Moral Injury Essential Insights

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Recognise when moral injury impacts wellbeing, and take practical steps to prevent it and support those affected.



60-90 minutes

Online self-directed

Essential Insights


Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers.

Recognising and addressing moral injury is essential for creating healthy workplaces and communities. Moral injury occurs as a result of having to make decisions or take actions that affect other people’s lives, going against a person’s own moral code or ethics. It can also arise from witnessing acts that conflict with one’s own principles. Although moral injury is often associated with healthcare or military roles, it can certainly affect those in the people profession. The impact on mental health, wellbeing and emotions includes dealing with feelings of guilt, remorse and self-criticism.

This course aims to raise awareness of moral injury and its importance. Learners will explore why it matters, and how to identify it and prevent it whenever possible.

Being alert to potentially morally injurious situations helps maintain ethical standards within organisations and society. Knowing how to prevent moral injury contributes to environments that prioritise fair decision-making, offer support mechanisms, and promote overall wellbeing.

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In this course, you will:

  • explore potentially morally injurious events in the people profession 
  • outline the impact of moral injury on mental health and wellbeing 
  • #list practical steps to support and prevent instances of moral injury.

Is this course right for me?

This course is for anyone interested in the principles of wellbeing and employee engagement. Learners will get to grips with moral injury and its impact on individuals, communities, and organisations, and know the practicalities of intervening. They do not need any existing knowledge on the topic.

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