Eye on Ethics: Moral Injury in Social Work
Department (Manual Entry)
School of Social Work
There is no simple remedy that heals moral injuries. No decision-making algorithm will resolve these dilemmas quickly and easily. Rather, moral injuries are the stuff of intense reflection and the kind of hard emotional work that social workers are trained to do when matters of life and death are involved. There may never be a right answer. Moral injury demands hard pursuit, even when there is no promise of resolution.
Reamer, Frederic G., "Eye on Ethics: Moral Injury in Social Work," Social Work Today, February, 2014, available at http://www.socialworktoday.com/news/eoe_021814.shtml