Ongoing, unrelenting, stress can wear a person down. It slowly and gradually exerts PTSD-like effects on the brain and nervous system. This kind of stress can affect anyone but often impacts caregivers. 

Whether providing care to a family member or working as a professional healthcare provider, caregivers face loss, change, and transition on a daily basis. Because the losses are chronic, they may not even be recognized, subtly robbing the caregiver of their well-being. The literature now recognizes this as “Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder” (STSD). 

This course utilizes research findings from Bessel Van Der Kolk’s book, The Body Keeps the Score, to identify techniques for resetting the brain by installing new “software”. Tools that awaken self-compassion will help you cultivate the honesty, courage, and humility to re-vitalize your sense of BE-ing.    

Course curriculum

    1. Welcome, Workbook and Instructions!

    1. Introduction to Stress, Trauma and the Brain

    1. Anchor Your Heart - Please read and practice

    1. Self-Compassion - Abide, Reckon & Be-Hold Overview - learn about or recap these 3 key Opus Peace underpinning concepts

    1. ITCLesson2PtsdBasicsCsHB

    2. Supplemental - Soul Injury-Moral Injury comparison chart

    3. Supplemental - Post-Traumatic Growth Inventory Chart

    1. Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder & Caregiver Distress

    2. Supplemental - Caregiver Self-Care Assessment

    3. Supplemental - Dr Bob Carrolls Story (Contains explicit detail)

    4. Supplemental - Nurse practitioner Kathi's Story

About this course

  • $49.00
  • 24 lessons
  • 3 hours of video content

Course Instructor

Deborah Grassman


Few people have been with 10,000 dying veterans; Deborah Grassman is one VA hospice Nurse Practitioner who has. Dying veterans taught her lessons about how to attain personal peace. Ironically, those lessons came from people who had been trained for war! As a result, a phenomenon known as “Soul Injury” has now emerged as a relevant healthcare issue for the public. She contends that 10,000 dying veterans have lessons that the rest of us need to learn! Deborah is the author of two books, Peace at Last and The Hero Within. She is a contributing author for four textbooks, has 25 published articles, and there are 5 documentary films featuring her work.

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Take a step toward healing the relationship you have with yourself.