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In the Murray Method, special emphasis is placed on the personal work of the health professional/student based on the belief that a therapist always must address his or her own issues first in order to be an effective clinician and a healthy role-model personally and professionally.


This workshop will provide behavioral health professionals with an introduction to The Murray Method and an integrated view of the effects of childhood trauma, abuse and deprivation on personality development.

The Murray Method is a theoretical model for understanding the effects of trauma, abuse and deprivation on individuals and families. The theory and treatment modalities will provide clinicians with basic concepts that will help them and their clients…

  • Identify their emotional defense mechanisms, how to determine which are appropriate and which have been destructive, and how to begin to modify and/or eliminate those that are unhealthy
  • Recognize and utilize the many ways in which they can appropriately access and release emotions connected to childhood and present-day pain
  • Find the creative, feeling person they were created to be, and reclaim their original talents, abilities, and emotions
  • Become an integrated person who is a mature, responsible, thinking adult but also is connected deeply with feelings— a person with healthy self-esteem
  • Find balance intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and relationally
  • Participants will also learn about therapeutic interventions for effective treatment of trauma-based mental health issues.

Sessions are conducted with time devoted to didactic instruction, experiential work, and small group participation each day.

The course will be conducted by Marilyn Murray, M.A., creator of The Murray Method.

CEUs will be available.


The workshops will be offered on the following dates in 2016:

  • February 18 - 21
  • March 17 - 20
  •  April 14 - 17

For more details, call 800-244-4949. Our Intake Coordinators are happy to assist you between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. MST on weekdays, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST on weekends.

Continuing Education Credits

24.5 Continuing Education Credits or NBCC Clock Hours Available

The Meadows provides 24.5 continuing education credits from the following agencies:

  • This course has been approved by The Meadows, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider for 24.5 CE. NAADAC Provider #62791, The Meadows is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Course addresses Counseling Services from NAADAC Counselor Skill Group.
  • MFT for the State of Illinois. Provider #168-000155.
  • SW for the State of Illinois. Provider #159-000839.
  • Texas State Board of MFT approved. Provider #640.
  • SW for the State of Texas. Provider #6803.
  • Provider approved by California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). Provider #OS-15-960-0817.
  • The Meadows is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Meadows maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Course meets criteria for 24.5 hours of continuing education credit hours for psychologists.
  • The Meadows is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. Provider #5687.
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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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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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The Meadows, experts in addiction and trauma treatment, is proud to co-sponsor the 2014 Southeast Conference on Trauma, Addiction, Intimacy Disorders. The Meadows Senior Fellows, Dr. Claudia Black and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will both be making presentations to attendees. This conference will take place May 7-9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Program Focus

The Southeast Conference on Trauma, Addiction, Intimacy Disorders will address many of today’s most topical issues faced by professionals in the addiction and mental health fields. Nationally recognized speakers will present cutting edge issues, the latest research advances and clinical strategies with practical applications for front-line health professionals. State-of-the-art information will be presented in morning plenary sessions following by skills building workshops affording interaction and discussion.

What Will Be Addressed?

The conference will address such issues as:Trauma Conference

  • Complex Trauma and PTSD
  • Art and Science of Intimacy
  • The Brain, Neuroscience and Therapy
  • Treating Process Addictions
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Food, Nutrition and Recovery
  • The Art of Transformation
  • Enhancing Resiliency in Clients
  • Relationship Trauma Therapy
  • Spirituality and Recovery
  • The Art of Connectedness
  • Healing Narcissistic Wounds
  • Drumming as a Healing Tool
  • Sex, Tech, Intimacy and Infidelity
  • Addictive Disorders: Family Interventions

The Meadows Senior Fellows to Present at Conference

The Meadows treatment approach is guided with the help of their Senior Fellows, world-renowned experts and thought leaders in their disciplines such as Claudia Black, PhD and Bessel van der Kolk, MD. Both of these industry professionals will be presenting at this year’s Southeast Conference.

Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Dr. Bessel van der KolkClinical Consultant and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Bessel van der Kolk is one of the world’s foremost authorities on post traumatic stress disorders and other related disorders. He has been Medical Director of the Trauma Center in Boston for over 30 years. He is a professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and the Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network.

Dr. van der Kolk will present the lecture “The Body Knows The Score” during the conference. This lecture will explore important questions about trauma, how it affects people who have been through traumatic experiences, and how it affects those around them. It will also examine the progression of trauma in the brain and what behaviors are typical of traumatized persons. As part of this excellent study, Dr. van der Kolk will delve deep into multiple techniques for dealing with trauma. The range of treatments includes classical methods including therapy and more modern techniques that incorporate yoga, martial arts and more.

Additionally, Dr. van der Kolk is the conference director for the International Trauma Conference. The Meadows will be the sole sponsor of this year’s conference taking place in Boston, Massachusetts on May 28-31, 2014. The 25th Annual Conference theme is Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Attachment, and Therapeutic Interventions and will feature many of the most important contributors of our generation who will summarize their work related to the study of psychological trauma.

Dr. Claudia Black

Dr. Claudia BlackClaudia Black’s seminal work with children impacted by substance abuse in the late 1970s created the foundation for the adult child movement. Renowned author of over 15 books and a trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. She is a Senior Fellow and Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist at The Meadows and sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation.

Dr. Black will present “The Addictive Family: The Legacy of Trauma” which will give a portrait of addiction in the family, offering an overlay of how adverse child experiences, emotional abandonment and blatant violence are all aspects of trauma. She will also lecture on “Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sexual Addiction.” Dr. Black will discuss the challenges partners of sexual addiction face and discuss a three-part recovery focus offering the audience a framework for treatment.

Who Should Attend?

With up to 24 Continuing Education Credits offers, 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

To learn more or to register online, please visit

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 their inpatient center and 25,000 attendees 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, with 24-hour nursing and on-site physicians and psychiatrists, is a behavioral health inpatient facility that is licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and accredited by The Joint Commission.

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:04

Dallas Free Lecture Series - May 20, 2014

"Attachment Styles: How We Connect To Others...and Why"

Presented By: Cole Adams, LCSW, CSAT

When: May 20, 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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