About Claudia Black

Claudia Black Ph.D. is a renowned addiction author, speaker and trainer, internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Claudia designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, addiction and correctional services as well as speaking in public forums about addiction and recovery. She speaks to thousands of people every year.

Since the 1970’s Claudia’s work has encompassed the impact of addiction on young and adult children. She offers models of intervention and treatment related to family violence, multi-addictions, relapse, anger, depression and women’s issues. Her writings and teachings have become a standard in the field of addictions.

Claudia holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Psychology from Columbia Pacific University, and a Masters Degree in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Welfare from the University of Washington. Claudia is the Clinical Architect of the Claudia Black Center for Young Adults, a Senior Fellow, and Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist at The Meadows Treatment Center in Arizona. She is one of the original founders and serves on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Addiction and the Advisory Council of the Eluna Foundation and its development of Camp Mariposa, a camp for children impacted by addiction.

Her workshops have been presented to an extraordinarily wide array of audiences including military academies, prison systems, medical schools, and extensive mental health and addiction programs. Claudia has extensive multi-cultural experiences working with agencies and audiences in Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Scotland, Iceland, Germany, England and Canada. Many of her books and videos have been translated and published abroad.

She is the recipient of a number of National awards including the Marty Mann Award, the SECAD Award, the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction Educator of the Year, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington School of Social Work, and the Conway Hunter Award for excellence in the field of addiction. She has written articles for many professional magazines and journals, among them Paradigm, Recovery Today, Counselor Magazine, and has appeared on national television and radio programs.

“Claudia Black has been a major force in the addiction and adult children of alcoholic work. She is a true pioneer and her work has a very special place in my heart (limbic brain) personally and professionally.”

Daniel Amen MD, Founder Amen Clinics, multiple NY Times best selling author

“Claudia Black’s insight is such the reader feels as if she was inside their addictive family system. Claudia’s work is both powerful and ageless. She continues to be a pioneer.”

John Bradshaw, Author, Mentor, Philosopher, Counselor, Educator

“A knowledge of and familiarity with Claudia Black’s work is essential if one would grasp the depth of devastation wrought by those afflicted with addiction. Her work continues to be a landmark in the field!”

Fr. Joseph Martin, renowned speaker/educator on the issues of alcoholism and drug addiction