The Clinical Department will be feeling a great loss with the retirement of one of our counselors, Chloe Correa, M.Ed., LPC. Chloe came to The Meadows eight years ago after a long term career in city government. Chloe started as an Intern gaining the foundation of The Model and The Meadows program during that time and quickly advanced into many other areas of the clinical team. As a Float Counselor, Chloe covered so many areas of the department including; Primary, Family, Continuing Care, Evening/Weekend, and Counseling Supervisor. Not only did Chloe provide direct patient care in these areas, but she was the “go to” in areas of special projects, quality improvement, in-service coordination, and program development. Chloe trained directly with Doug Dodge in the Grief Workshop facilitation, and completed her own specialized training in the areas of grief counseling, gambling screening and counseling, and EMDR. With all of these skills under her belt and a serene presence and steadiness, it is no surprise that Chloe was The Meadows Employee of the Month in July, 2013.
Chloe’s plans going forward are to work in an exclusive private practice specializing in grief and loss issues utilizing all of her skills, including EMDR. We all wish Chloe well and will miss her presence. The good news is that she will continue to provide support to Meadows patients in facilitating the weekend Grief Workshop. Chloe stated, “I am grateful for what I have learned and all the people I have met in association with The Meadows.” We are grateful for having you in our lives. Thank you for your service. God Bless.
The current news coverage regarding the alleged sexual abuse perpetrated by Sandusky can potentially be activating of old memories for many men and women. Most people react with disgust, rage, and shame due to their own abuse histories that involve being sexual violated. Some others may find themselves acting out or acting in without consciousness of the trigger for their behavior. Regardless of the outcome of the Sandusky case, there is help and more importantly hope for survivors of sexual abuse. It is imperative to process thoughts and emotions regarding the abuse. Vital is for the individual to recognize that they did nothing to cause the abuse. They are not to blame. An Insidious feature of sexual abuse is for the victim to internalize and carry the shame of the shamelessness of the perpetrator. Feelings of shame and guilt are pervasive. Feelings of anger and rage often are expressed directly and indirectly to others. A classic question most, if not all, survivors ask is "what did I do to cause this to happen?" Men, in particular, have a greater propensity to express their emotions with rage, covert / hidden depression, and if the perpetrator was male - homophobia. Hope for the survivor comes with processing the abuse and engaging trauma treatment modalities such as EMDR and Somatic Experiencing to gain some resolution of what happened to them. Surviving sexual abuse, particularly from childhood experience, allows the individual to establish sanity in their lives, intimacy with loved ones. It affords the individual the opportunity to embrace the joy that can be found in life. Message to the survivor: "you did nothing wrong", "you did nothing wrong". Stepping out and accessing help in the form of counseling, peer support, or inpatient treatment is the first step in the journey of healing. You are not alone. Secrecy binds the individual to the trauma. Secrecy allows the abuse to continue. We all have a legal, moral, and ethical obligation to ensure the safety of all children. Report, report, report.
Michael Cooter, MSSW, LCSW
The Meadows, one of America's leading centers for the treatment of addiction and trauma, is pleased to present a 10-part video series featuring Dr. Jerry Boriskin discussing post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD.
In the eighth installment of his 10-part series, Dr. Boriskin, psychologist and senior fellow at The Meadows, talks about contemporary treatment methods for PTSD and addiction.
"There is no magic bullet," he explains. "But over the years, we've gotten some proven techniques that work very well if introduced at the right time, in the hands of the right clinician, in the right clinical setting."
Dr. Boriskin speaks about some of those techniques - including EMDR, cognitive behavioral therapy, and somatic sensory processing - but warns that they by themselves are no panacea. One can't just apply them and expect everything to be automatically resolved, especially when dealing with the multidimensional aspects of complex PTSD, which require a more integrated treatment approach.
"If you just fix what's broken and don't deal with the spiritual injury and the interpersonal aspects, things are going to unravel."
In other videos, Dr. Boriskin discusses such topics as long-term treatment for complex PTSD and evidence-based treatment methods for PTSD.
Dr. Jerry Boriskin, Ph.D, has been at the forefront of the treatment of PTSD, addiction, and co-occurring disorders for more than 30 years. He is the author of several books, including PTSD and Addiction: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors and At Wit’s End: What Families Need to Know When a Loved One is Diagnosed With Addiction and Mental Illness.
Other videos in The Meadows' series include interviews with leading experts in the mental health field, including John Bradshaw and Maureen Canning. View all the videos in the series at www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.
For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for PTSD and other disorders, see www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.
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Cutting Edge Research Shared at Conference Sponsored by The Meadows: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Treatment Gaining Ground
September 9, 2011 (Wickenburg, Arizona) - Approximately 1,000 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinicians and researchers from around the globe gathered at the EMDR 2011 Annual Conference sponsored by The Meadows.
