The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center has announced enhancements to its inpatient program including an expansion of services and increased length of stay for patients who admit September 3, 2014 and after.
Jim Dredge, CEO of The Meadows, reported The Meadows will increase its length of stay to 45 days to allow patients the necessary time to complete the program and benefit from the additional services now offered from its new Brain Center. Dredge unveiled the improvements on a Town Hall style call on August 19, 2014. The Meadows Senior Fellow Dr. Shelley Uram was instrumental in creating the center and participated in the call. Dr. Uram described how the Brain Center’s state-of-the-art equipment will aid the patient to become grounded and self-regulated. The center will use a variety of science-based modalities including Neurofeedback, Crainial Electro Stimulation (CES), M-Wave device measurements, along with Hemoencephalography (HEG) biofeedback.
The Brain Center will operate under the direction of by The Meadows Director of Trauma Resolution Services, Deirdre Stewart, MSC, LPC, SEP, and a team of five Master’s level and above therapists.
Dredge said development the Brain Center at The Meadows has been a collaborative effort over the last 18 months with Senior Fellows Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Claudia Black, Dr. Peter Levine, Pia Mellody and Dr. Uram. “We think rolling out the Brain Center is really significant and the first of its kind anywhere in the country,” Dredge said. “It will allow us to introduce technologies and methodologies for assessing our patients and also provide our patients effective tools to improve their self-regulation and ultimately enhance their recovery.”
In addition to treatments in the Brain Center, other enhancements to the patients’ experience include a Mindfulness workshop developed by The Meadows Chief of Psychiatry Dr. Jon Caldwell. This workshop is based on Dr. Caldwell’s years of clinical work in the trauma field, research in human attachment and contemplative neuroscience and his personal journey utilizing mindfulness and self-compassion. He has delivered this workshop across the world, and it will now be exclusively provided at The Meadows treatment facility in Wickenburg, Arizona.
Dr. Uram, a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist, also shared that The Meadows is an official elective training site for Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance Psychiatry Residents. “This collaborative relationship with Harvard is very significant for us and one we cherish,” said CEO Jim Dredge. “It will allow for The Meadows to share our methods and processes with Harvard medical residents and provide them the opportunity to further develop the treatments we use at The Meadows for our patients.”
To learn more about The Meadows program enhancements, listen to the Town Hall call in its entirety online here or use the integrated player below.