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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.

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The Meadows, experts in addiction and trauma treatment, is proud to co-sponsor the 2014 Southeast Conference on Trauma, Addiction, Intimacy Disorders. The Meadows Senior Fellows, Dr. Claudia Black and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will both be making presentations to attendees. This conference will take place May 7-9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Program Focus

The Southeast Conference on Trauma, Addiction, Intimacy Disorders will address many of today’s most topical issues faced by professionals in the addiction and mental health fields. Nationally recognized speakers will present cutting edge issues, the latest research advances and clinical strategies with practical applications for front-line health professionals. State-of-the-art information will be presented in morning plenary sessions following by skills building workshops affording interaction and discussion.

What Will Be Addressed?

The conference will address such issues as:Trauma Conference

  • Complex Trauma and PTSD
  • Art and Science of Intimacy
  • The Brain, Neuroscience and Therapy
  • Treating Process Addictions
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Food, Nutrition and Recovery
  • The Art of Transformation
  • Enhancing Resiliency in Clients
  • Relationship Trauma Therapy
  • Spirituality and Recovery
  • The Art of Connectedness
  • Healing Narcissistic Wounds
  • Drumming as a Healing Tool
  • Sex, Tech, Intimacy and Infidelity
  • Addictive Disorders: Family Interventions

The Meadows Senior Fellows to Present at Conference

The Meadows treatment approach is guided with the help of their Senior Fellows, world-renowned experts and thought leaders in their disciplines such as Claudia Black, PhD and Bessel van der Kolk, MD. Both of these industry professionals will be presenting at this year’s Southeast Conference.

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Dr. Bessel van der KolkClinical Consultant and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Bessel van der Kolk is one of the world’s foremost authorities on post traumatic stress disorders and other related disorders. He has been Medical Director of the Trauma Center in Boston for over 30 years. He is a professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and the Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network.

Dr. van der Kolk will present the lecture “The Body Knows The Score” during the conference. This lecture will explore important questions about trauma, how it affects people who have been through traumatic experiences, and how it affects those around them. It will also examine the progression of trauma in the brain and what behaviors are typical of traumatized persons. As part of this excellent study, Dr. van der Kolk will delve deep into multiple techniques for dealing with trauma. The range of treatments includes classical methods including therapy and more modern techniques that incorporate yoga, martial arts and more.

Additionally, Dr. van der Kolk is the conference director for the International Trauma Conference. The Meadows will be the sole sponsor of this year’s conference taking place in Boston, Massachusetts on May 28-31, 2014. The 25th Annual Conference theme is Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions and will feature many of the most important contributors of our generation who will summarize their work related to the study of psychological trauma.

Dr. Claudia Black

Dr. Claudia BlackClaudia Black’s seminal work with children impacted by substance abuse in the late 1970s created the foundation for the adult child movement. Renowned author of over 15 books and a trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. She is a Senior Fellow and Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist at The Meadows and sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation.

Dr. Black will present “The Addictive Family: The Legacy of Trauma” which will give a portrait of addiction in the family, offering an overlay of how adverse child experiences, emotional abandonment and blatant violence are all aspects of trauma. She will also lecture on “Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sexual Addiction.” Dr. Black will discuss the challenges partners of sexual addiction face and discuss a three-part recovery focus offering the audience a framework for treatment.

Who Should Attend?

With up to 24 Continuing Education Credits offers, 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

To learn more or to register online, please visit www.usjt.com

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in their inpatient center and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24-hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a behavioral health inpatient facility that is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and accredited by The Joint Commission.

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The Meadows recently announced Claudia Black, M.S.W., Ph.D., as a new Meadows Senior Fellow. Dr. Black is a renowned author and trainer, internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders.

In the mid 1970's Dr. Black gave voice to both young and adult children from addictive homes, offering a framework for their healing. This cutting edge work would be critical in creating the foundation for the codependency field and a greater understanding of the impact of family trauma. Since that time, Dr. Black has continued to be a passionate leader in the field of addiction.

Dr. Black 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 has been a keynote speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. She has extensive multi-cultural experience working with agencies and audiences in countries such as Iceland, Brazil, Japan and others throughout the world.

Dr. Black is one of the original founders of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and continues to serve on their Advisory Board, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Moyer Foundation. In addition, she is the author of over 15 books, most notable is It will Never Happen To Me. Her most recent books are related to partners of sex addiction, Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies, and Secrets and Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sex Addiction. Dr. Black also creates educational videos for use with the addicted client and families affected by addiction. Many of her books and videos have been translated and published abroad.

"It is with great delight that we welcome the return of Claudia Black to The Meadows as a Senior Fellow," said Jim Dredge, The Meadows CEO. "Claudia has made a decision to return to her roots of working with trauma and addictive disease. It is like a homecoming for Claudia and all of us as Claudia previously spent 11 years working in an advisory role with The Meadows."

Additional Meadows' Senior Fellows include: Pia Mellody, John Bradshaw, Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Jerry Boriskin and Shelley Uram. Each Meadows 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.

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 visit www.themeadows.com.

For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped more than 20,000 patients in one of their three inpatient centers and 25,000 attendees in national workshops. The Meadows world-class team of Senior Fellows, Psychiatrists, Therapists and Counselors treat the symptoms of addiction and the underlying issues that cause lifelong patterns of self-destructive behavior. The Meadows, with 24 hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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