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.
Healing TREE is going LIVE every Sunday from 12PM – 1PM EST while physical distancing is in order… and perhaps beyond!
Our time will include:
• Group Check-In
• Mental Health Tips
• Special Guests
The sessions will be led by artist, advocate & creator + Healing TREE Founder Marissa Ghavami. Our Special Guests will include trauma experts as well as artists in the entertainment industry. If you’d like to see us go over anything specific, please email us with the subject Healing TREE Live.
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
PSA’s & SHORT FILMS
Silk: Coming Soon
Healing TREE hosts College Workshops on the 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. Stay tuned for information on Silk in the film festival circuit and on its public release.
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.’”
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