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Equine Therapy


Now through the end of the year, The Meadows is offering Spirit: A Somatic Equine Workshop at a special price of $3,500. This is a great opportunity to experience this unique workshop at a price that is only slightly higher than a regular Meadows workshop. Arizona is beautiful this time of year and we expect this workshop to fill up quickly, so reserve your spot today!

Available Workshop Dates:

  • October 13-17
  • November 3-7
  • December 1-5

About The Workshop

Combining The Meadows Model, Somatic Experiencing® (SE), mindfulness, and natural horsemanship, this cutting-edge workshop allows for a distinct healing experience. The program consists of experiential activities with horses addressing self-esteem, boundaries, honoring reality, wants and needs, emotional regulation, and spontaneity. Created exclusively for a small group of no more than five participants, this workshop is an outdoor five-day experience facilitated by two seasoned professionals. Individuals, couples, families, and professionals are welcome to enroll.

Attendees will not be riding but should bring the following items to the workshop:

  • Pants or jeans and long sleeve shirts; no tank tops or shorts please
  • Warm clothing, it gets cold in the morning
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap or hat and gloves for warmth
  • Boots
  • Rain Gear

The Meadows' workshops are a cost-effective alternative, when long-term treatment is not an option. Workshops are an opportunity for participants to work on sensitive issues in a concentrated format allowing them to jump-start their personal recovery by gaining insight into unhealthy patterns and practicing new relationship skills within a safe environment.

Workshop Registration


Discounted Cost

Limited time cost for the five-day workshop is $3,500 per person - regularly $4,200! Discounted cost includes a daily sack lunch delivered to the ranch, and is only available through December 2014.


Contact our Workshop Coordinator at 800-244-4949 to register.


This unique equine experience is held on a scenic rustic ranch a short distance from Wickenburg, AZ.

Ranch Rio Bonita, 27610 W. Gill Road, Morristown, AZ 85342

Lodging and Transportation

Workshop attendees are responsible for their own lodging and transportation. Please discuss arrangement options with our Workshop Coordinator.

Please Note

Workshop runs Monday through Friday 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an hour lunch break.

Cancellation/Transfer Policy

This workshop is limited to five enrollments. We rely on an accurate attendance count to make important arrangements for your workshop. If a cancellation occurs 14 or more days prior to the start of the workshop, a full refund, less a $600 administrative fee will be refunded. Cancellations less than 14 days are non-refundable. Allowance is made for a one-time transfer to another workshop date provided you contact us 14 or more days prior to the start of the workshop.

If you have to cancel or transfer your workshop, please contact our Workshops Coordinator as soon as possible - we often have a waiting list of people who want to attend. We can be reached via email: or phone: 800-244-4949.

The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center announced Chief of Psychiatry, Jon Caldwell, DO, PhD, will be a featured presenter at Gender Matters, Men Matter, a groundbreaking conference presented by Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at the University of Colorado Hospital. The conference will focus on “Addiction, Men, Trauma, and How to Evolve in Our Treatment for Men” and will be held October 10-12, 2014, at the Omni Hotel and Resort in Broomfield, Colo.

This event is the first national conference to focus on the needs of men in treatment. Topics to be addressed on the conference agenda will include the role of trauma in men’s recovery, the healing of generational wounds, passivity and aggression in men, and many other issues in men's recovery. Also on the conference schedule will be a panel discussion conveying a framework for the development of trauma-informed care for men.

Dr. Caldwell will present Meeting Toxic Shame with Tender-Hearted Presence: Exploring Links between Gender, Shame, and Mindful Self-Compassion. In his presentation, Dr. Caldwell will explore differences between women and men in the experience of shame and the utilization of compassionate presence. In addition, he will offer practical tools for helping people in recovery to meet toxic shame with greater mindfulness and self-compassion. Dr. Caldwell is known for his humorous anecdotes, compelling research findings, and experiential exercises.

“The Meadows prides itself in offering cutting-edge, evidence-based trauma and addiction treatment. I’m looking forward to sharing my research and experience with this group,” Dr. Caldwell said.

In addition to informative presentations by national speakers, this conference will have a heavy experiential component with numerous opportunities for fellowship and networking that include a comedy performance and a golf outing. The conference will also feature Art—Speaking Our Truth a display of creative writings, pictures, poetry, sculpture, and images that express an understanding of being male, addicted, and having a history of trauma.

For information regarding the conference, please contact or call (720) 848-2996. To register, visit Registration fee includes 17.5 NAADAC continuing education hours, breakfast and lunch all three days of the conference.

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 (866) 856-1279 or contact us here.

Dr. Claudia Black, MSW, Ph.D., was presented with the prestigious Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award August 24, 2014 at the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD) before an applauding standing audience of 800 attendees. This recognition is bestowed annually by the Maryland treatment center to an individual whose life work has produced a meaningful impact in the field of addictive disorders.

