Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Empowerment) advocates healing from abuse and trauma rather than coping with the symptoms, in order to transform lives and, ultimately, society. We achieve this by providing trauma-focused resources and education and by producing and partnering with relevant film, television, and theatre, empowering the social change necessary to create a healing movement.
Thank you to everyone who was a part of Stars Come Out to Support Healing TREE, 5th Annual (Un)Gala Online! Saturday, October 3, 2020 8-9:30pm est | Virtual
Healing TREE went Live every Sunday from the end of March through December, 2020.
Our time included:
• Group Check-In
• Mental Health Tips
• Special Guests
The sessions were led by artist, advocate & creator + Healing TREE Founder Marissa Ghavami. Our Special Guests included trauma experts as well as artists in the entertainment industry. Donations went to the Special Guest’s organization of choice fighting for racial justice. You can catch recordings on our Facebook page.
Healing TREE Virtual “Paint Nite” Event to benefit the Therapists of Color Collaborative on Saturday, July 18th 4-6pm est.
Healing TREE hosted a virtual YayMaker “Paint Nite” on July 18th. Attendees unleashed their inner artist and went from a blank canvas to a masterpiece of their own. They were provided with a list to bring their own supplies for this virtual event. The cost was $35 and $15 from each ticket went towards supporting the Therapists of Color Collaborative with the rest supporting a Black female owned local business (@absolutely_alli @yaymakerlouisville) who taught the painting and Healing TREE not taking anything. The Element of Discovery Therapist of Color Collaborative was founded to serve individuals of color with therapeutic services that are culturally responsive, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and delivered with compassion to advance racial equity in the mental health setting. They believe that “when therapy looks like you”, you feel safer to share your concerns without feeling misunderstood and feel a confidence in asking for the help that you deserve. The funds raised went towards sponsoring BIPOC therapists to provide trauma-sensitive mental health services to BIPIOC clients in need who have been impacted by acts of abuse and violence.
Virtual Events on The Mighty: Using Healing Trauma Techniques to Transcend Tough Times
Artist, advocate, creator and Healing TREE founder, Marissa Ghavami, uses trauma-focused techniques to help with self-regulation and moving towards allowing ourselves to feel fully, process our unwanted emotions, avoid shame spiraling, be present and find more joy. Watch Here.
Film / TV / Theatre Productions & Partners
Healing TREE is partners with, and will be hosting a screening in the future for, the feature film Mass which is premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. Mass follows two sets of parents who meet years after a tragedy changed their lives. Mass was written and directed by Fran Kranz (The Cabin In The Woods) and stars award-winning actors Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter film series, The Patriot), Reed Birney (Tony-winning actor of The Humans, House of Cards), Martha Plimpton (Emmy and Tony nominee, Raising Hope, Running on Empty) and Ann Dowd (Emmy winner, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Manchurian Candidate, Garden State). Mass was co-produced by Healing TREE Founder and CEO Marissa Ghavami.
Healing TREE hosts College Workshops on the most insidious Red Flags of Abuse and Trauma built around our short film Silk… Gifted aerialist Cara falls hard for Sol, the lighting designer on her upcoming high-stakes solo show. When safety and communication issues plague rehearsals, Cara begins to doubt her perceptions and grows more and more dependent on Sol. With the outside perspective of good friends, Cara is forced to consider that her anxiety and growing insecurities have been planted in her mind by Sol in an effort to control her. This short narrative nod to the classic film Gaslight features stunning aerial work by renowned performer Crista Marie Jackson (The Greatest Showman) and also stars Fran Kranz (The Cabin In The Woods), Louisa Krause (Billions) and Garcia (Tales of the City). Silk is directed by John Magaro (The Many Saints of Newark, The Umbrella Academy, Carol, The Big Short) and written by award-winning playwright David Caudle and Healing TREE founder Marissa Ghavami. Silk is a Healing TREE production, in association with Face It, Poison Fruit Productions, Dr. David Grand and Dr. Jamie Marich. Silk was shot with a crew of 75% womxn many of whom are BIPOC and queer. Stay tuned for information on Silk in the film festival circuit and on its public release.
-Tony Paglia, MSW, LCSW, Personal Counselor/Disability Services Coordinator, Penn State Shenango
Locked Inside Us
Locked Inside Us is a Public Service Announcement / micro-short film geared towards middle school through college students and is about the “little t” traumas we keep inside us that affect our lives moving forward.
Re-released May 2020 in light of COVID-19
EMDR Therapy Training
Thanks to a grant from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and continued support from Face It, 29 therapists from Ramey-Estep Homes and 9 therapists from Face It partner organizations at the Children’s Alliance will be receiving 52 hours of Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Training and Consultation presented by Amber Stiles-Bodnar, Senior Faculty member with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. This marks the second year in a row that Healing TREE is coordinating this training which will impact approximately 1,900 more children in the Kentucky foster care system, 95% of whom are below the poverty level. Kentucky has the highest rates of child abuse and neglect in the country. The first Phase 1 finished in February of 2020, the second Phase 1 is in May of 2020 and Phase 2 will be held in October of 2020.
“This training was incredible! It was such an amazing experience witnessing first-hand how EMDR creates space for healing and hope. EMDR is equivalent to the cure for ‘emotional cancer.’”
We at Healing TREE are outraged, sickened and grieving over the most recent police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade and the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. We are painfully aware that these murders are part of an ongoing and longstanding history of racist violence and oppression in our country.
As an organization, we are committed to learning, growing and continuously doing better in doing our part to fight systemic racism, racial injustice and violence and discrimination against Black people. We are redoubling our efforts to diversify our leadership and entire community and are actively finding ways to be more inclusive and to join this fight for racial justice and serve our Black community members better. Our focus as an organization is on stopping abuse and healing trauma, and we acknowledge that perhaps no other group of people have been impacted by abuse and trauma more than the Black community.
We highly recommend reading these articles that deal with race-based traumatic stress: What Dr. King Understood About Rage, Riots, and the Trauma of the Unheard and What Is Intergenerational Trauma? An Expert Explains.
We also encourage our white community members to read: 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice. We urge all of our supporters to join us in saying Black Lives Matter and in taking deliberate actions so that our society reflects that.
Marissa Ghavami, Founder & CEO
MJ Kinman, President of the Board of Directors
Dr. David Grand, founder of Brainspotting, and Dr. Armando Gonzalez discuss racism through the lens of trauma and it’s impact on the human brain.
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