As a leading treatment center for addiction and trauma, The Meadows was the sole sponsor of the 2011 EMDR Conference. "We recognize the importance of EMDR treatment, which is critical to trauma recovery efforts," said Dr. Shelley Uram, Senior Fellow of The Meadows. "The Meadows supported this event because we know that there are thousands of research studies and published case write-ups that strengthen the base for 'bottom-up therapies' and this is a wonderful venue to share the most recent findings."
The Conference was held in Orange County, California and included training sessions by pioneers and leaders in the field of trauma treatment. National and international key thought leaders were able to share current clinical and scientific findings supporting the importance of this type of trauma treatment.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR is a form of therapy used to treat the symptoms of unresolved emotional trauma. It is particularly effective in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Essentially, EMDR is a comprehensive approach that combines elements of several different proven treatment techniques (experiential, cognitive, etc.). While there are different phases to the treatment, the unique element is the use of sensory stimulation (sight, sound, tactile).
Used in conjunction with The Meadows' Developmental Model, EMDR can reduce or eliminate psychological trauma by addressing the roles the limbic system and pre-frontal cortex play when a patient is triggered or activated by stimuli. Patients find that the intensity of emotions like fear or shame can be greatly reduced after having undergone EMDR treatment.
Cutting Edge Research Shared
"It's clear from the preponderance of evidence that EMDR works; Patients are successful with this therapeutic treatment, which is why The Meadows now has EMDR as an integrated treatment in our inpatient program," explained Dr. Uram. Dr. Uram is a Harvard trained psychiatrist who is triple board-certified. In addition to her role as a Senior Fellow of The Meadows, she is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
For over 35 years, The Meadows has been a leading trauma and addiction treatment center. In that time, they have helped over 20,000 patients in one of their four centers or 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 is a Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is JCAHO accredited.
Contact: Patty Evans; Telephone: 317-344-2922 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: This article was originally published in the January 2008 edition of Cutting Edge, the online newsletter of The Meadows.
The Psychological Impact of Traumatic Life Experiences
By Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD
Studying the psychological impact of traumatic life experiences helps to clarify many issues of human suffering. The legacy of traumatic experiences, particularly in childhood, is expressed in bodily reactions such as chronic physical discomfort and illness, unmodulated emotions, and failure to fully, physically and mentally, engage in the present. In order to gain a sense of control over one's physical reactions, it is necessary to mobilize the body. We must physically come to terms with the remnants of fear and defensiveness lodged in our physical reality; otherwise, the imprints of the past may permanently determine whether we feel at home in our bodies and whether we can be open to and learn from experience.
Mainstream therapy helps us by providing insight into the origins of our misery, often in the context of an understanding and supportive relationship. This understanding and support can give people the courage to face previously intolerable realities and give voice to what had felt unspeakable. Working with bodily states is relatively new to Western psychology. In contrast, many cultures around the world have ancient traditions, such as yoga and tai chi, that emphasize working with bodily states in order to affect the mind. These body-oriented methods hold in common the notion that, in order to change, people need to have physical experiences that directly contradict past feelings of helplessness, frustration and terror.
Neuroscientific research shows little connection between the various brain centers involved in understanding, planning and emotion; we simply are not capable of understanding our way out of our feelings. In fact, our logical selves tend to run behind our emotional urges, and function primarily to rationalize our loves and hates. Psychological conflicts, while often having origins in the past, become rooted in our internal sensations, which have become blunted, exaggerated or "stuck."
Hence, the process of psychological change involves regaining a healthy relationship with our internal feeling states. In contrast to understanding, paying close attention to one's internal life - the flow of physical sensations, feelings, internal images and patterns of thought - can make an enormous difference in how we feel and act.
Areas in the conscious mind that convey the sense of being in touch with oneself and one's bodily states (the medial prefrontal cortex and insula) are linked to the brain's emotional center (the amygdala) and arousal centers and, finally, to the hormonal and muscular output centers. In this way, working with deep sensations and feeling has the potential to achieve a sense of internal equilibrium and balance. Only after being able to quiet and master one's inner physical experiences does one regain the capacity to use speech and language to convey, in detail, feelings and memories.
About the Author
Bessel A. van der Kolk, Clinical Consultant for The Meadows and Mellody House, is one of the world's foremost authorities in the area of post-traumatic stress and related phenomena. His research work has ranged from the psychobiology of trauma to traumatic memory, and from the effectiveness of EMDR to the effects of trauma on human development. He is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston, a Community Practice site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The Trauma Center is one of the preeminent training sites in the country for psychologists and psychiatrists specializing in the treatment of traumatized children and adults.