1. Photography by La Bloise Art 2. Photography by Alexander Rivero
Silk Screening + Workshop
Our short film Silk, and accompanying workshop with guided discussion, illustrate, educate on and explore the most insidious forms of abuse and trauma. Silk stars mainstream talent and engages high schoolers, college students and community members to have an open conversation about these important but often undiscussed topics. Our pre and post engagement assessments ensure that folks walk away far better equipped to heal from the aftermath of what too many may have faced and to prevent themselves and others from being victimized by, or perpetrating, abusive situations in the future.
September 2020 | Face It Movement & Partner Organizations | Louisville, KY
“A powerful short film that helps you understand emotional abuse in a way that books and presentations just can’t.”
“I want to share this entire workshop with all of my friends and family.”
“I learned that there are justifications to how I feel about and react to people in my life sometimes. I am not just sensitive, irrational, or overly emotional.”
“I learned that I have been in previous relationships that were really unhealthy, even when I couldn’t name the issue.”
“I learned that I engage in several emotionally abusive behaviors with my partner.”
“I would like to talk to my therapist about this film during our session tomorrow. I’m concerned that I have been emotionally abusive towards my partner at times related to my personal upbringing and what I’ve thought as ‘normal’, can actually be quite harmful to my partner.”
“What an incredible workshop and film! I find the nuances of the film to be clear after having been explained all the forms of abuse that are shown by (Healing TREE Founder) Marissa. These types of abuse are so common and fly under the radar that most people would have no idea that they are either doing these behaviors or are a victim or both. I highly recommend this workshop to everyone to better educate our country so we can stop the abuse that causes so many sociological issues. Thank you for this in depth education!”
September 2020 | YouthBuild Annual Staff Retreat | Louisville, KY
“Made me think more about how defensively I respond to mistakes or comments others make. I need to be more cognizant to not blame shift or project.”
“I might be a victim of this type of trauma. I may have hurt others in this way.”
“I learned that you can learn how to heal instead of just learning coping mechanisms.”
“I’m a victim of many different forms of trauma, and I love the approach you take regarding this. I think it is important to talk about, and take steps to healing. It really opens your eyes of different kinds of abuse and how it effects every part of your being when you are abused.”
“I learned that there are many forms of abuse and trauma and sometimes we might do or say things that could be considered abusive or cause trauma.”
March 2021 | Bellarmine University | Louisville, KY
“This really opened my eyes and mind to how insidious emotional abuse can be, but also how much hope there is in healing, thank you!”
“I feel inspired to have an authentic conversation with my partner so we can be healthier for each other.”
“This was very eye opening, and it kind of shocked me. it brought me clarity about past and some present relationship issues that I need to address now.”
“This was incredible. Thank you for doing this! I hope you all are able to keep doing these in the future, I think it is really important especially for college aged people to learn about emotional abuse and trauma as many first relationships develop at this age.”
“I am definitely a victim of emotional abuse in past relationships and my current relationship has touches of it on both sides. I will use what I learned to try and strengthen my current relationship and stop this pattern for myself.”
March 2021 | University of Louisville | Louisville, KY
“I learned that what I experienced is real, and I am not alone.”
“I thought this workshop was incredibly informative and it helped me learn a lot about trauma, abuse, and trauma focused care. While I haven’t been impacted by relationship abuse in the past I will be able to use what I learned to help those around me.”
“I learned a lot about how to recognize signs of trauma and how to approach friends who may been in toxic relationships.”
You can sponsor a high school, college, or community organization to host our Silk Screening + Workshop at no cost to them. $750 covers a virtual event and $1,500 covers an in person event.
Bring a Silk Screening + Workshop to your school or organization
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