Provide staff and your community with tools to identify and respond to Soul Injuries. A customized 1- or 2-day program can be contextualized for a population of your choice: general public, personal/professional caregivers, veterans and first responders, elderly, chronically or terminally ill, traumatized.

Your staff will thank you. Your patients will thank you. Your community will thank you!

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Intensive Leaders

Angela Snyder RN, MSN, MHA
Mountville, Pennsylvania
Division Director, Bayada Healthcare System
Angela is the President of Opus Peace. "Opus Peace has provided me with the language and the self-help tools to understand and teach others about Soul Injury. I am no longer afraid of who I am and who I am not. This has empowered me to live a more peaceful life personally and professionally."

Leann Thrapp MA, BSN, RN, CHPCA
Des Moines, Iowa
Vice President of Clinical Services, EveryStep Care and Support Services
Leann was the featured presenter at the Arizona Geriatrics Society annual conference. Her signiature presentation, "Creative Cocooning," has been presented with acclaim at numerous professional conferences. Leann is  INELDA trained End of Life Doula, "Learning how to re-own, re-home, and re-vitalize pieces of myself and help others do so as well has been invaluable to me personally and professionally.”

Ralph Ozmun
Dandridge, Tennessee
Ralph is a Navy veteran and featured speaker on Soul Injury, providing the keynote addresses at the Canadian conference on PTSD and the Wisconsin CSI Warrior's Summit. His previous experience includes being the Director of Volunteers at Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice. "Hurting people hurt other people. The Soul Injury movement is addressing not only the hurt that people feel, but also the fear of feeling that hurt."

Kathi Burkhart MSN, APN-C,FAANP
Lyons, New Jersey
Kathi is a retired Navy Nurse and Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in the VA. “Hearing Deborah Grassman speak on the phenomenon of Soul Injury opened a whole new world for me. I was thirsty to learn more about soul injury and how I could use the experiences of 5 hospice nurses who tended to over 10,000 dying Veterans with the living Veterans I was caring for in the VA.” Kathi has now taken the message back to her VA facility, her Nurse Practitioner professional organizations, and religious organizations.

Abi Katz D.O., M.S
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Dr. Katz serves as Medical Director within the Department of Geriatrics Education at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She specializes in advanced illness management, home-based primary and palliative care, and treatment program development. Dr. Katz earned her medical degree from Ohio University.  She is a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Academy of Home Care Medicine, American Medical Association, and the American Academy of Family Practice.
Gordon Ruddick MDiv.
Springfield, Oregon
Gordon is a Board-certified Chaplain at PeaceHealth Medical Center ministering to cardiac patients and their families. "I use the Soul Injury concepts every day in my bedside practice. It has brought a whole new dimension to my ministry.  Simple, yet powerful tools open doors to safe and intimate emotional spaces quickly and profoundly. I'm so grateful to be part of Soul Injury movement."
Deborah Grassman NP
St. Petersburg, Florida
Deborah is the Founder of Opus Peace. She is a contributing author for three textbooks, has 22 published articles, there are three documentary films featuring her work, and she has two published  books. She has collaborated with national, state, and local organizations to advance the concepts of Soul Injury and Veterans’ unique needs at the end of life.  Deborah is most well known for being the first to identify the unique needs of Veterans at the end of life. Her clinical work played a key role in establishing the national Hospice-Veteran Partnership and the We Honor Veterans programs. In 1998, Her team initiated "pinning ceremonies" to honor veterans - a practice that was adopted by the We Honor-Veteran Partnership and is now standard practice in most hospices.