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EP13 Invited Address 10 – The Addictive Family: The Legacy of Trauma – Claudia Black, PhD

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Topic Areas:
Addiction |  Trauma |  Family Therapy |  Invited Addresses |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2013
Claudia Black, PhD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 14, 2013
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When people think of trauma they often think of acute dramatic situations, such as a natural disaster or acts of terrorism. Yet, the majority of people who experience trauma experience a more subtle and chronic form that exists within their own family. Beginning with a genogram, Claudia Black, Ph.D., will give a portrait of addiction in the family, offering an overlay of how adverse child experiences, emotional abandonment and blatant violence are all aspects of the trauma. She will discuss shame screens, the ways people attempt to gain power over or succumb to their emotional pain, incorporating how trauma is connected to multi-addictive and co-occurring disorders.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Identify how the trauma responses to flight, fight and freeze become acted out in the family impacted by addiction.
  2. Describe both Big T and Little T traumas that frequently occur in a family impacted by addiction.
  3. Explain the relationship of trauma to multiaddictive and co-occurring disorders.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Claudia Black, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for her pioneering and cutting-edge work with family systems and addictive disorders. Her work with children impacted by drug and alcohol addiction in the late 1970s fueled the advancement of the codependency and developmental trauma fields. Dr. Black’s passion to help young adults overcome obstacles and strengthen families built the foundation of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. Not only is Dr. Black the clinical architect of this groundbreaking treatment program, she is also actively involved with the treatment team, patients, and their families.

Claudia is the author of It Will Never Happen To Me, Changing Course, My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A Disease, Repeat After Me, It's Never Too Late To Have A Happy Childhood, Relapse Toolkit, A Hole in the Sidewalk, Depression Strategies, Straight Talk, The Stamp Game, Family Strategies, Anger Strategies, Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies and Secrets, The Truth Begins With Youand her newest title, Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sex Addiction. She has produced seven audio CDs addressing issues of addiction and recovery. They are A Time for Healing, Putting the Past Behind, Triggers, Emotional Baggage, Trauma in the Addicted Family, Imageries and Letting Go Imageries. She also has over 20 DVDs for professionals to use working with families and clients.