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Giving Back - Philanthropy Involvement

Dr. Dezelic is active in promoting cultural awareness, education, psychological and medical support for cultures and groups facing traumatic stress in the community and around the world; and in promoting, designing and presenting clinical education initiatives for bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of mental health.  Dr. Dezelic donates her time and talents with abundance and love to the many organizations that she supports.

~ Making a Difference in the lives of others through giving back – Connection through Creativity & Collaboration! ~

Dr. Marie Dezelic

Camillus Health Concern – Camillus House Florida, USA


Member of the Board of Directors & Education Initiatives

CAMILLUS HEALTH is a private, non-profit organization that provides comprehensive health care, behavioral health and social services to the homeless and poor in Miami-Dade County.

Located in downtown Miami at 336 NW 5th Street — and operating in four satellite sites around downtown — our committed team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to maintaining the health and well-being of Miami's least fortunate residents. We offer comprehensive medical, dental, and behavioral health care, as well as health education and specialty care.


Camillus Health's mission is to provide Christian hospitality and respect for life through direct services of health care, outreach, counseling and case management to persons who are poor and homeless in South Florida.


Camillus Health provides a comprehensive and multidisciplinary range of primary, preventive and supplemental health services for all patients. Services include primary adult and pediatric medical care, women's health services, podiatry, oral health, dermatology, behavioral health, transportation, and case management services. We offer primary health care services through our main site in downtown Miami and operate a satellite site at the Camillus House campus in Miami's health district.

Previous Workshop offered by Dr. Marie Dezelic & Dr. Rev. Gabriel Ghanoum:

Psychology of COVID-19

Transcending Grief

Trauma-Care for Healthcare

Staff Motivation & Support

Modern Day Slavery: Human Trafficking in Our Backyard

Previous Workshop offered by Dr. Marie Dezelic & Irene Rodriguez:


Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care: Models of Care, Strategies, Concerns, & Interventions

Camillus House & Health Training Modules

International Network on Personal Meaning Toronto, Canada



Member of the Board of Directors & Education Initiatives


THE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK ON PERSONAL MEANING is dedicated to advancing health, spirituality, peace and human fulfillment through research, education and applied psychology with a focus on the universal human quest for meaning and purpose. INPM is an international, multidisciplinary, learned society founded by Paul T. P. Wong in 1998 to expand the legacy and vision of Dr. Viktor Frankl. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization with the Federal Government of Canada in 2001.


As a learned society, INPM believes that high quality scientific research on the positive psychology of meaning in major life domains can contribute significantly to the well-being of individuals and communities. INPM also affirms the potential of personal and societal transformation through the impact of websites, publications, education and meaning-centered counseling/consultation.

Dr. Alex Pattakos (left), Dr. Marie Dezelic (center), and Dr. Rev. Gabriel Ghanoum (right)

at the International Meaning Conference

Previous Workshop offered by Dr. Marie Dezelic & Dr. Rev. Gabriel Ghanoum at the Meaning Conferences:


The Psychology of COVID-19: Trauma, Grief, & Wellness


Integrative Trauma-Informed Treatment: A Multi-Dimensional Therapeutic Model Attending to the Whole Person

International Association of Addiction Professionals

Florida, USA


Member of the Board of Directors


THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ADDICTION PROFESSIONALS seeks to provide credentialing and certification standards for professionals in the substance abuse and behavioral health fields.

Website: Under construction 

IAAP is Affiliated with: The Addictions Academy Website:

FACES - Foundation Advancing Cultural and Economic Survival

Florida, USA


Supporter & Previous founding Member of the Board of Directors

FACES, Foundation Advancing Cultural and Economic Survival, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization committed to preserving cultures in remote regions around the world, whose survival is at risk as a result of disease, extreme environmental factors, economic distress, and government neglect.


Our mission is to create greater global awareness about the plight of cultures at risk of extinction. In partnership with different associations, FACES documents first-hand the conditions which threaten these cultures to mobilize support and effect change.


FACES coordinates teams who build and support community schools and infrastructure. FACES also partners with medical clinics and global entities to conduct workshops on infectious disease, and provide medical assistance.


FACES is committed to facing the challenges of those who need a hand, a voice and a face in the world.

Previous FACES projects Dr. marie Dezelic was involved with:

Dr Marie Dezelic

Educate a mind - Create hope - Build a school

Documentary: Behind the Blue Veil

Aspen Center for Living Peace

Colorado, USA


Supporter & Education Initiatives


THE ASPEN CENTER FOR LIVING PEACE has been created to fill a programming niche in Aspen of longer, in-depth secular programming geared toward finding one’s inner peace, identifying one’s passions, and then sharing them with the world.  Empowering each person to make a difference in his or her life and in the world.


