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John Bradshaw, one of the most influential writers on emotional healing in the twentieth century and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows Wickenburg, will give an intensive workshop titled "Homecoming: Reclaiming Your Inner Child" in Mansfield, MA on Saturday May 19 from 8:30am-5:00pm and Sunday May 20 from 8:30am-4:00pm at The Holiday Inn Hampshire Street. The workshop is open to the general public.

Bradshaw is a world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, television personality, author and one of the leading figures in the fields of addiction, recovery, family systems and the concept of toxic shame. Bradshaw has had a long and productive association with The Meadows- giving insights to staff, patients, speaking at alumni retreats and lecturing to mental health professionals at our workshops and seminars. Mr. Bradshaw's work has influenced the treatment programs at The Meadows and Mellody House.

Selected by his peers as one of the 100 most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th Century, Bradshaw has literally changed the lives of millions of people around the globe through his best-selling books and sold-out workshops and seminars. Over the years, Bradshaw has written several New York Times bestselling books, including, Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love and Healing the Shame That Binds You. In 2009 Bradshaw was nominated for The Pulitzer Prize for www.themeadows.com.

"Three things are striking about inner child work," said John Bradshaw. "The speed with which people change when they do this work; the depth of the power and creativity that result when the wounds from the past are healed."

Event Information:

  • Saturday May 19, 8:30am-5:00pm and Sunday May 20, 8:30am-4:00pm
  • Cost: $175 before April 30 (group and student discounts available)
  • Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, MA
  • 12 CEU's approved
  • Register online www.FamilyandFriendsCoachingPractice.org

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 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 accredited by the Joint Commission.

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The Meadows, one of America's leading centers for the treatment of addiction and trauma, is pleased to present an 11-part video interview with John Bradshaw, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and leading figure in the field of mental health.

In the eighth video of the series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses the relationship between shame and depression, explaining that people who grow up in alcoholic, abusive, or shaming families often suffer from chronic shame. He adds that the effects of long-term chronic shame can be devastating, citing neuroscientific research suggesting that chronically shamed parts of the brain are "pruned."

"The parts being 'pruned' are the parts that cause chronic depression," he says.

Mr. Bradshaw has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial association with The Meadows, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its cutting-edge treatment programs. In recognition of Mr. Bradshaw's contributions to addiction recovery, an on-campus lecture hall has been dedicated in his honor.

Identified as one of the most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th century, Mr. Bradshaw has changed the lives of millions of people around the world through his writings and sold-out workshops and seminars. His New York Times best-selling books include Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.

In other videos in this series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses such topics as Survivor Week, the importance of after-care facilities, and The Meadows' model of treatment. To view all the videos in this compelling series, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, see www.themeadows.orghttp://www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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As part of its ongoing video series, The Meadows presents an 11-part interview with John Bradshaw, world-renowned educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and leading figure in the field of mental health.

In the seventh video of his series, Mr. Bradshaw, senior fellow at The Meadows, discusses addiction recovery in personal terms. During his own journey through Alcoholics Anonymous, psychotherapy, family-of-origin healing work, cognitive work, and skill building, he learned to set boundaries, say 'no,' and express anger.

"Most importantly, I had to get back to my values," he explains."Because when you're an alcoholic or an addict or emotionally disturbed, you're morally and spiritually bankrupt. You've lost your sense of values.” He adds that full healing in recovery comes only when one begins to lead a truly virtuous life.

Over the years, Mr. Bradshaw has enjoyed a close association with The Meadows, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its cutting-edge treatment programs. He also has authored several New York Times best-selling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.

Other videos in The Meadows' series feature discussions with leading experts in the fields of addiction and trauma, including Dr. Jerry Boriskin and Maureen Canning. To view all the videos in the series, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, see www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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As part of its ongoing video series, The Meadows presents an 11-part interview with John Bradshaw, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and leading figure in the fields of addiction and recovery.

In the sixth video of his series, Mr. Bradshaw, senior fellow at The Meadows, discusses the use of families as social systems in the treatment of addiction and trauma.

"One of the things I like about The Meadows is that they use the model of families as social systems," he says, explaining that members of an addictive or abusive family will typically involve the other family members in their behaviors. As an example, he cites a mother addicted to prescription medication. "Family members make excuses for her and assume her responsibilities, thereby becoming codependents in her addiction."

"At The Meadows, we treat that," Mr. Bradshaw says. "We want people to understand the family of origin. The Meadows brings the family in, helps the whole family to understand."

Mr. Bradshaw has been affiliated with The Meadows since 1979, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its cutting-edge treatment programs. He also has authored several New York Times best-selling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.

In other videos in this series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses such topics as the importance of after-care facilities, and the relationship between shame and depression. To view all the videos in this series, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, see www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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The Meadows, America's premier center for the treatment of addiction and trauma, is pleased to present an 11-part interview with John Bradshaw, senior fellow, world-famous educator, counselor, motivational speaker, author, and
leading figure in the field of mental health.

In the fifth video of his series, Mr. Bradshaw talks about the importance of inner-child deep feeling work as a therapeutic tool.

"One of the things I like about The Meadows is the deep feeling work. It's uncanny," he says.

Mr. Bradshaw explains that many therapists and psychologists he works with around the country can't practice the technique.

"It's frightening to them," he says, stressing that deep feeling work is often necessary in order to get recovering substance abusers to address their 'addictiveness.'

"That addictiveness is like a hole in the soul that has to be grieved. And without that grieving process, the addict will simply go from one addiction to another."

Mr. Bradshaw has enjoyed a long association with The Meadows, giving insights to staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, lecturing to mental health professionals at workshops and seminars, and helping to shape its cutting-edge treatment programs. He is also the author of several New York Times best-selling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You.

In other videos in this series, Mr. Bradshaw discusses such topics as Survivor Week, the importance of after-care facilities, and the relationship between shame and depression. To view all the videos in this series, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

For more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for addictions and trauma, visit www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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