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The Meadows to hold GLBT Survivors Workshop

October 11, 2011
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Wickenburg, Ariz. — The successful Survivors Workshops pioneered by The Meadows trauma and addiction treatment center is being designed and delivered specifically for the GLBT community.

The workshop, which runs Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, investigates the origins of adult dysfunctional behaviors by exploring early childhood trauma that has led to various addictions, depression, eating disorders and painful relationships.

Understanding that members of the GLBT community oftentimes have been subjected to traumatic experiences because of their sexual orientation/identity, The Meadows developed this workshop to provide a safe environment for individuals to explore the source of their unhealthy behaviors.

Michael Cooter, MSSW, LCSW, a licensed private practitioner who also serves as a Facilitator and Director at The Meadows, organized and will lead the workshop.

“As a gay man in recovery, a profound healing moment arrived when I finally ‘got it’ -- that I was carrying shame from others like family, peers, institutions, culture, etc.,” said Cooter. “I realized that this was not mine to carry. It came from others.”

That revelation made a profound difference in how Cooter viewed both himself and the world. “It happened when I participated in the Survivor’s Workshop at The Meadows. My genuine passion for this work comes from this revelation and my desire for others to come to know they are precious and valuable,” explained Cooter.

The Workshop focuses on trauma that occurred in early childhood (birth to approximately 18 years old); all while providing an environment where participants feel empowered to start on their journey of healing. The opportunity to freely explore the event(s), process those emotions and learn to better cope can be a profound experience.

Enrollment is limited, so participants should register before October 21, 2011. The GLBT Survivors Workshop will be held:

At: The Bridges at West Valley, Tarzana/Los Angeles
Daily: Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

“Patients can identify, process, and release the trauma; which is both eye-opening and emotionally cathartic,” explained Cooter. “As a professional counselor, a man in recovery and a former ‘graduate’ of The Meadows Survivor Workshop, I can say that this will be a positive, life-changing experience for anyone.”

For more information about the Survivor’s Workshop in West Los Angeles or other workshops, patients and referral sources can contact The Meadows at 800-244-4949.