The famous psychiatrist and holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl said that, “Despair is suffering without meaning.”

I agree.

The goal of all my talks whether on PTSD, suicide, leadership, resiliency, overcoming adversity or intentional living is to help people use the trials and traumas of life as fuel for deep and meaningful living.


Understanding and Responding to PTSD

Overcoming Adversity

Helping At-Need Veterans Come Home

Peer Support and Resiliency for Law Enforcement

Pro-Active Leadership Principles

Speaking that motivates, informs, and calls to action – an impact felt nationwide:

Silouan has spoken to over 600 audiences in the last decade including the following:

First Responders (Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Chicago PD, Denver PD, Broward County Sheriff, Indianapolis Metropolitan PD, Cincinnati PD, Columbus PD, many other departments)
Students (Purdue University, Illinois State, UW-Lacrosse, IU-Kokomo, University of California – Riverside, UW-Platteville, Ivy Tech)
Survivors (Gold Star families, Survivor Outreach Services)
Active duty troops, the National Guard, & Veterans (Yellow Ribbons, Camp LeJeune, Fort Bragg, Fort Campbell, Walter Reed, Fort Drum, Camp Atterbury, National Guard, VA, VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League)
Mental Health Professionals (NAMI, Adanta, MHA, Bowen Center, Visiting Nurse, VA)
Churches (Willow Creek Community Church, Brentwood Baptist)
Community Organizations (Red Cross, Easter Seals, AHEC, Community Family Services, Veteran’s Services, Juvenile Courts, Veteran’s courts)
Recovery Groups (Many different recovery homes and services)

Talks are available individually for keynotes or collectively in longer workshops and seminars. Custom talks and topics available on request.

After the Crash, Fuel for Life – learning to heal and rebuild after life crises. There should be no shame in admitting we’ve been broken. From these pieces can come the fuel to live again.

Responding to PTSD – understand how PTSD develops, how it impacts those around us, and how to respond to our friends, loved ones, and others in our community impacted by this silent killer.

Relational Peer Support – make your peer support pro-active, build resiliency based on relationships. The best peer support is an on-going process where everyone understands the effort is creating a stronger team and more resilient individuals.

Healing Moral Injury – life crisis can injure us morally and spiritually. In today’s culture, it can be hard to talk about. What does it mean for veterans, sexual assault victims and others to live through hell yet still feel like they haven’t come out on the other side. How do we respond to them, how do we help them heal? How do we approach issues of god, faith, and brokenness in a secular world?

The Ladder UPP – Silouan’s life skills program for healing and rebuilding after life crisis. An excellent resource for counselors, peer support, families, and friends. It is a step-by-step guide to healing and rebuilding that anyone can use.

Foundational Leadership – We are leaders not by our rank or position, but by who we are. Leaders are followed because their character, vision, and drive empowers others to “go somewhere.” How do you become a person who is followed? How do you determine vision and direction? How do you communicate clear plans and goals? How do you build effective teams?

Silouan offers inspiration, tools, and practical advice on healing and rebuilding after crises for mental health professionals, first responders, veterans, corporations, institutions, students, and non-profits. He is the primary lecturer on PTSD, Resiliency, and Leadership for the Public Agency Training Council’s (the worlds #1 public training agency) expert on PTSD and Leadership.

Take a look at selected videos here on the website, or you can watch even more at Silouan’s Youtube channel.

Silouan speaking to soldiers and civilians at Camp Atterbury.

Silouan speaking to soldiers and civilians at Camp Atterbury.


United In Our Pain

Silouan also offers a complete course through the Ladder UPP workbook. Course length depends on the venue, setting, number of attendees, and other factors but all courses go through the entire Ladder UPP program.

There are also train-the-trainer sessions available for organizations that wish to offer Ladder UPP classes on their own. Click here to learn more about The Ladder UPP.

“Your ability to reach inside folks and bring out some of their darkest moments to help them and let them know they are not alone and they too can live a free and happy life is truly amazing. During both of the talks I have attended I sat pretty much in the back of the room and as I sat there I could actually see the healing take place and their personal demons float away.”

Bill Doss – Fallen Hoosiers, Freedom PT