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Company Name: The Meadows
Telephone Number: 317-344-2922
Email Address: pevans@themeadows.org
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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 pevans@themeadows.org

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Monday, 19 September 2011 20:00

Jerry Boriskin: PTSD treatment goals

The Meadows, one of America's oldest and most respected 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 sixth video of his 10-part series, Dr. Boriskin, psychologist and senior fellow at The Meadows, talks about his 30-year career working with victims of PTSD and his goals for treating the disorder.

"The goal of therapy is not to fix what's broken," he says. "It's to help define and reframe what hurts and managing it in a way that contributes and gives purpose to one's injury."

Dr. Boriskin adds that his goal is not to 'make people different,' but rather to encourage people with PTSD to recognize it, demystify it, materialize in the here and now, and find peace within.

"It's about finding meaning in things other than self-destructive, repetitive, and invalidating behavior," he explains. "Finding meaning from one's own misery is part of what works."

In other videos featuring Dr. Boriskin, he discusses long-term treatment for complex PTSD, the relationship between addiction and PTSD, and evidence-based treatment methods.

Jerry Boriskin, Ph.D, is an author, lecturer, and clinician with expertise in trauma, PTSD, and addictive disorders. 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 prominent figures in the mental health field, including John Bradshaw and Maureen Canning. To view, visit www.youtube.com/themeadowswickenburg.

To learn more about The Meadows' innovative treatment program for PTSD and other disorders, visit www.themeadows.org or call The Meadows at 800-244-4949.

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As part of its video series on addiction and trauma, The Meadows is pleased to present a 10-part installment featuring Dr. Jerry Boriskin discussing post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD.

In the fifth video of his 10-part series, Dr. Boriskin, senior fellow at The Meadows, discusses his approach to treating complex PTSD and co-occurring disorders. He explains that the many levels of severity and complications require many levels of treatment. In order for patients to become integrated, they need to be treated with the appropriate level of care.

"You can't treat an overwhelming set of disorders in an outpatient setting," Dr. Boriskin says. "Sometimes you need an inpatient environment that's structured - yet flexible, containing, communicative, and instructive. It needs to have that right balance, and that's an art form that very few facilities are able to deliver."

In other videos, Dr. Boriskin talks about long-term treatment for complex PTSD, treatment goals, and the relationship between PTSD and addiction.

Jerry Boriskin, Ph.D, is an author, lecturer, and clinician with expertise in trauma, PTSD, and addictive disorders. 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 prominent figures in the mental health field, including John Bradshaw and Maureen Canning. To view, visit http://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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DR. JERRY BORISKIN ON ADDICTION AND COMPLEX PTSD

The Meadows, one of America's leading centers for the treatment of addiction and trauma, is pleased to present a series of videos in which Dr. Jerry Boriskin discusses post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD.

In the third video of his 10-part series, Dr. Boriskin, senior fellow at The Meadows, discusses the relationship between addictive disorders and complex PTSD, the most complicated form of post-traumatic stress disorder.

"Simple PTSD runs a simpler pattern," he explains. "It's more responsive to simpler, singular treatment."

"Most of the research data is based on simple PTSD. When we get complex PTSD, it morphs into a multidimensional monster, creating a whole new set of maladaptive responses. And one of the ways survivors try to deal with it is by self-medicating with chemicals."
While the chemicals create the illusion of fixing the problem, Dr. Boriskin stresses that the relief is only temporary. Ultimately, the price to be paid is very high. He acknowledges that treating both disorders at the same time is often a challenge: "Treat the addictive disorder first, but don't delay treating the trauma-based disorder. Getting the sequence right is vital."

Jerry Boriskin, Ph.D, is an author, lecturer, and clinician with expertise in trauma, PTSD, and addictive disorders. An early advocate for the use of extended care, he developed two extended residential treatment programs for co-occurring disorders. He also 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. To view, visit 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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Monday, 30 May 2011 20:00

Jerry Boriskin: What is complex PTSD?

The Meadows, America's premier center for the treatment of addiction and trauma, is pleased to present a series of videos featuring Dr. Jerry Boriskin discussing post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD.

In the second installment of this 10-part series, Dr. Boriskin, senior fellow at The Meadows and leading expert in the treatment of PTSD and co-occurring disorders, addresses the most complicated form of the disorder: complex PTSD.

"Essentially, complex PTSD is post-traumatic stress disorder that affects multiple dimensions of functioning," he explains, adding that complex PTSD can affect one's interpersonal relationships, spiritual system, perceptions, and even biology.

Other videos in this series focus on treating PTSD and co-occurring disorders, evidence-based treatment methods, and long-term treatment of PTSD.

Dr. Boriskin is an author, lecturer, and clinician with expertise in trauma, PTSD, and addictive disorders. He began his career in 1979, when PTSD emerged as a diagnosis. In the mid-1980s, he began working with sexual abuse survivors and addicts. An early advocate of extended care, he developed two extended-care residential treatment programs for co-occurring disorders. He authored PTSD and Addiction: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Counselors and co-authored At Wit's End: What Families Need to Know When A Loved One is Diagnosed with Addiction and Mental Illness.

To view the videos in The Meadows series, see 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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