For behavioral health professionals, The U.S. Journal Training Conferences are some of most highly anticipated events of the year. Each even in their conference series gathers internationally-renowned experts and thought leaders to share their latest discoveries and insights into the human mind.
We are excited to announce a new update to the 2017 Alumni Retreat Schedule – The Recovery Improv Workshop with The Tonight Show regular Dion Flynn!
By Aleah Johnson, The Meadows Alumni Coordinator
I am thrilled to announce that registration for the 2017 Meadows Alumni Retreat is now OPEN! This is one of my favorite times of the year. This year's retreat was my first one at The Meadows and I can honestly say that it was one of the most impactful weekends I have had. My aha moments from this year's retreat involved a lot of surrender, a lot of being open to trying things someone else's way, and allowing myself to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. The moments, fellowship, laughter, tears, and smiles shared with fellow alumni, as well as The Meadows staff, will be something that I take with me in the years to come.
Here is what some other alumni have to say about it:
"I come because it's like a family reunion with a Meadows re-fuel!" – Amy B.
"When I go to the retreat, I immediately feel a sense of belonging, that this is exactly where I am supposed to be at that time. It’s a great validation and acknowledgement of my time and commitment to my own recovery, being of service, and showing up for others. Hearing about others' journey through recovery is inspiring and an important reminder that I’m not alone!" – Greg F.
"We go back to the retreat because it is a great way to start off the year, we feel inspired and energized from the event. It's also a great way to find out what other programs are being offered by The Meadows." – Chris B.
"I came to the Meadows in September of 2015 with a broken heart & severe depression over the ending of my 27 year marriage. I knew The Meadows was my last resort in healing my heart and learning to live in my new normal. When I came home, my daughter said I was a new person, and I was. From that point forward, I knew I wanted to attend the Alumni Retreat yearly. Seeing old friends, making new friends, and the resources made available to us was phenomenal. It’s an event that will be on my calendar yearly. I don’t want to miss it!" – Lori B.
There is so much to learn, regardless of your time in recovery or the time you have supported someone in recovery since attending Family Week; we offer something for everyone!
Click here for more information and to register - we'll see you there!
Dr. Shelley Uram—a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows— has a gift for explaining incredibly complex ideas about trauma and the brain in a way that is understandable and entertaining. Behavioral health professionals in the Cincinnati, Ohio area will have an opportunity to hear her speak on Monday, June 20 at the Lindner Center of Hope Gym.
So much is changing in the world of emotional trauma treatment. Dr. Uram will talk about what happens in our brains when we are traumatized that “throws off ” our thinking, emotions, body, and relationships, and potentially thwarts our entire life course. She will also explain some of the latest, cutting-edge trauma treatments, and offer suggestions on how to design an individually tailored trauma treatment approach for each client.
This event is free and includes 1.5 NAADAC or APA CE credits or 1.5 NBCC Clock Hours. Please RSVP by June 6, 2016. Space is limited! Email Scott Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-344-2922.
PLEASE NOTE: You must RSVP to receive a continuing education certificate. 1.5 continuing education credits or NBCC clock hours are available; no partial credit will be given.
The treatment of psychological and emotional trauma is at the heart of everything we do at our Meadows Behavioral Healthcare programs. (The Meadows, The Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Gentle Path at the Meadows, Remuda Ranch, The Meadows Outpatient Center and Rio Retreat Center.) We’re grateful to have Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Shelley Uram as Senior Fellows, who help guide our staff and ensure that we stay on the cutting edge of therapeutic inventions to help people fully recover from addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sex addiction, eating disorders and many other behavioral health issues.
That’s also why we’re proud to be sponsors of the 27th Annual International Trauma Conference, taking place in Boston, Massachusetts, June 1 – 4. This year’s theme is “Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Self-Identity and Therapeutic Interventions.”
The conference is being directed by Dr. van der Kolk, who is the author of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Dr. Shelley Uram will lead a workshop on Friday afternoon called “Reclaiming Our Lives from ‘little t’ Trauma;” and, Dr. Peter Levine will give a keynote address on Somatic Experiencing on Saturday morning.
