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The Meadows is proud to be a sponsor of the 2nd National Conference on Trauma, Addictions, and Intimacy-Disorders. The conference will take place April 30 - May 2, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Special Focus On:

  • Trauma Treatment
  • Addictions
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Mindfulness, Meditation & Spirituality
  • Managing Anxiety & Depression
  • Experiential and Expressive Therapies

Program Focus:

This conference will address many of today’s most topical issues facing professionals in the addictions and behavioral health fields. The latest research advances will be shared with practical applications for frontline health professionals. Network with your peers as our nationally recognized faculty present cutting edge issues and clinical strategies. State-of-the-art morning plenaries will be followed by afternoon skill building workshops affording interaction and discussion.

Program Objectives:

  1. To identify effective treatment approaches for successfully treating addictive disorders, trauma, co-occurring disorders, relationship and intimacy issues, as well as other psychological and behavioral issues.
  2. To be able to discern symptoms and characteristics manifested in these disorders and to diminish/correct their negative impact on the client’s interpersonal and family relationships.
  3. To identify the key implications of neuroscience research as it applies to addictive disorders, trauma, process addictions, and food and nutrition issues in recovery.
  4. To identify several key advances in the mental health and addiction fields resulting from research and practice innovations.

Who Should Attend?

With up to 29 Continuing Education Credits offered, this training will be especially valuable to those working in the areas of:

  • Mental Health
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Research
  • Registered Nursing
  • Courts and Corrections
  • Prevention
  • Employee Assistance
  • School and Pastoral Counseling
  • Interventions
  • Recovery Coaching

Full-Time Registration Includes:

  • “Meet and Greet” Reception
  • Recovery Concert
  • Morning/Afternoon Refreshments
  • One Year Subscription to COUNSELOR MAGAZINE
  • Conference Materials
  • Continuing Education Certificate

Limited Number of Exhibit Spaces Available

For more information contact:

Lorrie Keip Cositore
1-800-851-9100 x220


Stephen Cooke
1-800-851-9100 ext. 222

Wednesday, 04 February 2015 00:00

Recovery 2.0

Dr. Jon Caldwell has been chosen as 2015 Recovery 2.0 Faculty. His presentation: Mindfulness Approaches to Recovery is part of the Recovery 2.0 Conference. Please make a point of signing up for the free conference to hear Jon and 30 other thought leaders.

What is Recovery 2.0?

Recovery 2.0 is a global movement and community of people who embrace a holistic approach to recovery from all addiction including such elements as: Yoga, Meditation, 12 Steps, Healthy relationships with people, food, money and the identification of one’s purpose and mission in life.

Sign Up Today

Whether It's Your First Day Sober, You've Been in Recovery For Years, You Have a Loved One Who Has Struggled With Addiction, Or You Work in the Field of Recovery, Find Inspiration and Support at the 4th Annual Recovery 2.0 Conference!

You can learn more at the website.




The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center is a major supporting sponsor of this year’s SavingTeens Annual Charity Celebration in Nashville, Tenn. on February 4, 2015. SavingTeens In Crisis Collaborative (SavingTeens) is a non-profit organization which assists struggling youth and their families with both financial and emotional support, so they can receive the treatment they need, but may not be able to afford.

“I have been involved with SavingTeens since its inception; as both a Board member and an advisor,” said Jim Dredge, CEO of The Meadows. “This foundation provides a one-of-a-kind service to struggling teens, and in all cases, represents the one opportunity to move them from a life of despair and dysfunction to one of hope and success.” Dredge goes on to say: “John Ruben, Founder and President of SavingTeens In Crisis Collaborative, and his team are a beacon of light for these struggling teens and their families at a time of darkness. We should all reach out to help this worthy cause.”

Through The Meadows’ sponsorship, Jessica Martindale, a Meadows Workshop Alumni, was connected with SavingTeens to participate in the charitable event. Martindale attended The Meadows’ Survivors Workshop in 2012 when she was 20, and from her experience, she was able to realize her childhood dream of being a singer and pursued it. Today, Martindale is living her dream recording original songs, touring and releasing music videos. Martindale will be sharing her story as well as performing during the event.

