The Betrayal Bond

Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships

Emotional Trauma Workshop

Emotional Trauma Workshop

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“In 1992, I attended a week-long seminar with Dr. Patrick Carnes on trauma bonds. As a counselor for chemical dependency, I used Dr. Carnes handouts with those in treatment and serving time in the Indiana Department of Corrections until my retirement in 2008; but, his work also personally changed my life with my own childhood trauma. Today I still use his principles in my church with those who still suffer from the effects of unresolved trauma.”

Michael C.

About the Workshop

The Betrayal Bond workshop is designed to help participants free themselves from, and recover from, exploitive relationships, processes, and situations. We tend to think of all bonds as being positive, but they are actually neutral and can become positive or negative. A betrayal bond is a type of negative bond that occurs when someone develops a strong and intense attachment to a person or an addictive process that is destructive to them.

This workshop was developed under the guidance of Dr. Patrick Carnes, internationally known sex addiction expert and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, and is based on his groundbreaking book of the same name. It addresses exploitation of all kinds: marital, familial, relational, professional, religious, litigious, child abuse, domestic violence, cults, and addictions.

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$3,450 – All-inclusive are meals and evening activities: Yoga, Tai Chi, Auricular Acupuncture, Live Music, and 12-step meeting. Access to the Brain Center and gym are also included in the cost of the workshop.

Lodging and Transportation

Lodging is available at the Rio Retreat Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are simply appointed and designed to be conducive to the process of healing and recovery. We offer both shared and private rooms. For those staying on campus, transportation will be available from and to the Phoenix airport with two convenient pickup times.

Details will be sent with your confirmation email upon completion of the sign-up process. Those who do not stay at the Rio Retreat Center will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation and lodging in the Wickenburg area. A list of lodging and transportation options will be sent with your workshop confirmation email.

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For more details about this workshop and to register, please contact us to speak to a Workshop Coordinator.


Workshop Goals

The goals of this workshop are to help participants:

  • Recognize, acknowledge, and develop insights about situations,
    people, and processes that are exploitive in nature.
  • Break through denial, identify signs that a betrayal bond exists,
    and grieve losses.
  • Explore the root causes of one’s involvement in relationships,
    situations, and processes that are destructive to them.
  • Identify key elements that drive the cycle of abuse, betrayal of
    trust, and power.
  • Learn about the psychodynamic and neurobiological concepts
    behind exploitive situations and relationships.


The Betrayal Bond

Mar 29 - Apr 2, 2021

Jun 14 - 18, 2021

Sept 20 - 24, 2021

Nov 15 - 19, 2021