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Soul Injury Institute Leadership Training
Monday, April 24th 2017 at 3:00 PM – Thursday, April 27th at 3:00 PM

Just say the words “Soul Injury” and you will have the attention of people around you, including newspapers and media. Soul Injury is a truth that immediately resonates with people who have been traumatized, betrayed, abused, neglected, or suffer chronic or serious illness. Impacted by the aftermath of their loved one’s soul injury, family members also suffer; they carry “insidious soul injury” – a slow, gradual, erosion of the soul as they help carry their loved one’s burden.

While Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is now an acknowledged psychological sequelae to trauma, Soul Injury, a deeper more penetrating wound, is not yet a well-known concept. But now, Soul Injury no longer needs to be shrouded in silence. You (or your agency) can be the change agent that brings hope to injured souls yearning for en-couragement. You can become an Opus Peace-approved Soul Injury program leader.

Become a Soul Injury Program Leader

Soul Injury Training at the Opus Peace 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 for yourself the effects of a Soul Restoration ceremonial workshop both from personal and professional perspectives. Dr. Robert Carroll MD participated in a Soul Injury Restoration workshop. 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 Institute training, you will learn about:
• Evidence-based anatomy and physiology of the pre-/post- trauma brain
• Evidence-based anatomy of the “Me” brain that seeks development from neglect or restoration after trauma
• The definition, characteristics, and impact of Soul Injury
• Creating a personal experience of moving from sole to soul
• The value and role of stories, as well as the craft of story-telling in providing a meaningful therapeutic milieu
• Crafting emotional safety into the design of a ceremonial workshop
• The roles that unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt play in fueling the original Soul Injury
• The relationship between helplessness and unreasonable guilt
• Vicarious trauma and chronic sorrow and how they impact personal and professional caregivers
• False forgiveness, as well as the relationship between enabling and forgiveness
• The three stages of a well-designed ceremonial format that accesses the unconscious
• Using mythology to move from sole to soul
• Therapeutic modalities that move healing experiences from the head, beyond the heart, into the gut (the soul) so that embodiment of the soul can become a lived experience
• The value and role of a symbolic “soul buddy” to foster a protective relationship within your own self based on love rather than fear
• Implementing the manual, DVDs, powerpoint presentations, tools contextualized to meet the needs of your identified audience
• Teaching strategies that allow you to coordinate and facilitate a successful event by trusting the Soul Injury Restoration process
• Marketing strategies that position you to offer something no one else does: Soul Injury Restoration programs.

Faculty

At the Soul Restoration Workshop Leadership training, you will meet and collaborate with:
• Dr. Abi Katz, a physician from Ohio who will show you how to implement body-grounding techniques that develop the “Me” brain — for yourself and for your patients and their families. Her story is featured in Deborah’s book The Hero Within and you will be able to access the wisdom she has gained in her journey after trauma.
• Deborah Grassman ARNP, co-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 Wounded Warriors: Their Last Battle presentation, which was the first of its kind to identify the unique needs of Veterans as they age. 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.
• Pat McGuire, co-founder of Opus Peace. An ADEC-certified bereavement counselor specializing in grief and traumatic loss, her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) lasted for nearly 20 years where she was the Bereavement Coordinator.
• Marie Bainbridge, President of Opus Peace. A Vietnam War veteran, Marie received a bronze-star for actions she took to save lives while under attack.
• Sheila Lozier, the creator of the symbolic “Soul Buddy” you will receive at the workshop. This remarkable symbol allows you to tenderly meet yourself in a way you’ve never quite done before.
• Patty Ann Surprenant, a licensed massage therapist specializing in trauma-sensitive massage. She will enlighten and inspire you with her amazing story about healing the traumatized brain.
• Shaku Desai, one of the VA hospice nurses who started Opus Peace. She is credited with the initial vision for the workshops: “As a 6-year-old girl in India, I prayed for world peace. I have not stopped since. The peace that I witness at the Soul Injury Restoration ceremonies is an answer to those prayers. We don’t want our dying veterans’ suffering to be wasted. They are no longer here, but the wisdom that they learned in the last few weeks of life about trauma can be shared with the world.”

