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We host workshops for high schoolers, college students and community members on the most insidious red flags of abuse and trauma, built around our short film Silk.

We host workshops for high schoolers, college students and community members on the most insidious red flags of abuse and trauma, built around our short film Silk.

1. Photography by La Bloise Art 2. Photography by Alexander Rivero

Silk Screening + Workshop

Photography by La Bloise Art (L) and Alexander Rivero (R)

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 was an Official Selection at the Academy Award-qualifying Reel Sisters of the Diaspora film festival. It 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. These screenings and workshops have had incredibly positive results as evidenced by the pre and post surveys, showing a highly significant increase in understanding of the topic and a virtually equal number of survivor and perpetrator self-identification.

About Our Screening + Workshop

Our Silk Screening + Workshop is a 1.5-2 hour event that can be done virtually or in person. The cost for a Screening + workshop is $750 for a virtual event and $1,500 for an in-person event, including speaker travel and lodging. This program can be done for groups as small as 10 and as large as 50. Thanks to our generous partner Kosair for Kids Face It Movement, we currently have a limited number of scholarship slots for organizations and schools in Kentucky and Southern Indiana through mid-May 2024. Email us to claim your slot!

The program consists of:

  • Introduction
  • Grounding exercise
  • Pre-assessment
  • Film screening
  • Message and grounding exercise from trauma expert and co-producer of Silk, Dr. Jamie Marich
  • Powerpoint presentation on the insidious red flags of abuse and trauma, highlighting examples from the film
  • About Healing TREE
  • Q&A 
  • Post-assessment 

Trailer

Testimonials

“When I watched the video initially I saw no signs of abuse until you explained them. One thing I learned about myself was that I may unintentionally be an abuser because I noticed I do some of those things. I’m feeling inspired to bring this information to my husband & talk this over with him.” 
– 2021 | The Center for Women and Families (Staff) | Louisville, KY

“I want to share this entire workshop with all of my friends and family.”
– Participant, 2021 | Face It Movement & Partner Organizations (Staff) | Louisville, KY 

“I learned a lot of things that I was not educated on and it also showed me that I made the right decision for me and my children leaving my abusive relationship”
– Participant, 2022 | Family & Children’s Place | Louisville, KY

“As a DV advocate, most of my clients say that it was the emotional abuse that hurts the worst, not physical/financial or sexual… it leaves the most scars and takes the longest to heal from. This film and workshop has brought more light to this and was an AMAZING experience. I appreciated it and needed it. Thank you.”
– Participant, 2022 | Clark County and Floyd County Bar Associations | Clark and Floyd Counties, IN

“This workshop was a good reminder about systemic oppression being trauma and a part of the intersectionality of many of our students’ trauma experiences.”
– Participant, 2022 | Brescia University | Owensboro, KY

“I am feeling inspired to continue to educate others, practice EMDR training more and find a therapist for myself.”
– Participant, 2022 | Brescia University | Owensboro, KY

“This was extremely informative and in depth. I appreciate how this film and workshop address aspects of psychological abuse that many people do not know about. Learning the specific tactics like stonewalling and emotional withholding was very informative. I also think it is very helpful that other contexts of abuse were included – many people do not consider abusive friendships or abusive parents or family members when talking about abuse/psychological abuse, and I think that was very helpful to share.”
– Participant, 2022 | Clark County and Floyd County Bar Associations | Clark and Floyd Counties, IN

“I learned that CBT isn’t a therapy that treats the particular parts of the brain where trauma is stored.”
– Participant, 2021 | GreenHouse17 (Staff) | Lexington, KY

I learned that trauma is so much more complex than what is understood on the surface, but the healing (not just coping) is very possible.
– Participant, 2021 | ChooseWell (Staff) | Louisville, KY

“I learned that my trauma is valid. I recognized that I have effects of trauma but I wasn’t beaten as a kid or anything like that so I thought my trauma wasn’t real or valid or that I was just extra sensitive.” 
– Participant, 2021 | The Center for Women and Families (Staff) | Louisville, KY

The best example of gaslighting! An awesome film that shows the subtleties of abuse and gaslighting, a MUST SEE!”
– Participant, 2021 | ChooseWell (Staff) | Louisville, KY

“A powerful short film that helps you understand emotional abuse in a way that books and presentations just can’t.”
– Participant, 2021 | Face It Movement & Partner Organizations (Staff) | Louisville, KY 

“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!”
– Participant, 2021 | Face It Movement & Partner Organizations (Staff) | Louisville, KY 

“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.”
– Participant, 2021 | Bellarmine University | Louisville, KY

“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.”
– Participant, 2021 | Bellarmine University | Louisville, KY

“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.”
– Participant, 2021 | Face It Movement & Partner Organizations (Staff) | Louisville, KY 

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Sponsor

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

Contact Healing TREE to discuss bringing a Silk Screening + Workshop to you.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!

Giving Levels

Healing TREE works closely with businesses, charitable trusts, public bodies and individuals to form mutually beneficial partnerships that have a real impact. Your support, no matter the size, is important in sustaining our life saving programs. In appreciation of your gift, you will receive a comprehensive collection of carefully selected benefits designed and easily customizable depending on your needs. If you have any questions about donor benefits, please contact us at [email protected] or (502) 743-2733.

PLATINUM $10,000
BENEFITS OF DONATING AT THE PLATINUM LEVEL

  • Extra-large logo placement on Silk page.
  • Prominent sponsor name / logo recognition in all press releases and social media posts related to sponsored screenings + workshops.
  • 3 posts on any of our social media platforms – dedicated to your company only.
  • Annual impact report with a charitable tax receipt.

GOLD $6,000
BENEFITS OF DONATING AT THE GOLD LEVEL

  • Large logo placement on Silk page.
  • Prominent sponsor name / logo recognition in all press releases and social media posts related to sponsored screenings + workshops.
  • 2 posts on any of our social media platforms – dedicated to your company only.
  • Annual impact report with a charitable tax receipt

SILVER $3,000
BENEFITS OF DONATING AT THE SILVER LEVEL

  • Medium logo placement on Silk page.
  • Sponsor name / logo recognition in all press releases and social media posts related to sponsored screenings + workshops.
  • 1 post on any of our social media platforms – dedicated to your company only.
  • Annual impact report with a charitable tax receipt

BRONZE $1,500
BENEFITS OF DONATING AT THE BRONZE LEVEL

  • Small logo placement on Silk page.
  • Sponsor name / logo recognition in all press releases and social media posts related to sponsored screening + workshop.
  • 1 post on any of our social media platforms – this will be shared with other level sponsors
  • Annual impact report with a charitable tax receipt.

FRIENDS $750
BENEFITS OF DONATING AT THE FRIENDS LEVEL

  • Extra small logo / name placement on Silk page.
  • Sponsor name / logo recognition in all press releases and social media posts related to sponsored screening + workshop.
  • Annual impact report with a charitable tax receipt.

Looking for an affordable and convenient way to support Healing TREE? Simply arrange a monthly gift. Recurring donations are vital to sustaining all of Healing TREE’s programming. All monthly donors will be recognized at the level associated with their annual donation total.