Claudia Black

Claudia Black’s seminal work with children impacted by substance abuse in the late 1970s created the foundation for the adult children of alcoholic’s movement. She would be the first to name the dysfunctional family rules: Don’t Talk, Don’t Trust, Don’t Feel. She described the phenomena of delayed stress, emotional trauma and the child’s denial process. She would break the barrier and openly discussed physical and sexual abuse in the context of families affected by addiction. Claudia is internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. Claudia is the author of over fifteen books, most notable It Will Never Happen to Me, having sold over two million copies. Her latest is Unspoken Legacy, the Reverberations of Trauma in the Addicted Family. Her many books are a staple in the education of the behavioral health care practitioners. Today she is a Senior Fellow and Clinical Architect of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows in Arizona