Early registration ends May 2. Continuing Education Credits are available for behavioral health professionals. Visit the conference website for more information.
For the past three decades, the International Trauma conference has examined how trauma affects psychological and biological processes, and how the damage caused by overwhelming life experiences can be reversed. This year, they will explore new frontiers in this work— frontiers that transcend old paradigms of talking, analyzing and administering drugs.
The study of psychological trauma has been accompanied by an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self. Developments in the neurosciences, developmental psychopathology, and information processing have contributed to our understanding of how brain function is shaped by experience and that life itself continually transforms perception and biology.
The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development.
Researchers have learned that most experience is automatically processed on a subcortical level, i.e., by “unconscious” interpretations that take place outside of awareness. Insight and understanding have only a limited influence on the operation of these subcortical processes. When addressing the problems of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experience as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on understanding and cognition.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the industry’s top leaders in neurobehavioral health!
Conscious, explicit, memory is only the proverbial tip of a very deep and mighty iceberg. It barely hints at the submerged strata of primal implicit experience that moves and motivates us in ways that the conscious mind can only begin to imagine.
But imagine we should, and understand we must, if we are to work effectively and wisely with trauma and its memory traces in both mind and body. Without a firm grasp of the multidimensional structure of traumatic memory, as it is stored in the brain and held in the body, therapists are often left floundering in the swamplands of ambiguity and uncertainty. Indeed, misconceptions about so called recovered memories have caused much unnecessary pain and suffering for patients and for their families, while also creating confusion and self-doubt for the therapists who treat them.
On March 11, 2016, Dr. Peter Levine, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, will explore the significance of “lower level” (implicit) emotional and procedural (“body”) memory systems and their interweaving in the resolution and healing of trauma in presentation at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.
Participants will also examine “bottom-up” processing in supporting trust in clients’ discovery of their innate self-protective responses to threat, in weaving a coherent narrative, and in supporting a deeper connection with their Authentic Self.
This event is free, but you must RSVP by March 7, 2016. To reserve your spot, contact Shannon Spollen at email@example.com or 928-684-4048. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits or NBCC Clock Hours are available. About Peter A. Levine, PhD
Dr. Peter Levine holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing® (SE), a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and teaches it all over the globe. He is the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle. Dr. Levine is the author of Healing Trauma, Sexual Healing and the best-selling book, Waking the Tiger; he co-authored, with Maggie Kline, Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His newest book, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, is a testament to his lifelong investigation into the connection between evolutionary biology, neuroscience, animal behavior, and more than 40 years of clinical experience in the healing of trauma.
He was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).
PLEASE NOTE: You must RSVP to receive a continuing education certificate. 3.0 continuing education credits or NBCC clock hours are available; no partial credit will be given.
In the Murray Method, special emphasis is placed on the personal work of the health professional/student based on the belief that a therapist always must address his or her own issues first in order to be an effective clinician and a healthy role-model personally and professionally.
This workshop will provide behavioral health professionals with an introduction to The Murray Method and an integrated view of the effects of childhood trauma, abuse and deprivation on personality development.
The Murray Method is a theoretical model for understanding the effects of trauma, abuse and deprivation on individuals and families. The theory and treatment modalities will provide clinicians with basic concepts that will help them and their clients…
Sessions are conducted with time devoted to didactic instruction, experiential work, and small group participation each day.
The course will be conducted by Marilyn Murray, M.A., creator of The Murray Method.
CEUs will be available.
The workshops will be offered on the following dates in 2016:
For more details, call 800-244-4949. Our Intake Coordinators are happy to assist you between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. MST on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST on weekends.
24.5 Continuing Education Credits or NBCC Clock Hours Available
The Meadows provides 24.5 continuing education credits from the following agencies:
This year, Senior Fellow Dr. Shelley Uram and Chief Psychiatrist Jon Caldwell will present at the 28th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders. The conference is a premier training event, offering up to 20 hours of continuing education credit for behavioral health professionals. It is hosted by U.S. Journal Training, Inc.(USJT) and The Institute for Integral Development. The Meadows is a participating sponsor.
