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Monday, 12 December 2011 19:00

Jerry Boriskin: Treating complex PTSD

The Meadows, America's premier center 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 ninth installment of his 10-part series, Dr. Boriskin, psychologist and senior fellow at The Meadows, talks about treating the most complicated form of post-traumatic stress disorder, complex PTSD.

"Complex PTSD is not just an anxiety disorder; it's almost an otherworldly sort of experience," he says. "Everything changes, and you go into the equivalent of the 'Twilight Zone'."

Dr. Boriskin then talks about the need to demystify the disorder. Its power must be taken so the patient can be comfortable in the moment, instead of needing to flee or "disappear in plain sight."

"It's important to normalize, teach certain skills like breathing and centering, and work on the interpersonal and spiritual parts," Dr. Boriskin explains. "It sounds complicated, but it's really quite simple. It's doable by everyone with the right set of supports."

 

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

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 the videos 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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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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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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On Wednesday, June 1, 2011, Michelle Mays, LPC, CSAT will be presenting on Hope and Healing for Partners of Sex Addicts. Her lecture will discuss how the treatment community is debating whether partners are best treated with a trauma model or addiction model. She will explain how both models provide a lens through which to view the emotional, spiritual, and behavioral issues of partners of sex addicts. Blending both models brings a comprehensive picture of these issues into focus, enabling a clear delineation of phases of treatment and optimal treatment strategies for each phase. Seminar attendees will learn the strengths and weaknesses of each model, as well as a blended model that can be used to treat a growing population. Michelle will outline the phases of treatment and identify corresponding intervention strategies. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm at the Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, Virginia, 22124. For more information, 866-922-0952 or eanderson@themeadows.com.

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Free Lecture Series - Dallas, Texas - May 17, 2011

Ken Osean, LCDC, CEAP, will be speaking at the Dallas Free Lecture on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at the Unity Church of Dallas, Sanctuary, 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX 75230 from 7:00-8:30 pm.

The title of the presentation is "Healthy Spirituality." The concepts of positive and negative spirituality will be explored with a high degree of audience participation. Participants will explore the difference between religion and spirituality, will recall the four components of positive spirituality, and will recall the four components of negative spirituality.

If you have questions, please contact Texas Community Relations Representative, Betty Ewing Dicken, at

800-892-7799 or bdicken@themeadows.com

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