This holistic approach to living peace acknowledges that peace can be lived and experienced in all aspects of our daily lives. The work of uncovering peace is not just through conflict resolution and mediation – it is in the way we care for our environment, appreciate arts and culture, create our business, raise our children, and in every word we speak and every action we take.


Aspen Center for Living Peace’s Mission is to examine global and local issues and human needs through study, contemplation, dialogue, and service in the areas of peace, justice, unity within diversity, inner wisdom, and empowerment; with an effort to inspire people to turn words into action and develop peace within themselves and in the world.

​Previous Workshop offered by Dr. Marie Dezelic and Dr. Rev. Gabriel Ghanoum:

The Ongoing Discovery of Meaning and Connection in Relationships: A Choice for Personal Transformation

Dr. Marie Dezelic and Dr. Rev. Gabriel Ghanoum

Dr Marie Dezelic, Dr Gabriel Ghanoum
Dr Marie Dezelic, Artwork by Chady Elias

Finding Peace After Loss: From Initial Shock to Recovering Meaning

Dr. Marie Dezelic and Dr. Rev. Gabriel Ghanoum, with Rev. Lexie Brockway Potamkin

Book by Rev. Lexie Brockway Potamkin
Dr Marie Dezelic, Artwork By Chady Elias

Book by Rev. Lexie Brockway Potamkin

Columbia University Medical Center, Gray Matters, Department of Psychiatry

New York, USA





GRAY MATTERS at Columbia University Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry mission is to solve the mystery of such brain disorders as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, autism, addiction, and Alzheimer’s through scientific research on genetic and environmental causes


Gray Matters at Columbia is a research fund within Columbia University Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry that provides support for outstanding scientists dedicated to searching for the causes and cures of brain disorders. The Spring Benefit Luncheon is the major annual fundraising event by Columbia Psychiatry to support research on brain disorders through the Chairman's initiatives for the department. Since its inception in 2007, it has raised funds to support chosen fellows who benefit from the extensive expertise of a peerless team of talented scientists that includes two Nobel laureates who serve as their teachers and mentors. It is organized and run by a dedicated volunteer committee and is a beacon of hope to all who struggle with brain disorders.


Gray Matters at Columbia exists as a result of the kindness, compassion, and generosity of its donors.


Each year, Gray Matters at Columbia honors an individual who has made significant contributions to promote brain research on mental illness. The theme of the 2016 luncheon was depression, and the honoree was Audrey Gruss, Founder and Chair of the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF). Past honorees at the Spring Benefit Luncheon include Congressman Patrick Kennedy, Paula Zahn, Anne Ford, Jane Pauley, Dick Cavett, Gwyneth Paltrow and Andrew Solomon.

Rev. Lexie Brockway Potamkin (left), Dr. Brigitt Rok-Potamkin (center), and Dr. Marie Dezelic (right) at Gray Matters

HCA East Florida Division, Hospitals, Psycho-Social Education, Spiritual Care Department and Palliative Care

Florida, USA



Education Initiatives


Clinician multi-disciplinary education and preparation are two key elements in proving the high-quality care that is delivered in our hospitals every day.


Recent Workshops for Faculty, Department Directors & Educators, and Residents affiliated with University of Miami / Miller School of Medicine, by Dr. Marie Dezelic and Dr. Rev. Gabriel Ghanoum:


  • Motivational Interviewing Skills: Eliciting Change Behaviors for Patients in Healthcare

  • Physician Resilience: Reigniting Our Mission & Purpose

  • Meaning, Mindfulness & Motivation: Connection, Collaboration & Camaraderie Internal Medicine Faculty Retreat

  • An Epidemic of Empathy in Healthcare

  • Self-Care for Healthcare: Work - Life Balance

  • Designing a New Culture: A Motivation Revolution

No One Buried Alone

Palm Beach County, USA


Supporter & Consultant


The No One Buried Alone ministry was founded to take care of people who do not have any family or friends at the time of their death, and provide them with a dignified burial and resting place.  It is associated with members from Palm Beach County and Our Lady Queen of Peace in Palm Beach.  Through the support, donations and care of community members, these individuals have a family and home for their eternal resting.

Related Articles:


A Respectful Burial for Those No Longer Alone


Faithful Celebrate Life on Burial Day of Strangers


No One Buried Alone



Accredited Member & Supporter

  • Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA)

  • Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County (MHAPBC)

  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

  • International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)

  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

  • American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS)

  • International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS)

  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

  • Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy (VFIL)

  • Viktor Frankl Institute of Vienna, Austria (VFIV)

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