop, Daniel will provide information and facilitate discussion on how chaplains, counselors, social workers and other supporting professionals can listen for disempowering themes and provide alternative perspectives to clients who may be morally injured. People who are morally injured often feel disempowered to help themselves experience post-traumatic growth. Supporting professionals can help them identify their disempowering narratives and offer a different way at looking at things.

Robert Mundle, Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner

Robert Mundle is a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner who has worked in palliative care and other health care environments for nearly twenty years. He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and the University of Toronto. Robert is the author of various peer-reviewed articles published in scholarly health care journals, book reviews, and a book titled, How to Be an Even Better Listener: A Practical Guide for Hospice and Palliative Care Volunteers.

Robert’s talk will focus on aspects of moral distress in health care, including pain management, burn-out, and Medical Assistance in Dying.

Biju K. Chacko, D.Min, ACPE-CE, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education, Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville

Biju Chacko, a native of Kottayam, South India is the Director for Clinical Pastoral Education at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Kerala in Trivandrum, India, and earned an MDiv degree from the Philippines Baptist Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines, a ThM from the South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies in Bangalore, India, and a Doctor of Ministry from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.

Biju completed a CPE residency and ACPE Certified Education training at Duke University Hospital during 1998-1999 and 2004-2008. He served as CPE Educator and Senior Chaplain from 2010-2018. He helped set up the India Baptist Theological Seminary and served as its founding dean, administrator, and interim president. Biju volunteers his time with ACPE as a National Site Team Chair for accreditation and is the current Chair Elect for the ACPE Foundation. Previously, he served as the chair for the ACPE International relations Committee. He is the current Diversity Chair for the Journal of Pastoral Care Publications.

Dr. Lorraine S. MacDonald, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Lorraine Smith-MacDonald is a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Heroes in Mind, Advocacy, and Research Consortium (HiMARC) in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, at the University of Alberta. HiMARC is the provincial initiative researching the health and wellbeing of military, veterans, public safety personnel, and their families. Dr. Smith-MacDonald's research focuses on the intersectionality of the mental and spiritual domains of health and specializes in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury. She holds a PhD from the University of Calgary, a Masters of Divinity from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. She also holds clinical designations and works as a therapist and chaplain.

In this service to others, first responders are frequently exposed to events that can lead to occupational impairments (e.g. burnout, compassion fatigue, absenteeism) and stress-related psychological injuries (e.g. depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder). Additionally, first responders may be exposed to potentially morally injurious experiences (i.e. events or experiences which violate personal morals, values, or beliefs). Left unresolved, these morally injurious experiences can produce feelings of moral distress (e.g. shame, guilt, despair, disgust, and anger) or more significantly, moral injury - a specific trauma syndrome that includes significant psychological, existential, behavioural, and interpersonal issues. Given the significant harm that moral injury can cause it is essential that research and care are taken to address moral injury in this population. This presentation will explore what we know about moral injury in first responders to date and what all healthcare providers, including chaplains, can do to support this population.

Imam Michael R. Taylor, Regional Chaplain, Ontario Correctional Service Canada

Michael has held varied positions including Manager of Spiritual and Religious Care at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Currently, his consultant work includes Diversity, Religious Accommodation and Healing Approaches. He is Managing Director of Rashid Taylor Consultants and Director of Islamic Chaplaincy Services Canada. He was an honorary witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

Dr. Raj Patil, Jain Representative AT CMF

I strongly believes in promoting core values of “Live and Help to Live”. Has been involved with GTA’s Jain community for more than 25 years. I am a relentless worker promoting faith based values in the Greater Toronto Area. Has volunteered thousands of hours with different temples i.e. Sri Jain Mandir, JSOT (Jain Society of Toronto, JAINA (Jain Federation of North America) and Bhagwan 1008 Adinath Swamy Jain Temple (Brampton Jain Temple). Was actively involved in the fund raising activities for a number community services. Actively involved in organising religious and cultural activities for the seniors and youth groups. Also, actively involved in interfaith activities with University of Toronto, Peel School Board and Canadian Multifaith Federation (Formerly known as Ontario Multifaith Council).

He was the Recipient of the ``Queen`s Diamond Jubilee Award ``for the community services in 2012. and was involved in a number of interfaith activities for the past 20 years, visiting TDSB (Toronto District School Board) schools, U of T for talks on Jainism.

1. Sri Jain Mandir – President 2002-2008, continuing volunteer services to the temple. Management committee member.

2. Campus Chaplains Association (University of Toronto) Committee Member (2009- Present).

3. Peel District School Board – Committee Member for Multifaith Board (2019- Present).

4. JAINA (Jain Federation of North America) – Regional Vice President (Canada) 2012 -2017.

5. JSOT Management Committee (2010- 2018)

Bridge to Recovery Through Jain Principles

Uncovering and addressing the moral injury is a critical step in being able to find reprieve from the unhealthy behaviours, dissatisfaction and overall disconnect from the social life. It can not simply be skipped, because when moral injury occurs the emotional development, regulation and maturity changes. Following Jain doctrine helps to let go of the pain caused from moral injury. It also helps to develop new healthy response system.

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