“There are two songs in particular—“Go” and “Soon, We’ll Dance”—that capture my journey, said Martindale. “I wrote “Go” as a reminder to myself to live in a place of honesty, and “Soon, We’ll Dance” is about my experience leaving my stable world to pursue my passion.”

"SavingTeens is so grateful that The Meadows introduced us to Jessica Martindale. She is a wonderful spokesperson for the industry with an incredibly big heart. Without the support of The Meadows and Jessica, we could not be hosting this amazing celebration in honor of SavingTeens and the families that we serve,” said Carrie Weatherhead, LCSW, SavingTeens Director of Development.

For more information on SavingTeens In Crisis Collaboration, click here. More information on Jessica Martindale can be found at this link online. 

About The Meadows

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. The Meadows helps change lives through the Meadows model, 12-step practices, and the holistic healing of mind, body, and spirit. To learn more about The Meadows, contact us at (800) 244-4949 or click here.

Friday, 19 December 2014 00:00

Meadows Masters Symposium

John Bradshaw, Pia Mellody and Other Pioneers Present at One-of-a-Kind Event

Meadows Behavioral Healthcare hosted its first Meadows Behavioral Healthcare Masters Symposium on December 10-12, 2014 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Featured speakers were industry leaders – many of whom are Meadows’ Senior Fellows – and discussed trends in behavioral health. The list of prominent presenters included John Bradshaw; Pia Mellody; Dr. Patrick Carnes; Dr. Claudia Black; and Dr. Shelley Uram. Additionally, James “Buck” Runyan, MS, LMFT, LPC, CEDS, Clinical Director for Remuda Ranch at The Meadows and Jon Caldwell, DO, PhD, The Meadows Chief of Psychiatry presented topics to the symposium attendees.

“Our vision was to provide a one-of-a-kind, content-rich symposium for behavioral health professionals to learn from true industry masters,” said Patty Evans, Chief Marketing Officer at The Meadows. “The event served as a way for us to give back to all of the industry professionals we’ve worked with over the years and to showcase the important work that we do that truly transforms lives.”

Among other content presented at the full-agenda, one-day symposium geared to behavioral health professionals:

  • John Bradshaw, MA, presented research from his new book entitled Post-Romantic Stress Disorder. He cites current research from anthropologist Helen Fish on three distinct innate brain programs: lust, in-love, and attachments. It is now clear that the in-love (romance) program evolved to help us find suitable biological mates; it did not evolve to ensure long-term relationships.

  • Dr. Claudia Black explored what is most often at the core and the heart of addiction – developmental trauma. Seldom does addiction show itself spontaneously within a family. Toxic stress, ultimately, becomes chronic, and the adverse childhood experiences affect the neurobiology of the family are now strongly ingrained.

Sobriety Chip

Patty Evans presents John Bradshaw with a 50 year chip during the Masters Symposium.

About The Meadows 

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. The Meadows helps change lives through the Meadows model, 12-step practices, and the holistic healing of mind, body, and spirit. To learn more about The Meadows, contact us at (800) 244-4949 or click here.

Dr. Patrick Carnes, the pioneer researcher whose work helped establish the concept of compulsive sexual behavior as an addiction, presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to renowned lecturer and bestselling author John Bradshaw at the second annual International Sex & Love Addiction Conference. The three-day conference focused on the changing architecture of addictive desire, trauma, and attachment.

Bradshaw, who is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, is a New York Times bestselling author and has been featured in numerous PBS specials. For more than 25 years, Bradshaw has helped transform our understanding of the family and has been a dominant figure in the field of addiction and recovery. He was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his book RECLAIMING VIRTUE. His latest book entitled Post Romantic Stress Disorder was recently released by Health Communications, Inc.

“The three-day conference brought together the cutting edge and great advancements in this field; a pleasure to sit in the presentations to see how far we've come and the vision for the future,” said Bradshaw.

