Are you ready to learn a skill set that enables you or your organization to become a recognized expert on responding to both traumatic and insidious Soul Injuries? Join Deborah Grassman and the Opus Peace leadership team to learn how to liberate unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt/shame that can sabotage lives.
Soul Injury Training at the Opus Peace Leadership Institute will give you the skills and tools to provide Soul Injury programs in your community or at your agency. At the Institute, you will be able to experience the effects of a Soul Restoration program both from personal and professional perspectives. Dr. Robert Carroll MD participated in the training. His brutally traumatic childhood led him to pursue a personal interest and study in PTSD and the neurochemistry of the aftermath of trauma and its recovery: “The shift in the room over the four days was palpable. It started with anxiety and trepidation as soul issues were openly addressed, moved into unmourned loss, and then reached into the abyss of unforgiven guilt and shame. The exercises and tools used to re-own and re-home the pain and guilt/shame were simple yet powerful. It was unlike anything I have experienced or read about in my extensive study of trauma recovery.”
At the Soul Injury Leadership Institute, you will learn about:
At the Opus Peace Leadership Institute for Soul Injury, you will meet four of the Founders of the Soul Injury movement and collaborate with:
Deborah Grassman ARNP, Founder of Opus Peace and author of the books, Peace at Last: Stories of Hope and Healing for Veterans and Their Families and The Hero Within: Redeeming the Destiny You Were Born to Fulfill. Deborah is most well-known for her pioneering work that identified the unique needs of Veterans as they age. She is a contributing author for three textbooks; has 22 published articles, and there are four documentary films featuring her work. In 2002, she introduced "pinning ceremonies" to honor dying veterans -- a ceremony that has now become standard practice in hospices and long-term-care facilities throughout the nation.
Marie Bainbridge, one of the VA hospice nurses who started Opus Peace. A Vietnam War veteran, Marie received a bronze-star for actions she took to save lives while under attack.
Abi Katz D.O., M.S. 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.
Ralph Ozmun 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.
Angela Snyder RN, MSN, MHA is the Clinical Division Director at Bayada Healthcare System. She is the President of the Opus Peace Board of Directors. Her presentations on bullying continue to touch and inspire audiences
Leann Thrapp MA, BSN, RN, CHPCA is Vice-President of Clinical Services at EveryStep Care and Support Services. She 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, She was a friend of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
Kathi Burkhart MSN, APN-C,FAANP is a retired Navy Nurse and Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in the VA. Kathi has taken the Soul Injury message to her VA facility, her Nurse Practitioner professional organizations, and religious organizations.
Interns: Ambassadors from all over the country who have taken the training at the Institute will be assisting and sharing their stories and expertise in a way that will support and inspire you.
The Soul Injury Leadership training is not a magic solution. Our role is to create an opening where healing can begin. We give people a personal experience of liberation from their pain and guilt/shame. This creates space for the grace of the soul to provide healing and foster self-compassion. Self-help tools are provided to continue the grieving and forgiving process after participants return home. Woven throughout the training are modalities that engage the soul: art therapy, storytelling, labyrinth walking, yoga, and massage therapy.
Speak to prior Leadership Institute participants about their experiences and recommendations. We will provide you with their email address so you can interact with them directly.