In January of this year, the young adult program at The Meadows in Wickenburg, Arizona became the Claudia Black Young Adult Center – an intensive, experientially based program specifically tailored to young adults ages 18 -26 struggling with emotional trauma, addiction, have a dual-diagnosis or who have failed past addiction treatments.
This 45-day treatment program is an opportunity for young people to interact and engage in a safe, secure and nurturing community of their peers, but it also includes a strong focus on family systems. The Claudia Black Young Adult Center strongly focuses on how family systems can transform the lives of young adults and their families. Through real-time webinars, patients and their families are embraced into the process before treatment even begins.
The program includes a focus on life skills such as interviewing techniques, resume development and how to secure important life necessities in order to empower young adults. Experiential healing modalities are a large part of the treatment process, including neurofeedback, mindfulness practices, equine-assisted psychotherapy, challenge courses and trauma-informed psychodrama, along with EMDR and Somatic Experiencing. There is 12-step involvement if necessary and the most current testing and assessment tools are used to paint an accurate picture of each patient’s status and unique needs.
Claudia Black, Ph. D., is the clinical architect of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. She is internationally recognized for her pioneering and cutting-edge work with family systems and addictive disorders since the 1970s. Dr. Black is a renowned author, speaker and trainer whose passion is to help young adults overcome obstacles and strengthen families. Not only is Dr. Black the clinical architect of this groundbreaking treatment program, but she is also actively involved with the treatment team, patients and their families.
“Our mission at the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is to help young adults and their families forge recovery paths, so they can heal, blossom and thrive,” said Dr. Claudia Black.