The Meadows Senior Fellows Present at 1st International Sex and Love Addiction Conference

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The Meadows’ Senior Fellows, Claudia Black, MSW, PhD; Shelley Uram, MD; and Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT-S, CST-S, were among the distinguished conference faculty and featured speakers at the 1st International Conference on Sex and Love Addiction held on April 4-6, 2013, in Brooklyn, NY.

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The Meadows’ Senior Fellows, Claudia Black, MSW, PhD; Shelley Uram, MD; and Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT-S, CST-S, were among the distinguished conference faculty and featured speakers at the 1st International Conference on Sex and Love Addiction held on April 4-6, 2013, in Brooklyn, NY. The Meadows supported this event as a contributing sponsor of the conference.

The conference theme, “Global Advances in Clinical Treatment,” was reflected in the program design with the goal of creating a platform for dialogue across disciplines and countries. The conference, attended by 400 clinical professionals, provided a stage for the exchange of ideas regarding how the international community is providing education and treatment for sexual addiction, along with disseminating information on the most current tools and research on assessment and treatment.

Workshops conducted by the Senior Fellows at The Meadows included “What Does Trauma Have to do with Love Addiction,” presented by Dr. Uram. “Intimate Treason: Facing Sexual Betrayal” and “Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sex Addiction” presented by Dr. Black, and “Sex Addiction as Affect Dysregulation: The Co-Regulatory Journey for Change and Growth” and “Female Sex and Love Addiction: The Private Struggle,” presented by Alexandra Katehakis.

"Many professional colleagues in the audience during the ‘Trauma and Love Addiction’ presentation were familiar with Pia Mellody's concepts about Love Addiction. However, there was a very positive response to learning about the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of Love Addiction, combined with the early childhood development of the emotions, thinking patterns, and brain,” said Dr. Uram. “The relational traumas that interfere with this normal development are what often lead to the Love Addiction symptoms later in life."

Additional Meadows’ staff in attendance were Sean Walsh, Executive Director; Carrie Steffensen, Director of Community Partnerships; and Business Development Liaisons Peter Stavropoulos, Jenna Pastore and Ellen Anderson.

The Meadows Wickenburg 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 http://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 Sub-Acute Agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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