Co-sponsored by The Meadows, a Wickenburg Arizona-based treatment center focusing on trauma and addiction, this key industry event drew more than 300 clinicians and therapists who explored the many facets of Sex & Love Addiction, one of the most pertinent clinical and counseling issues facing addiction and mental health professionals.

Prominent speakers included Conference Chair Dr. Patrick Carnes, founder of Gentle Path at The Meadows; Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, the pioneer researcher whose work has helped establish the concept of compulsive sexual behavior as an addiction; and Dr. Claudia Black, renowned addictions, codependency, and family systems expert who is also a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and has spent more than a decade in an advisory role there.

Conference attendee Dr. Jon Caldwell, chief of psychiatry at The Meadows who specializes in the treatment of adults with relational trauma histories and addictive behaviors, found the conference inspiring, enlightening, and meaningful. “This international conference features some of the most knowledgeable and respected thought leaders of our day in the fields of trauma, attachment, and sex/love addiction. Additionally, their experience and wisdom is being augmented by a new generation of passionate leaders and remarkable scientific advances. It has been a historic conference that will have great meaning and utility for the people we serve!”

The Meadows pride ourselves on providing quality, cutting-edge care from some of the nation's leading industry experts. Each Senior Fellow is involved in world-wide practice and research in their area of expertise - lecturing patients on clinical works, publishing works in numerous professional publications, and providing their teachings and expertise to the patients and therapeutic staff at The Meadows.

On September 1, 2014 in LH-11, Dr. Shelley Uram will be lecturing to patients on the subject of "Depression." Dr. Shelley Uram is a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. The length of this lecture will be approximately 45 minutes to an hour and is designed provide our patients with insightful information on this complex topic.

Dr. Shelley Uram will be following up this lecture at The Meadows, with a second talk to take place on September 22, 2014. Scheduled for 12:45pm in LH-11, Dr. Uram will discuss "Trauma" with patients of The Meadows.

The Meadows offers innovative programs for depression and trauma. To learn more about workshops and treatment programs at The Meadows, call us at 800-244-4949 or contact us here.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 00:00

Dr. Claudia Black to lecture at The Meadows

Dr. Claudia Black will lecture this Wednesday at 12:45pm to the whole community at The Meadows, located in Wickenburg Arizona, in LH-10&11.

The topic of the lecture will be "Hidden Life of Loss & Abandonment."

About Dr. Claudia Black

Claudia Black, M.S.W., Ph.D., is a renowned author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Claudia holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Psychology from Columbia Pacific University and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Washington.

Since the 1970's, Dr. Black's work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children. She has offered models of intervention and treatment related to family violence, multi-addictions, relapse, anger, depression and women's issues. Dr. Black designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, addiction and correctional services. She authors books and creates educational videos for use with the addicted client and families affected by addiction.

She serves on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation. Claudia is the author of several well-known books; the latest title being Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sex Addiction. In addition, Dr. Black spent 11 years working in an advisory role with The Meadows.

For more information about Dr. Black, please visit

"Traumatic Bonds: What are they and how do they hinder us and those we love?"

Presented By: Shawn Jeffries, PhD, CSAT

When: July 15, 2014

Where: Unity Church of Dallas, Sanctuary 625 Forest Lane Dallas, TX 75230

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Contact: Betty Ewing Dicken, The Meadows
(800) 892-7799 (972-612-7443 local)

The Meadows sponsors free lectures in various cities throughout the country. Speakers include local therapists familiar with The Meadows’ model. Lectures are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

The Meadows is proud to be a sponsor of the 5th Western Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders. Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders is designed specifically for professionals (counselors, therapists, social workers, psychologists, marriage/family therapists, and others) working in the addictions/mental health fields.

The theme of this year's event, TRAUMA, ADDICTION, RELATIONSHIPS brings together a nationally recognized faculty offering three days of keynote presentations and clinical workshops on topics including brain science, co-occurring disorders, process addictions, mindfulness, childhood trauma, adolescent treatment, experiental therapy, and more...

