The Meadows hosted a Free Recovery Lecture Series on April 17th in London at the Radisson Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel. Presenters Barbara Pawson and Chris John gave a brilliant presentation on Healthy(re)parenting: It all starts with me! The lecture defined how through adverse childhood events and hidden trauma we have learned debilitating ways to parent ourselves and how damaging it can be on our adult relationships. Using The Meadows Model, Barbara and Chris provided insight on how to "Re parent" ourselves in Healthy ways.
Barbara Pawson is an accredited addiction counselor and highly regarded clinical supervisor. Barbara is also a lecturer at the London South Bank University and has been a consultant for the implementation of programs in Britain, Belgium and Holland.
Chris John is a qualified integrative therapeutic counselor who works with individuals, couples and groups. Chris runs a successful private practice helping his clients deal with a range of issues including, anxiety, somatization, trauma and addictive disorders as well as co-dependency.
John Graham, an attendee at the lecture, shared the following:
"I am a therapeutic counselor working with traumatized individuals who use substance abuse and behavioral process as a compensatory coping mechanism resulting in active addiction and the impact the addiction has on their self-esteem causes a vicious circle which is difficult to deal with.
However, the topic that was explored at the Meadows London Free Lecture recently - Self-Parenting - was delivered by the presenters in a humane manner within the Meadows Model and Pia Mellody's work was the primary focus that allowed me to further recognize the value of the establishment within a residential structured setting of personal boundaries for individuals compromised by the trauma they struggle with, and the self-parenting focus is most meaningful, allowing individuals to give themselves permission to be kind to themselves, which starts a chain reaction that effectively replaces the vicious circle of cruel active addiction."
A special thanks to Barbara and Chris for their time in delivering an insightful presentation. Their passion, enthusiasm and dedication are very much appreciated.