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What does it mean for a man to ask for help? Not just once, but over and over again, as often as necessary?

On June 2, 2016, join Dan Griffin (Senior Fellow at The Meadows) for a brief talk via Facebook Live. He’ll explain why it’s difficult for men to ask for help, and offer suggestions on how they can begin to find the support they need.

The talk will begin at 1 p.m. PDT (4 p.m. EDT) on The Meadows Facebook Page.

In the meantime, check out Dan’s latest book, A Man’s Way Through Relationships. A five-day workshop based on the book— A Man’s Way Retreat— is also available at the Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows.

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Monday, 09 May 2016 00:00

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes

Natalie felt lost. She didn’t quite understand why, but everything just felt wrong somehow. Even though it was hard for her to admit that she needed help, she reached out.

She found The Meadows Survivors workshop where, for the first time, she began to understand where she came from, where she was going, and where she wanted to be.

Survivors I is an essential component of The Meadows inpatient treatment programs. It is also offered as a stand-alone workshop for anyone who’s interested in learning more about the ways in which self-defeating thoughts and behaviors learned in childhood continue to affect their daily lives.

The intensive, 5-day workshop helps participants identify their specific emotional wounds and understand the impact they have had on their self-esteem, boundary system, level of dependency, and ability to achieve balance and harmony. For more information call 800-244-4949.

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The treatment of psychological and emotional trauma is at the heart of everything we do at our Meadows Behavioral Healthcare programs. (The Meadows, The Claudia Black Young Adult Center, Gentle Path at the Meadows, Remuda Ranch, The Meadows Outpatient Center and Rio Retreat Center.) We’re grateful to have Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Peter Levine and Dr. Shelley Uram as Senior Fellows, who help guide our staff and ensure that we stay on the cutting edge of therapeutic inventions to help people fully recover from addiction, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sex addiction, eating disorders and many other behavioral health issues.

That’s also why we’re proud to be sponsors of the 27th Annual International Trauma Conference, taking place in Boston, Massachusetts, June 1 – 4. This year’s theme is “Psychological Trauma: Neuroscience, Self-Identity and Therapeutic Interventions.”

The conference is being directed by Dr. van der Kolk, who is the author of The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Dr. Shelley Uram will lead a workshop on Friday afternoon called “Reclaiming Our Lives from ‘little t’ Trauma;” and, Dr. Peter Levine will give a keynote address on Somatic Experiencing on Saturday morning.

Early registration ends May 2. Continuing Education Credits are available for behavioral health professionals. Visit the conference website for more information.

About The Conference

For the past three decades, the International Trauma conference has examined how trauma affects psychological and biological processes, and how the damage caused by overwhelming life experiences can be reversed. This year, they will explore new frontiers in this work— frontiers that transcend old paradigms of talking, analyzing and administering drugs.

The study of psychological trauma has been accompanied by an explosion of knowledge about how experience shapes the central nervous system and the formation of the self. Developments in the neurosciences, developmental psychopathology, and information processing have contributed to our understanding of how brain function is shaped by experience and that life itself continually transforms perception and biology.

The study of trauma has probably been the single most fertile area in helping to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship among the emotional, cognitive, social and biological forces that shape human development.

Researchers have learned that most experience is automatically processed on a subcortical level, i.e., by “unconscious” interpretations that take place outside of awareness. Insight and understanding have only a limited influence on the operation of these subcortical processes. When addressing the problems of traumatized people who, in a myriad of ways, continue to react to current experience as a replay of the past, there is a need for therapeutic methods that do not depend exclusively on understanding and cognition.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the industry’s top leaders in neurobehavioral health!

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Conscious, explicit, memory is only the proverbial tip of a very deep and mighty iceberg. It barely hints at the submerged strata of primal implicit experience that moves and motivates us in ways that the conscious mind can only begin to imagine.

But imagine we should, and understand we must, if we are to work effectively and wisely with trauma and its memory traces in both mind and body. Without a firm grasp of the multidimensional structure of traumatic memory, as it is stored in the brain and held in the body, therapists are often left floundering in the swamplands of ambiguity and uncertainty. Indeed, misconceptions about so called recovered memories have caused much unnecessary pain and suffering for patients and for their families, while also creating confusion and self-doubt for the therapists who treat them.

On March 11, 2016, Dr. Peter Levine, a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, will explore the significance of “lower level” (implicit) emotional and procedural (“body”) memory systems and their interweaving in the resolution and healing of trauma in presentation at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Participants will also examine “bottom-up” processing in supporting trust in clients’ discovery of their innate self-protective responses to threat, in weaving a coherent narrative, and in supporting a deeper connection with their Authentic Self.

Register Today

This event is free, but you must RSVP by March 7, 2016. To reserve your spot, contact Shannon Spollen at spollen@themeadows.com or 928-684-4048. 3.0 Continuing Education Credits or NBCC Clock Hours are available. About Peter A. Levine, PhD

Dr. Peter Levine holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing® (SE), a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and teaches it all over the globe. He is the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle. Dr. Levine is the author of Healing Trauma, Sexual Healing and the best-selling book, Waking the Tiger; he co-authored, with Maggie Kline, Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His newest book, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, is a testament to his lifelong investigation into the connection between evolutionary biology, neuroscience, animal behavior, and more than 40 years of clinical experience in the healing of trauma.

He was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).

Continuing Education Information

PLEASE NOTE: You must RSVP to receive a continuing education certificate. 3.0 continuing education credits or NBCC clock hours are available; no partial credit will be given.

  • 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 3.0 hours of continuing education credit hours for psychologists.
  • The Meadows is an NBCCC-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.
  • This course has been approved by The Meadows, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 3.0 CE. NAADAC Provider #62791, The Meadows is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Course addresses Counseling Services from NAADAC Counselor Skill Group.
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Now through December, you can enroll in our Survivors Workshop for only $2925. That’s $325 off of the current price. As an added bonus, you’ll get to experience all of the beauty, and all of the great amenities, of our new Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows.

Discover the Real You

The Survivors Workshop is an essential component of all of our inpatient programs at The Meadows, and is offered as stand-alone workshop to those interested in exploring the ways in which childhood trauma affects their day-to-day mental well-being.

If you struggle with addictions, trauma, mood disorders, troubled relationships or self-defeating behaviors, unresolved negative emotions from your childhood may be to blame. The Survivors Workshop allows you to process and release negative messages and feelings that are rooted in painful experiences from your past, allowing you the freedom to become your authentic self.

Immerse Yourself in a Healing Environment

You’ll attend the Survivors Workshop at the new Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, a facility specifically designed to facilitate reflection, relaxation, and healing. In addition to the intensive educational and therapeutic experience of the Survivors workshop, you have the option to participate in additional transformative activities, like yoga, tai chi, 12-step meetings, expressive arts, equine therapy, ropes courses, and more. You will also be able to relax and connect with others during live music performances and camp fire events. Three meals per day, prepared by The Meadows extraordinary chef, are also included in the price of the workshop.

Register Today

Take advantage of this limited time offer and register today. Call 800-244-4949 to reserve your spot and get a jumpstart on the New Year!

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