“I wanted to bring a fully psychodramatic (experiential) workshop to Rio Retreat Center. And who better than the master, Tian Dayton, to develop it and train our team. Thrive breathes life into people’s stories and the characters that create them. It connects their head, heart, and gut, so they get it on a deep, soulful level that heals."
Jean Collins-Stuckert, Executive Director of Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows
Nancy Minister, Workshop Facilitator at The Meadows, discusses the Meadows Model in our newest blog.
At Rio Retreat Center at The Meadows, we emphasize connecting with the inner child as a means to heal and love ourselves in a new light. We can often be pretty hard on ourselves: attacking ourselves and our value, neglecting what we need or desire to live, and using unhealthy coping skills for momentary relief to distract us from our wounds and pain. When we think of the way we would love and parent a child when we’re in our best and most functional adult selves, we may recognize that the loving way we would approach the child differs from how we would approach ourselves. We need to be just as loving to ourselves as we would be to a child we love dearly.
The Meadows specializes in treating trauma. Abuse is one form of trauma. Often times, childhood trauma that occurred because of child abuse is overlooked as a core issue when people enter treatment for addictions or other mental health disorders. Sometimes people minimize what they experienced as children, deny that they were abused, or believe that it happened so long ago that they are (or that they should be) “over it” or it is no longer relevant.
It is estimated that each year three million cases of child abuse are reported to authorities in the United States (source: Childhelp.org). Childhood abuse comes in many forms and can be anything from physical abuse, sexual boundary violations, neglect of medical and physical needs, to emotional and social maltreatment and injustices.
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