Meet Dr. Claudia Black

The clinical architect of our young adult program

Claudia Black, PhD

Internationally recognized for her pioneering and cutting-edge work with family systems and addictive disorders, Dr. Claudia Black’s 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 desire to strengthen families continue to form 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 Black

A Prolific Author, a Pioneering Treatment Professional

Widely recognized for her contributions to the field of addiction and trauma treatment, Dr. Black has more than a dozen books to her credit. She has produced seven audio CDs addressing issues of addiction and recovery and created 20 DVDs for professionals to use in working with families and clients.

Books Credits:

  • It Will Never Happen to Me
  • Changing Course
  • My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A Disease
  • Repeat After Me
  • Relapse Toolkit
  • A Hole in the Sidewalk
  • Depression Strategies
  • Straight Talk
  • Family Strategies
  • Anger Strategies
  • Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal
  • Lies and Secrets
  • The Truth Begins With You
  • Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sex Addiction
  • Unspoken Legacy


  • National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award
  • Marty Mann Award
  • SECAD Award
  • National Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction Educator of the Year
  • 2010 Conway Hunter Award for Excellence in the Field of Addiction
  • Distinguished Alumni Award University of Washington School of Social Work

Hear More From Claudia Black on the Beyond Theory Podcast:

Season 2, Episode 1 & 2
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The Family Dynamics of Addiction

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Young Adults


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