About Soul Injury Restoration Programs

Healing the soul requires cultivating the courage to love, forgive, and trust ourselves to navigate the world again after the injury occurs. This requires a very different approach – an approach that may seem counterintuitive because the heart armed with fear, now has to be disarmed. Disarming the heart through grieving and forgiveness is not standardly taught in a healthcare professional curriculum so clinicians may not be equipped to assess or respond to soul injury. It is interesting that some of the criteria measured by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Posttraumatic Growth Inventory includes: value of life, spiritual matters, compassion, faith, and intimacy. These are soul issues, and the APA clearly values their importance for growth after trauma. The irony is that the APA is evaluating criteria that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) does not identify. Thus, PTSD programs may only peripherally address the issues being measured!

The purpose of a Soul Injury program is to provide relief from the injurious aftereffects of Soul Injury. While programs for the treatment of PTSD focus on the importance of managing symptoms, Soul Injury interventions concentrate on opening up to the symptoms and connecting with the part of self that generates them. Breaking through stoic facades starts the process — it allows people to “re-own” their pain. Once we stop fearing our pain, we can “re-home” the part of self carrying it. Re-homing exercises strengthen the part of a person that is responsible for their self-compassion and self-protection. Re-Vitalizing exercises fosters access and connection to the energy of our soul.

Our optimism about the usefulness of the Soul Injury programs rests in the opportunity that it offers large groups of people. The program has great value for healthcare agencies, churches, civic organizations, and companies with employees at high-risk for burnout.

Our team had the unique perspective of working for 30 years with 10,000 dying traumatized veterans – an experience that few trauma specialists have had. We knew the processes we were using to relieve unmourned loss and unforgiven guilt worked with dying veterans; it worked with patients that we knew and were caring for one at a time; it worked for non-combat trauma that also surfaced. What we didn’t know was whether or not we could apply the same process with large groups of people who were strangers to us and to each other. We also knew that if it did work with large groups of people, that we had an efficient way to address injurious residue.

The workshop is not a magic solution. Our role is to create an opening where healing can begin. We give people an 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. Tools are provided to continue the grieving and forgiving process after participants return home. Woven throughout the workshop are modalities that engage the soul: art therapy, story boarding, labyrinth walking, and massage therapy.

Margaret Mead, the famous anthropologist, said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Be a change agent in your community. Join the Soul Injury movement that seeks to restore peace and wholeness to the brokenness held in our own hearts and the hearts of those we love.


The Soul Injury Leadership Training – Monday, April 24, 2017 at 3:00 PM – Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

Place: Tampa, Florida. Franciscian Center, 3010 North Perry Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603

FEES: $1,900 single, $1,500 double, all inclusive for: lodging, meals, training, Powerpoints, Slide shows, materials, one-year mentorship, monthly webinars.
10% Early Bird discount through January 31, 2017.

REFUND POLICY: Full credit provided for future training if withdrawal becomes necessary.

• Read an article about Opus Peace and Soul Injury in the Boston Globe: http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/06/21/too-many-suffer-too-long-with-soul-injury/KjaS0gXx2vykS4WdtwUf0L/story.html.
• Listen to a radio interview about Soul Injury with Deborah Grassman: http://od-cmg.streamguys1.com/tampa/tam1055/dovefeaturedaudio/grassman.mp3
• Speak to prior Leadership Training participants about their experiences and recommendations. We will provide you with their email address so you can interact with them directly.

To register, click on the button below or save booking fees by calling Pat at 727-755-4265.


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Deborah Grassman

is a Nurse Practitioner. Her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in St. Petersburg, FL spanned nearly 30 years, where she was the Director of the Hospice program and personally took care of 10,000 dying veterans.
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Patricia McGuire

is an ADEC-certified bereavement counselor specializing in grief and traumatic loss. Her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) lasted for nearly 20 years, where she was the Bereavement Coordinator.
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We offer these services with our Opus Peace prayer: Cultivate in me, oh God, the willingness to re-own and re-home scattered pieces of myself so that I might be restored to Your wholeness. Grow in me the honesty, humility, and courage to release my fears of who I am and who I am not. Fuel me with your Grace. Amen