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Meet 2021 President’s Award Recipient Heesun Kim

Heesun Kim, LCSWis a psychotherapist in private practice with a background in clinical social work and creative art. She is a Ph.D. dissertation student at Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Depth Psychology Program specializing in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices. She holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Heesun Kim worked at the Floating Hospital Mental Health Clinic and the Korean American Family Service Center (KAFSC) as a trauma therapist and worked with homeless shelters and domestic violence safe haven houses in NYC. In addition, she is a Somatic Experiencing (SE) Trauma practitioner and certified yoga teacher at Integral Yoga Institute (IYINY). In 2015, she created the grief space, a temporary public art installation in New York City, and in 2019, she facilitated the Grieving Tree event at Pacifica’s Lambert campus. In 2021, Heesun Kim facilitated a virtual Grieving Tree project to honor precious lives lost from Covid-19 and their families. Heesun Kim is a 2021-2022 Fulbright grant recipient and currently researching in South Korea about healing intergenerational Trauma through collective mourning in Jeju shamanic tradition.

Heesun will be honored at the 2021 Coming Home Awards Celebration on October 20th. For more information on the event, click here.

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