The award is named on behalf of Father Joseph Martin; best known for his film Chalk Talk on Alcohol that is credited with saving the lives of thousands of alcoholics and addicts. Father Martin is known for his charismatic style and sense of humor and his 40 films are legendary in the addiction field.Claudia Black

Dr. Claudia Black, a Senior Fellow and Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist at The Meadows, said during her acceptance speech, “I didn’t know anyone who showed greater love, respect and compassion for the addicted and their families than Father Martin. He singularly did much to lessen the stigma and certainly celebrated them in their recovery. I was fortunate to have met him early in my career whereupon we became close friends and maintained that relationship until his passing. Upon hearing that I was receiving this award in his name, I knew it would bring a smile to his face. He was always a strong advocate of my work and felt very strongly that this was a family disease and family members of all ages deserve their own healing and recovery process.”

Dr. Black is the co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), and also designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, addiction and correctional services. Since the 1970's, Dr. Black’s work has impacted the professional field’s understanding of addiction’s effect on families. She has made many pioneering contributions, including:

  • First to name and coin the dysfunctional family rules, “Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust, Don’t Feel”
  • Described the phenomena of delayed stress, emotional trauma, the child’s denial process, the phenomena of “looking good” kids as they relate to growing up with addiction, and hence the meaning and phraseology of “Adult Child of Alcoholics”
  • Utilized art therapy in the context of group work with young children that offered a model for children’s programs for the past three plus decades
  • Broke the barrier and openly discussed physical and sexual abuse in the context of addictive families

Her work at The Meadows is evident in its model of intervention and treatment related to family violence, multi-addictions, relapse, anger, depression and women's issues. She authors books and creates educational videos for use with the addicted client and families affected by addiction.

Biographical History to Dr. Black’s Work

  • 1977 Claudia Black entered the field as a social worker in a 16 bed alcoholism unit in Canoga Park, California.
  • 1978 Fr. Martin introduces Claudia at National Almaca (now EAPA) conference in San Francisco, where she speaks publicly for the first time about children of alcoholics.
  • 1979 Newsweek Magazine writes a full page on her work with young children and presents the concept of adult children of alcoholics.
  • 1979 Five children and Claudia fly from California to Chicago for the Phil Donahue Show. The first time the issue of children of alcoholics ever talked about on national television.
  • 1979 My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has a Disease, her first book, a book for children ages 5 – 12, is published and continues today in its third edition to be the primary book for young children of addiction.
  • 1982 her book 'It Will Never Happen to Me' was published, a classic in our field, to date selling over 2 million copies
  • 1983 Co-founder of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics (NACoA)
  • 2009 She was the developer behind Camp Mariposa, offered through The (Jamie) Moyer Foundation, children of addiction camps now in eight states.

During the span of her career she has written over fifteen books, many published in several other languages, and created over 20 educational videos that have become mainstays in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. Claudia has travelled the US extensively over the years speaking about the impact addiction has on children, young and adult, and the family in general. She also addresses issues that are specific to the addicted, such as relapse, anger, and depression. She has spoken on behalf of World Services Al-Anon on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, and the Parliament in Ottawa Canada.

She has taken her message throughout the world to all continents, and just this past month was interviewed on an Iranian satellite television show.

As much as she is a writer and educator, she has always continued to work hands on with clients, both the addicted and their family members in inpatient treatment programs.

Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

What is the Brain Center?

The Meadows has launched a new Brain Center for the exclusive use of patients on its Wickenburg, Arizona campus. The concept for the Brain Center arose from the expanded trauma services now offered at The Meadows.

Senior Fellow Dr. Shelley Uram, Director of Trauma Resolution Services Deirdre Stewart, and Clinical Director Nancy Bailey worked hand-in-hand with leaders in the field of trauma services to create the center that officially opened in July 2014. The concept behind developing the Brain Center was to provide patients a nurturing and sacred space where they are supported in the utilization of state-of-the-art equipment that aids in grounding and self-regulation.

As The Meadows patient demographic continues to become more and more complex, treatment tools require adjusting accordingly. These expanded treatment interventions will help support the patients’ self-regulation skills, and allow the staff to confront the deeper issues with a “calmer spirit.”

Deirdre and her team monitor the use of the equipment, while guiding and integrating the use of these tools into the patient’s overall treatment plan. In addition to patients’ regularly scheduled time in the Brain Center, patients can take advantage of “drop in” time that is available around other scheduled program activities. Patients are cleared by their treatment team for the use of the center and are monitored closely to prevent use of any equipment that may be contraindicated for the patients’ specific conditions.

