Webinar: Understanding Combat Trauma: The Influence and Impact of Survivor Guilt

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M. David Rudd, PhD, ABPP
University of Utah; Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Science; Professor of Psychology

Program Moderator: Jill Harrington LaMorieMSW, LSW, ACSW, Director, Professional Education, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

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Survivor guilt occurs when an individual perceives him- or herself to have done something wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not. It often manifests among military personnel who survive in combat situations where many of their peers do not. It is also common among the friends and families of individuals who have died by suicide. Survivor guilt can also occur among parents who feel that they did nothing to stop their son or daughter from joining the military.


  1. Understand the concept of survivor guilt.
  2. Discuss specific issues surrounding combat trauma in survivors of military death.
  3. Learn strategies for assessment and intervention.


This activity is intended for all professional caregivers providing services to military service members, military families, survivors grieving the death of a military service member, as well as those working in the community providing care to the bereaved. This activity includes, but is not limited to chaplains, casualty assistance officers, military personnel and leadership, social workers, nurses, counselors, marriage and family therapists, case managers, employee assistance professionals, school counselors, program directors, and other health and mental health professionals.


Certificates of Attendance can be provided for those who attend the entire webinar. The Association of Professional Chaplains will accept certificates of attendance for use in reporting continuing education hours. This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers, Provider #886505639, for 1.0 continuing education contact hours. Please check with your state licensing board for professional requirements for continuing education.


There is no program fee for military personnel, Department of Veterans Affairs Employees, and Give-An-Hour Volunteers. There is a $25.00 program feefor all others to attend the program (with or without CEUs). Students with a valid school email address will receive a $10.00 discount. The program fee includes attendance and certificate fees. 


For anyone receiving free program attendance and seeking to receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs), due to high costs of CEU administration, a $25.00 CEU fee is required.

For more information, contact education@taps.org

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