Join the filmmakers
and subjects for a Q & A following the film.
A Documentary by:
Connie Robillard and Marcel A. Duclos
Directed and Produced
by: Amber Ward
Ben Cleek | SoundDesign/Colorist:
Threads revolves around the lives of Connie Robillard and Marcel Duclos,
both whom have survived a life of abuse and neglect. Based on the book,
"Common Threads", written by Connie and Marcel, Amber Ward directs this
remarkable feature-length documentary. A story of healing and helping
others, overcoming obstacles, and understanding the long term effects of
sexual, emotional and physical abuse.
All tickets sales will be donated to Free Arts Minnesota and Minnesota
Women in Psychology (MWP). Free Arts Minnesota is a non-profit
organization dedicated to bringing the healing powers of artistic
expression into the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children and
their families. Minnesota Women in Psychology promotes the professional
development of women psychologists, informs members about ideas and
issues which affect women, develops network and support group systems,
and takes action in the best interest of Minnesota women. Join the
filmmakers and subjects for a Q & A following the film.
The book Common Threads: Stories of
Life After Trauma was featured in the April 2004 edition of the
National Mental Health Counselor’s newsletter, The Advocate, in
association with an article on PTSD by Dr. Janina Fisher, Ph.D.
Books will be available at the Parkway Theater event & workshop.
Film Title: Common Threads.
We will offer an original
documentary developed in collaboration with a professional film
maker, Amber Ward. This film is based on the book, Common Threads:
Stories of Life After Trauma which chronicles the lives of two
children, a boy and a girl. It speaks of lives touched by trauma &
its’ effects on self concepts, image and life choices. This is our
story and the story of so many traumatized people. Amber Ward
created a beautiful film about abuse, recovery and hope.
7Pm– This documentary will be shown as a benefit presentation - all
tickets sales donated to Free Arts of Minnesota & Women In
professional who is in contact with sexually abused emotionally
traumatized children or adults:
Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counselors, Substance Abuse
Counselors, Educators, Human Service Agencies, Students, First
Responders, Child Protective Services, Rape & Assault service
workers … all of us who’s lives touch others.
Program participants will be able to…
Understand the inner
world of trauma.
Be able to become
more fully present to themselves and others.
Be able to detect
their own activated, triggered personality parts.
Be have an
opportunity to learn methods which can allow them to become
attuned to highly stressed, traumatized individuals without
blending or being triggered.
Increase our personal
& professional level of Self Care.
This program supports the
basic principles that the natural mind is multiple and that, with
the stress of trauma, our personality parts can become extreme.
Presenters will conduct
this experiential workshop based on theory, essential techniques of
trauma treatment and the practical conclusions of neuroscience.
Workshop leaders incorporate aspects of the training in Internal
Family Systems Therapy, EMDR, Jungian Psychology and Core Energetic
Therapy into this workshop.
The film, which is
emotionally evocative, lays the groundwork of the workshop. It
drives home the reality of the long shelf life of abuse giving
insight into windows of opportunity for intervention.
In preparation for viewing
the film, the presenters will guide the participants to monitor
their somatic responses.
This workshop offers a
clear, practical understanding of somatic and internal traumatic
reactions associated with PTSD and complex trauma.
Experimenting with gentle
treatment modalities participants will learn to use their body
responses as treatment markers, enhance treatment approaches and
increase self care.
Connie Robillard, MA
Connie has worked with
women and couples for thirty years as first a community worker and
then as licensed psychotherapist. A perpetual student, curiosity &
creative energy are the elements she brings to this workshop. EMDR,
Internal Family Systems, creative and experiential therapies
influence her personal story and professional life.
Marcel A. Duclos
Marcel is a forty year
veteran teacher, trainer, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, and
practicing philosopher and theologian. He had taught and learned in
Brazil, The Netherlands, Germany and the United States.
Psychodynamics, Body Psychotherapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems
informs his work and his life. He joins with others as an unfinished
Certificates of completion will
be available following the workshop.
program has been approved by NBCC, the National Board for Certified
Counselors for 6 CEUs.