Brain Center Equipment

The Brain Center incorporates the following treatment modalities which are monitored by The Meadows trauma team and incorporated into treatment based on clinical necessity and appropriateness for each patient. The trauma team also advises each patient of the suitable use and protocols for the equipment.

Cranio-electro stimulation (CES) – Research over 25 years describes this tool useful for sleep, anxiety, and improved cognitive functioning for substance abusers. The device is a small, modulated electrical current supplied to the ear lobes.

Audio/Visual Stimulation with CES (Oasis) – This device combines an audio/visual stimulator with the CES described above. These devices combine light and sound to increase the prevalence of certain EEG frequencies in the brain. Benefits are shown for seasonal affective disorder, stress reduction, insomnia, mood disorders, mental sharpness, memory and cognitive functioning.

Heart-rate Variability (HRV) – A biofeedback device to help people learn how to relax and develop coherent breathing patterns. Hemoencephalography (HEG) Biofeedback – HEG is applied to cerebral blood oxygenation, allowing individuals to learn to control and increase blood flow to the brain. Primary use is to stimulate underactive frontal lobes seen with much of our patient population. Combines well with other brain training devices mentioned above.

Chi Machine – Figure 8 oscillation movement helps aid in heart and circulation. Improves immune system and lymph flow.

Dr. Shelley Uram, a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and expert on psychological trauma and the brain, states this about the work conducted at the Brain Center at The Meadows:

“A generally helpful way of assessing how effective a treatment is for someone with psychological trauma symptoms is to understand where in the brain a treatment is working.

The trauma treatments that heavily address the brainstem and limbic areas of the brain tend to be more effective in trauma treatment.

People who suffer from psychological trauma symptoms tend to have brainstems that are “dysregulated” (i.e., not well organized). When this part of the brain is not well-organized, it can make other brain parts not function as well as they potentially could, for example, the limbic brain areas and the prefrontal cortex.

When the limbic brain area is affected by psychological trauma and a dysregulated brainstem, the functioning of our thinking brain (the prefrontal cortex) can additionally be decreased. When this happens, people’s ability to think clearly, analyze, understand, make as good judgments as they normally would, etc. can become compromised.

What can we do about this situation?

If our treatments address the brainstem and limbic brain areas, the whole brain can begin to reorganize back to a more normal state. The general name we give to these treatments that address the brainstem and limbic brain areas area called “Bottom-Up” treatments because they work on the lower two-thirds of the brain. Some areas in the top third of the brain then become “freed up” to function much better. We subjectively experience that as feeling much better in our bodies, about ourselves, and our lives.”

These new treatment modalities compliment the already rich services offered at The Meadows. The Brain Center benefits will result in patients who are less activated and more regulated while moving through their treatment experience.

Submitted by Dr. Nancy Bailey

nancy-baileyNancy Bailey, PhD, is the Clinical Director at The Meadows. She holds certifications as an addictions counselor, co-occurring disorders diplomat and experiential therapist. Nancy is also an EAGALA (equine) trained therapist. Having worked in the field of behavioral health since 1994, Dr. Bailey's research and professional interests have focused on women's recovery issues with special attention to eating disorders and trauma using experiential treatment modalities including psychodrama.

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.

By year end, the first Meadows Outpatient Center will open in the DC Ranch area of scenic North Scottsdale, Arizona. The 6200 square foot center is nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, just off the 101 and Pima Road, offering patients a convenient, attractive, safe, and private location. The Meadows Outpatient Center¬ will primarily provide Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) services for individuals who have completed any of The Meadows inpatient programs in Wickenburg, Arizona and require a stepped down level of care. The new center offers the benefit of The Meadows Model and the same high quality of care that exists on the main campuses.

The Meadows Outpatient Center treatment program will entail four days per week, three hours per day (mornings or evenings), for eight weeks. Transitional living for patients is available through preferred affiliations with top-quality properties, and is offered to local patients as well as those from out of state. These transitional living affiliates provide transportation, security, strong programming, fellowship, and numerous recreational activities designed to make the entire process seamless, comfortable, and fun.

In addition to IOP services, The Meadows Outpatient Center will offer individual sessions (CBT, SE, SP, EMDR); Neurofeedback in the on-site Brain Spa; a dedicated meditation room with recliners, soft lighting, and music; and Trauma-Informed Yoga, in addition to numerous community events, gatherings, and outings. An on-site staff psychiatrist will be available for weekly medication management and program oversight.

Also located at the facility is a large conference center (seating around 100) with a stage to facilitate lectures to patients, family members, therapists, and community members on the latest treatment information. We anticipate that this conference center will be a hub for all that are interested in working together to deliver the finest and most effective treatment for addictions disorders, trauma, and eating disorders.