6 Hours Pre-Conference ETHICS Workshop September 3, 2014. Earn Up To 24 CE or Clock Hours

Program Focus:

The 5th Western Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders is a premier training event, specializing in mental health and the addictions field. It is where a unique combination of nationally recognized faculty address a wide variety of today’s most relevant topics. The result is a highly acclaimed national training event featuring customized training opportunities for developing new treatment strategies and the sharing of research advances for clinicians and counselors.

US Journal Training, The Institute for Integral Development and COUNSELOR Magazine present an exceptional combination of inspiring speakers and trainers, addressing today’s most relevant topics. This year’s Western Conference tackles the issues of behavioral health and addictions using an integrated approach which considers the complex emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of each individual.

Who Should Attend:

With up to 24 Continuing Education Credits offered, this training will be especially valuable to those working in the areas of:

  • Mental Health
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Research
  • Registered Nursing
  • Courts and Corrections
  • Prevention
  • Employee Assistance
  • School and Pastoral Counseling

For more information contact:

Lorrie Keip Cositore
1-800-851-9100 x220

Larry Mendoza 954-531-5856

To learn more, please click here.

Western Conference

The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center was a co-sponsor and presenter at the recent 25th Annual International Trauma Conference May 28-31, 2014, in Boston, Mass. Leading neuroscientists and treatment developers, including The Meadows’ Senior Fellows, Shelley Uram, MD, and Claudia Black, MSW, Ph.D., presented to nearly 700 attendees during the four-day conference.

From the opening keynote, “Understanding Trauma Through The Lens of the Polyvagal Theory” by Stephen Porges, Ph.D., to integration of trauma treatment model in clinical practice, the conference examined how trauma affects psychological and biological processes, and how the damage caused by overwhelming life experiences can be reversed. “The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping to develop a deep understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development,” said Conference Director, Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD.

“The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute would like to express its appreciation to The Meadows for their continued support of this conference and their continued work in trauma and addiction treatment,” said Dr. van der Kolk, one of the world's foremost authorities on post-traumatic stress disorder and other related disorders, Senior Fellow at The Meadows, and Founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.

Dr. Uram and Dr. Black presented a dynamic workshop entitled "Trauma and Addicted Family Systems: A Multidimensional Perspective," during which Dr. Black explained how adverse childhood experiences and blatant violence contribute to both addiction and co-occurring disorders. She also discussed shame screens, which are created in response to internalized shame-based messages. Dr. Uram translated this information into simple-to-understand neurobiological concepts, explaining how they ultimately impact the family system and most other aspects of life.

Dr. Black is a renowned author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. She is the author of several seminal books in the addictions field, most notably It Will Never Happen to Me and Straight Talk. Dr. Uram, a Harvard-trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist, is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She speaks nationally and internationally, and is best known for transforming the complexity of the brain and traumatology into interesting and easily understandable explanations.

“Dr. Uram and I thoroughly enjoyed offering a full day’s workshop to clinicians from all over the country at this year’s trauma conference,” said Dr. Black. “As I discussed trauma as it exists in the context of families impacted by addiction, Dr. Uram offered the biological overlay to the experiences I spoke about. The audience was extremely enthusiastic about our presentation,” she adds. “I then stayed for the remaining three days of the trauma conference, and as fascinating as it was to listen to predominantly research-based presentations, I must honestly say what I came away with is how The Meadows has done a wonderful job of approaching trauma from what is called the ‘bottom’s up, top down’ perspective. We incorporate trauma therapies that offer regulation to the dysregulated brain stem and limbic system, making it possible for the client to use the widely respected cognitive behavioral methodologies. It was exciting to hear the research that was presented validate our treatment approach.”

The Meadows is an industry leader in treating trauma and addiction through its inpatient and workshop programs. To learn more about The Meadows’ work with trauma and addiction contact an intake coordinator at 800-244-4949.

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