This year, a series of comprehensive seminars will spotlight trauma treatment; brain science and therapy; wisdom of the heart and mindfulness; co-occurring disorders; and treating anxiety and depression. These seminars will serve as a forum for exploring complex issues within the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of mental illness and addictive disorders.
Among the roster of nationally recognized speakers is Shelley Uram, MD, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and a Harvard-trained, triple-board-certified psychiatrist. Her keynote address, Trauma Treatment Evolved, will examine what happens in the brain when a person is traumatized, how this can dysregulate the nervous system and body, and the types of approaches that can help traumatized people get their lives back.
Dr. Uram will also offer a workshop called Psychological Trauma and Addiction: How Do They Connect? where she will explore trauma’s connection with addiction and discuss cutting edge treatments.
Our Chief Psychiatrist, Jon Caldwell, DO, PhD, will lead a session entitled Trauma, Attachment and Addiction: Healing Relational Wounds by Cultivating Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. He will investigate how child maltreatment can profoundly influence human development, resulting in a variety of mental, emotional, and social challenges – including addictive disorders.
For more information about the conference, visit the USJT website.
Recently Jenna Pastore, Director of Business Development East Region for The Meadows, teamed up with Beth Easter, LADAC, CSAT to host an afternoon of self-care and creative expression through art. Clinicians from the Nashville, Tennessee area, put aside their jackets, letters, and logo on April 29, 2015 and got to know each other in a different and fun way.
The Free-A-Tive Experience is a story sculpting workshop platform created by Beth Easter. Beth has over 20 years’ experience as a therapist and completed a storytelling graduate program several years ago. She is a gifted artist in her own right and created this unique workshop experience combining storytelling, painting and meditation to help those in the “helping professions” to tap into their creativity.
Beth shared her thoughts on the concept that she offers by facilitating this event “Building time in our lives for creativity, fun, and laughter may be the greatest gift we have to give our clients and patients,” Beth said. “We’ve all heard, “We can’t give away what we don’t have.” Let’s enjoy a time of color, creativity, storytelling and honoring the work we do.”
According to Jenna, guests had a great time creating their “stories” and sharing them with the group. “I am so grateful for the chance to work with Beth and bring this giveback opportunity to area mental health professionals,” Jenna said. “The experience personally moved me; I connected with a wonderful memory that I was able to story sculpt and bring to life on canvas! I think all professionals could benefit from this workshop.”
For more information on The Free-A-Tive Experience, contact Beth Easter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Meadows Senior Fellow Dr. Peter Levine presents: In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness this Thursday, April 2 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch Arizona Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The presentation discusses how trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, but is rather an injury caused by paralyzing fright, helplessness and loss. By enlisting the wisdom of the living sensing body, and engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions, trauma can be transformed and healed. There will also be a discussion on the roots of addiction in unresolved trauma, insecure attachment, and in habitual childhood frustration.
Dr. Levine draws on over 40 years experience as a pioneering body-oriented clinician with a focus on stress, biology, child development and discoveries in neurosciences. He shows that it is possible to live life robustly with pleasure and creativity even in the face of the most painful assaults to our humanity, as well as in the face of deceptively trivial ones.
From an evolutionary understanding of the source of trauma, to a spiritual dimension of how we as human beings can be strengthened by traumatic healing – we learn to attend to the “unspoken voice of the body.”
Date Thursday, April 2, 2015
Location Hyatt Regency Scottsdale
Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Time 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch provided by The Meadows
To RSVP please contact
Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. The developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment, he conducts trainings in this work throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures. Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA on the development of the space shuttle project and was a member of the Institute of World Affairs Task Force of Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. Levine’s international bestseller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into twenty-two languages. His recent interests include the prevention of trauma in children, and he has co-written two books, with Maggie Kline, in this area: Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he received the Life Time Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP). For further information on Dr. Levine’s trainings, projects and literature, visit www.traumahealing.com and www.somaticexperiencing.com.
PLEASE NOTE: You must RSVP to receive a continuing education certificate. Two continuing education credits or two NBCC clock hours will be given.
You must attend the lecture in its entirety. No partial credit will be given. No exceptions. Please note that it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certifi cation boards to determine eligibility to meet your continuing education requirements.