Case Study of “Moral Injury”
Format Dutch Case Studies Project
Keywords:Case study, chaplaincy care, mental health, moral injury, Psalms, ritual
The case study “Moral Injury” traces care provided by a chaplain in a mental health institution to a former military marksman named “Hans”. Hans was in care at a specialized unit for military veterans with traumas. He sought contact with a chaplain “to set things right with God” and wanted the chaplain to perform a ritual to that end. The case study traces the care provided in conversations, in the reading of Psalms and in the construction and performance of a ritual.
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