About the Leaders

Jim Corrington, Jr., MSW, LCSW is the Director of Outpatient Services for The Meadows. Jim’s personal recovery from addiction and trauma began 30 years ago, and he brings strong passion to the process. He has been in the recovery field as a Director/Therapist for outpatient programs for 28 years and also spent 15 years working with the Arizona Medical Board and Arizona Board of Pharmacy monitoring programs for impaired professionals. Jim believes recovery and miracles happen every single day!

Michelle Gallagher, LISAC, LAC, CT will be the Lead Therapist for the IOP. Michelle has a master’s degree in professional counseling with a specialty in trauma, abuse, and deprivation. She is a Certified Traumatologist, and is trained in EMDR. Michelle is also in successful, long-term recovery herself. She has been working in the behavioral health field since 1992, serving in various roles, including staff instructor, Therapist, Program Manager, Clinical Supervisor, and Clinical Director, and has experience in building outpatient substance use disorder programs. Michelle has a passion for this work that stems from her own recovery from trauma and substance dependence, having gone through her own extensive healing process.

Together, Jim and Michelle have 58 years of successful, personal recovery. Their commitment to recovery from trauma and addiction is further represented by their combined 50 years of professional behavioral health experience.

For More Information

Contact The Meadows Intake Department at 800-244-4949 for more information about the services offered at the Meadows Outpatient Center.

Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

Claudia Black Launches New Website

The Meadows is proud to announce the launch of Senior Fellow, Claudia Black’s new website,

This newly designed website will serve as a streamlined resource for information regarding Dr. Black’s pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders, as well as her training workshops and professional speaking engagements. Dr. Black’s books, CDs, and educational videos for the use with addicted clients and families impacted by addiction are available from The Meadows bookstore.

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. For further insight and information on Dr. Black, you may find her on Facebook and Youtube, in addition to her frequent contributions to The Meadows blog.

The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center in Wickenburg, Ariz., has appointed Jon G. Caldwell, D.O., Ph.D., as Chief of Psychiatry. Dr. Caldwell is a board certified psychiatrist and researcher specializing in the treatment of adults with relational trauma histories and addictive behaviors.

Caldwell has been a lead psychiatrist at The Meadows for three years. He has taught students, interns, residents, and professionals in medicine and mental health about how childhood adversity influences health and well-being. Caldwell's theoretical perspective heavily influenced his Ph.D. graduate work in attachment at the University of California at Davis, where he researched the effects of early childhood maltreatment and insecure attachment relationships on cognitive, emotional, and social functioning later in life. His clinical approach is characterized by the timeless teachings and contemplative traditions of the mindfulness meditation practice.

“Since Dr. Caldwell joined The Meadows team, he has proven to be an invaluable contributor. He has not only done a tremendous job within the psychiatry department, but has also become a regular presenter and speaker at workshops and conferences, in addition to contributing numerous articles on behalf of The Meadows,” said Sean Walsh, Executive Director of The Meadows. “We are very thankful to Dr. Caldwell for implementation of The Meadows outcome studies, which he will continue to oversee.”

Building on years of education, training, and clinical experience in the field of trauma recovery, Caldwell developed the REAC2H (Restoring Embodied Awareness, Compassionate Connection and Hope) Workshop, a scientifically-based workshop which explores how different “attachment styles” are related to specific patterns of thinking and feeling in close relationships. The REAC2H Workshop will become a part of The Meadows 45-day inpatient program, in addition to being offered as a 5-day specialty outpatient workshop for The Meadows.

"In accepting the position of Chief of Psychiatry at The Meadows, I am honored to help lead a world-renowned organization with over 35 years of excellence, and I am thrilled to offer my talents and skills to continually enhance and improve the treatment we offer to individuals and families who are in need of help and healing," said Dr. Caldwell.

“Dr. Stephen Brockway has provided his expertise in the role as Chief of Psychiatry at The Meadows for the past four years and we will continue to count on him for his leadership,” said Jim Dredge, CEO. “Having Dr. Brockway on our psychiatry team, along with Dr. Caldwell in his new role, will benefit The Meadows and provide for our growing needs in delivering excellent patient care.”

“It is an honor and a high point of my life to have worked for The Meadows for 18 years. The Meadows has achieved the highest measure of healing for our patients that I have observed in all of those years,” said Stephen Brockway, M.D. “In addiction work, we are accustomed to seeing miracles, and now we see them as well with trauma recovery. I love to observe patients see the pieces of the puzzle of their lives come together as they apply The Meadows Model to their life situations.”

Dr. Brockway added, “Dr. Caldwell embodies the spirit of what we do at The Meadows. He is a rare individual with the combination of excellent medical and psychiatric knowledge, integrity, and the drive to be academically rigorous and clinically advanced. Combine those abilities with genuine caring for patients and administrative skill, and I can assure you we are in good hands moving forward.”

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