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International Trauma Conference

WICKENBURG, Ariz. (March 11, 2014) — The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center is a sponsor and presenter at the 25th Annual International Trauma Conference on May 28 – May 31, 2014, at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Mass. The conference director, Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD, is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows and the Founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute.

The Meadows Senior Fellows, Claudia Black, MSW and PhD and Shelley Uram, MD, will present Trauma and Addicted Family Systems: A Multidimensional Perspective. Dr. Black will explain how adverse childhood experiences and blatant violence contribute to both addiction and co-occurring disorders. She also will explain shame screens, which are created in response to internalized shame-based messages. Dr. Uram will translate this information into simple-to-understand neurobiologic concepts, and 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 notable 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.

The focus of this year’s conference is “Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions.” The conference goal is to present current research findings on how people’s brains, minds, and bodies respond to traumatic experiences; how they regulate emotional and behavioral responses; and the role of relationships in protecting and restoring safety and regulation.

For information regarding the conference, please contact 800.844-8260 or events@pesi.com To register visit www.themeadows.com. Attendees can earn up to 28 Continuing Education Credits.

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

 

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The Meadows' Senior Fellow, Dr. Shelley Uram, and Meadows' Psychiatrist, Dr. Jon Caldwell's presentation at the International Trauma Conference on Friday, May 31 can be accessed live via a webinar. For more information visit (outside link is no longer active) .

Dr. Uram and Dr. Caldwell's workshop "A Neurobiological Perspective on Trauma and Attachment and the Role of Mindfulness in the Healing Process," will be presented on Friday afternoon, May 31. In a manner that is easy to understand, they will identify ways that psychological trauma affects brain development and attachment relationships across the lifespan. Additionally, a mindfulness-based approach will be introduced for promoting attachment security in individuals with a history of trauma.

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. Caldwell is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults with relational trauma histories and addictive behaviors. For many years he has been teaching students, interns, residents, and professionals in medicine and mental health about how childhood adversity influences health and wellbeing. In November 2012, Dr. Caldwell was the recipient of a research grant from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) for his research proposal entitled "A Wait-List Controlled Study of a Mindfulness-Based Workshop for Promoting Attachment Security."

The focus of this year's conference is "Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions." The conference goal is to present current research findings on how people's brains, minds, and bodies respond to traumatic experiences; how they regulate emotional and behavioral responses; and the role of relationships in protecting and restoring safety and regulation.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 20:00

Not This Time

By: Kevin Becker, Psy.D.

As a psychologist who has worked solely in the field of trauma for 24 years I am accustomed to getting phone calls and emails about tragedies that are happening somewhere in the world. But not this time. This time was different. I've lived in Boston since college and I've been all over the world to help people prepare for and respond to the awful things that happen in an unpredictable world. Those who know me and the type of work I do, will often ask me "so are you going to (fill in the blank)?" when they hear news reports of a particularly horrid disaster or violent incident. Usually of course I'm not going, there are just too many to respond to. But this time it was my town and I didn't have to go far to make use of my training

Within six hours of the bombing I had a first request for help from an agency who knew me from a previous tragedy they had suffered. In those first few hours we in Boston weren't really sure just how bad it was going to be. But it quickly became apparent that there were going to be many victims who had been deeply affected on many different levels. There would be no delay in the need for ongoing response and services that are still unfolding over a month later. I've been to disasters that have so devastated areas that it would be decades until they completely recover. That is not what I expect here but the true ripple effect of these tragic bombings is still unknown, as it continues to ripple.

The most unusual aspect of this crime, for me as a trauma professional, has been the unexpected twists that come with having it happen in my town. Usually when I spend day after day after day focused on a single tragic event, I am in someone else's town. But not this time. This time I would hear story after story of fear, life threat, anger and the like and then instead of retreating to a hotel room or debriefing with a team of others who were also away from home, I had to come home, to my house and my neighborhood. I had to be dad and husband and neighbor. Usually I'm afforded at least the length of a plane ride to make that transition. But not this time. Every day for two weeks I listened to stories and provided the education and support that we know helps the healing proceed. And at the end of the day I came home, turned it off and prepared for the next day. Of course after all these years my family recognizes the weight of the work I do. And thankfully they are caring, understanding, and terrifically therapeutic.

Ironically, one of my primary stress management tools is running. I've run the Boston Marathon twice and I have a wide circle of friends and running buddies who took part in this year's race. My extended family hosts a huge marathon party every year. My brother has made it a priority to only buy homes that are located on the marathon route because the race and race day are so special to us. So as often as I've seen someone else's special place or special event tragically altered by some form of violence or disaster, unfortunately for me and many others that's not how it went...not this time.

Kevin Becker, Psy.D. is former Director of The Trauma Center in Boston. He will moderate a panel of providers who were engaged in supporting marathon bombing victims at this year's 24th Annual International Trauma Conference. The conference, co-sponsored by The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center and the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, is adding a new workshop to its roster entitled "Marathon Bombing: Supporting Victims Across Systems." The conference is being held May 29, through June 1, 2013, in Boston at the Seaport World Trade Center. For more information visit http://www.themeadows.com/events/detail/international-trauma-conference.

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The Meadows co-sponsors the 22nd Annual International Trauma Conference in Boston, May 18-22, 2011

Conference Director and Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Bessel van der Kolk, MD, has been bringing together leaders in the field of neuroscience for this dynamic conference for the past 22 years. Last week presenters Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, Julian D. Ford, PhD, Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, Judith L. Herman, MD, Adele Diamond, PhD, FRSC and many others, as well as 700 attendees came together in Boston to examine cutting-edge treatment interventions for various trauma-based symptoms. Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, closed the conference with a presentation on Mindfulness, Healing, and Transformation.

The Meadows has been a proud sponsor of the International Trauma Conference and the Trauma Center in Boston, Massachusetts, for the past six years. We join Dr. van der Kolk's team in supporting a cutting-edge program of research and mind-body approaches to help trauma survivors recover with empowerment and dignity.

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