"Not getting sober in a treatment center or with a therapist, I went into Survivors not knowing what to expect. I had worked the steps in the walls of AA, but I soon realized that nothing I had worked on will ever compare to the dots that I was able to connect throughout the week with my therapist in Survivors. Tracy provided me a safe place to let my walls down and be open about the enmeshment of certain family members along with being able to process why certain situations had their outcomes. Survivors provided me the opportunity to understand family systems as well as provided me the tools to set healthy boundaries in order to create healthy family relationships."
Survivors I is an essential element of The Meadows’ inpatient treatment program. It is offered year-round as a weeklong workshop, open to all interested individuals.
Healing Childhood Relational Trauma
This workshop delves into childhood trauma that impacts current day life. Based on Senior Fellow Pia Mellody’s pioneering work in her book, Facing Codependence, Survivors I is our signature workshop. It is an essential component of The Meadows inpatient treatment program and is also open to interested individuals as a stand-alone workshop. In a safe supportive environment, Survivors I explores the origins that fuel self-defeating behaviors such as addictions, trauma, mood disorders, and troubling relationships. Childhood wounding up to age 18 is approached with compassion, and skills are taught in order to re-parent yourself. The primary focus of this workshop is processing and releasing the negative messages and emotions that were rooted in painful experiences from the past, allowing the freedom to embody your authentic self. We do this in three phases:
Informational Phase: Through psycho-education, participants are introduced to the concept of developmental immaturity and the impact of the profound relationship between the child and the major caregivers. As perceived through the eyes of the child, the wounding is highlighted, without placing blame on parents. Participants discover the impact their childhood experiences have had on their self-esteem, boundary system, level of dependency, and ability to be moderate in all things.
Debriefing Phase: Participants explore the less-than-nurturing and/or abusive recollected childhood experiences with a focus on the accompanying associated feelings and imprinted self-defeating patterns.
Experiential Phase: Participants re-examine their childhood relationships in a safe and nurturing environment through the application of Pia Mellody’s techniques for addressing childhood relational trauma. This phase typically serves to release painful emotions, with participants beginning the process of reparenting the parts of themselves that have been shamed, neglected, or abandoned while reclaiming their rights and personal power.
The Survivors I workshop is conducted weekly with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Workshops run Monday through Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The schedule is flexible, accommodating the group process.
For more details, call 800-244-4949 or fill out the form below. 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.