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"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.

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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

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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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Thursday, 01 May 2014 16:24

IECA Spring 2014 Conference

The Meadows to participate in conference with youth and young adult focus.

The Meadows is excited to be participating in the IECA Spring 2014 Conference in Indianapolis May 7-10. The conference will be a great opportunity to engage with the nation’s leading authorities related to youth and young adults.

Dawn at The Meadows understands the unique needs of young adults, ages 18-26, who have lost focus or are unable to embrace independent lives due to addiction, unresolved trauma, or co-occurring issues. Many young adults have endured unsuccessful previous treatment experiences. We are passionate about returning hope to struggling young adults and spreading the word about the cutting edge treatment we offer.

Remuda Ranch at the Meadows is a pioneer of treating eating disorders for women, teens and children. We are defined by providing quality treatment for complex disorders. We know recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Based on feedback from our patients, families and professionals, the vast majority of individuals we have treated remain committed to a life of health, balance, and purpose.

The Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) helps its members serve families in decisions that include therapeutic needs by helping them sort out the options available for their struggling students and young adults and stepping them through the placement process. IECA members meet throughout the year for professional development at conferences and invite service providers to participate in their information swap.

Find out more about the unique, holistic young adult program offered by The Meadows at If you have an immediate need for help, please call us at 888-244-4949.

To find out more about our world-class eating disorder treatment, visit or call 888-390-5100.

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Depression is a mental illness in which many millions of Americans suffer from every year. According to depression statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 9 percent of adult Americans have feelings of hopelessness, despondency, and/or guilt that generate a diagnosis of depression. At any given time, about 3 percent of adults have major depression, also known as major depressive disorder, a long-lasting and severe form of depression. In fact, major depression is the leading cause of disability for Americans between the ages of 15 and 44, according to the CDC.

Here at The Meadows, the majority of our patients may have this problem, along with addictions or other issues.Shelley Uram

Traditionally, most family physicians and psychiatrists will prescribe antidepressant medication. Very often these medications will relieve some to most of the symptoms. All too often, however, many people re-experience their depressive symptoms after the medication dose is eventually decreased or stopped.

Then what? Well, they will probably end up taking antidepressant medication again.

Dr. Shelley Uram recent spoke to the Meadows campus about an additional approach to depression that has often been found to be quite helpful.

The underpinnings of many depressive episodes may rest on certain beliefs and expectations of ourselves and others that are not met. This perceived failure triggers negative emotions, which can ultimately lead to altered brain neurochemistry that can lead to another depression.

By "nipping in the bud" our deep false beliefs and their related expectations, the cycle of repeated depressive episodes may be decreased or stopped.

This was a very insightful presentation that helped the audience gain a better understanding of depression and the impact it has on our lives.

About Dr. Shelley Uram

Dr. Shelley Uram is a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She speaks around the country about how psychological trauma often interferes with our ability to thrive in life. She is best known for communicating very complex information in an interesting and easy to understand way.

Dr. Uram conducts patient lectures and provides ongoing training and consultation to the treatment staff at The Meadows. When she isn't working as a Senior Fellow, she's conducting workshops, lectures and seminars across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom; or working as a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Uram has written numerous articles about psychological trauma and the brain and is currently writing a book on the subject.

We Can Help

At The Meadows treatment center in Arizona, our competent and compassionate clinicians and therapists specialize in treating not only the symptoms of depression, but also the underlying causes. We help patients heal and find freedom from debilitating depression, and learn the skills necessary to build and re-build fulfilling relationships. To learn more about our treatment of depression, click here.

To learn more about The Meadow’s innovative treatment program for depression, contact an Intake Coordinator at 800-244-4949 or use our online form.

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