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The Meadows recently announced Deirdre Stewart as the new Coordinator of Trauma Resolution Services. Stewart will be responsible for the coordination of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing (SE) services directly related to the Counseling program, as well as the development and coordination of adjunct trauma resolution services The Meadows will be introducing in the near future.

Stewart has been working in the workshops department since June 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Communication from Pepperdine University, in Malibu, California and received a Master in Counseling from The University of New England in New South Wales. Stewart completed internships at South Pacific Private in Sydney, Australia, Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut and Family Behavioral Health IOP in Boca Raton, Florida. She is a licensed professional in the state of Arizona and is trained in both EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. Training also includes Pia Mellody's Post Induction Training, Inner Child and Feeling Reduction Workshops. Prior to relocating back to the United States in 2008, Stewart was in private practice at Hong Kong Psychological Services in Hong Kong. The population she has worked most with is trauma/addiction and codependency.

"Deirdre has been an outstanding clinician and a vital part of the Clinical team here at The Meadows," said Sean Walsh, The Meadows Executive Director. "In her new position she brings her unique skills set and training to the fore front in overseeing the utilization of our allied therapies such as EMDR and S.E., patients, families, referral sources and the clinical team are going to benefit from her new position and we are all thrilled about Deirdre's new role."

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 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 Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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Thursday, 06 December 2012 19:00

The Meadows Announces New Staff Psychologist

The Meadows recently announced the return of Dr. Robert Darden as a new staff psychologist at The Meadows. Dr. Darden was originally on staff at The Meadows from 2008 to 2011.

One of Dr. Darden's main focus areas at The Meadows is to interpret psychological testing and then to present the findings with the patient's clinical team. The goals are to provide additional data to assist with treatment planning and to provide testing feedback that will help a patient continue to gain insight into personality characteristics.

Dr. Darden has worked as a psychologist, therapist and in management within the mental health field since 1993.Dr. Darden started his career as a mental health worker at a hospital in Flagstaff, Ariz. while working on a Master's Degree in Psychology at Northern Arizona University. After completing this degree in 1994, Dr. Darden entered the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Ill. His dissertation addressed the efficacy of an inpatient hospital for treating eating disorders, depression and spiritual distress. Dr. Darden received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in 2002.

"Dr. Darden brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Meadows team," said Sean Walsh, The Meadows Executive Director. "Dr. Darden has a passion to provide quality care to our patients and both our patients and our team are lucky to have him as our psychologist here at the Meadows."

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 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 Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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The Meadows Psychiatrist, Dr. Jon G. Caldwell, was featured on VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel with host Rebecca Buillon, LCSW, BRI-1 on the program "Addiction in America" on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.

The discussion focused on attachment theory in children, in addition to Dr. Caldwell's article, "Facing the Truth Behind the Mask" which describes how addiction becomes a mask. This article can be found at: http://www.addictionrecoveryreality.com/?p=2874.

"What is meant by 'behind the mask' is the idea of trying to develop a metaphor of how we move through life. A lot of time we act out of old scripts that we inherited from early attachment relationships that are so powerful and written into our neurobiology," said Dr. Caldwell. "It is how we relate to other people, the world, and how we respond emotionally. We may not even be aware of the script and need to step back and get help with early scripts in order for us to react in a different way."

One of Dr. Caldwell's interests is attachment theory in children, whether it is secure attachment, anxious or preoccupied attachment, or avoidant attachment. "These styles of attachment have far-reaching consequences. They can set the child on a trajectory as far as mental and emotional health, and even physical health later in life," according to Dr. Caldwell.

To listen to the complete interview, visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/65774/addiction-in-america.

Jon G. Caldwell, D.O., is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of adults with relational trauma histories and addictive behaviors. Dr. Caldwell currently works full-time as a psychiatrist at The Meadows treatment center in Wickenburg Arizona. 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. His theoretical perspective is heavily influenced by his PhD graduate work at the University of California at Davis where he has been researching how early childhood maltreatment and insecure attachment relationships affect cognitive, emotional, and social functioning later in life. Dr. Caldwell's clinical approach has become increasingly flavored by the timeless teachings of the contemplative traditions and the practice of mindfulness meditation

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 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 Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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The Meadows is sponsoring a free lunch and lecture in Seattle, WA on Thursday, November 15 presented by Meadows' Senior Fellow, Shelley Uram, M.D. on the topic of "Trauma and Addiction." It will be held at the AGC Building, 1200 Westlake Avenue North, 2nd Floor from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Registration is required. This event is hosted in collaboration with Edgewood Seattle Addiction Services.

Dr. Uram, a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist, will describe why it is extremely important to clear trauma from the system in order to more effectively deal with addiction. In addition, she will discuss the connection between emotional pain and nervous system regulation and how addictions become a natural outcome in dealing with some evolutionary early brain wiring.

Dr. Uram speaks nationally and internationally and is best known for transforming the complexity of the brain and traumatology into interesting and easily understandable explanations. She is a much sought out speaker and educator on topics including the human brain's survival "wiring" and how it often interferes with a person's ability to thrive in their life; the underpinnings of depression; and the science of meditation.

To register for this event, contact Joan Sputh at 855.216.671 or jsputh@themeadows.com.  Attendees can earn 1.5 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.

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 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 Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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The Meadows is pleased to announce the awarding of a research grant from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) to The Meadows psychiatrist, Dr. Jon Caldwell.

At this year's annual ISTSS conference in Los Angeles California (November 1-3), Dr. Caldwell was one of only two recipients to be awarded this highly competitive research grant. His research proposal involves assessing the effectiveness of a mindfulness-based workshop for promoting attachment security in adult female survivors of child maltreatment.

In addition to his role as a full-time psychiatrist at The Meadows, Dr. Caldwell conducts research with his colleagues at the University of California at Davis regarding the effects of child maltreatment on attachment relationships and adult emotional/mental health.

"Mindfulness is an important part of many wisdom traditions and involves attending to the present moment with a quality of nonjudgmental acceptance," said Dr. Caldwell. "Research shows that the cultivation of mindfulness in every-day life can lead to better mental, emotional, and physical health. Also, mindfulness can enhance self-awareness and can enrich social relationships."

Dr. Caldwell is pioneering efforts to bring mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness-based techniques to people who have experienced trauma as a way of helping them better regulate their emotions and experience greater satisfaction in their close relationships. He has designed a three-day mindfulness-based workshop aimed at healing past and present wounds related to relational trauma. This free workshop will be offered to female volunteers who are willing to be part of the research study. There will be two dates offered for the workshop, both occurring in the spring of 2013. More details regarding this unique opportunity will be announced in the coming months. Please stay-tuned for those details and join us in congratulating Dr. Jon Caldwell on his accomplishment!

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 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 Level 1 psychiatric hospital that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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