Webinar: Never Ending Possibilities: The Ins and Outs of Later-Life Recovery
February 20, 2013
Never Ending Possibilities:
The Ins and Outs of Later-Life Recovery
Eating disorders do not discriminate. They affect a wide range of individuals across culture, age and geography. While the core dynamics of eating disorders are similar, there is variation in how one manages recovery as life progresses. Life changes require flexibility and openness – difficult for those trying to manage an eating disorder as well as adapt to a new stage of life. Recovery later in life presents its own set of dynamics that deserve special attention and focus.
In this webinar, Dr. Pence will be joined by Renfrew alum Barbara Windham to discuss the “ins and outs” of recovery later in life. They will explore the life changes that emerge as time passes and how individuals can learn to appreciate the uniqueness of managing recovery during that period. Barbara will also share her own story of recovery and openly discuss the key tools that she uses to move herself forward. The never-ending recovery possibilities that emerge as life progresses are incredible. Come share them with us!
About the Presenters: Lara C.C. Pence, MBA, PsyD, is the Director of Alumni Affairs at The Renfrew Center. She acquired specialized training in the treatment of eating disorders as a pre-doctoral intern at The Renfrew Center in Philadelphia, PA and post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Pediatric Eating Disorders at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Prior to moving into her current role, she worked as both Clinical Supervisor and Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Texas. Dr. Pence has a unique expertise and perspective in the field of eating disorders in that she has worked in all levels of care – inpatient, residential, and outpatient alike. Dr. Pence has conducted presentations around the Dallas area, focusing on increasing awareness of eating disorder treatment and education. She has been featured in various media outlets such as Good Morning America, the BBC, WebMD, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post and local Dallas print.
Renfrew alumna, Barbara Windham, was born in Westchester County New York. She received her college degree from Finch College in New York and her master’s degree in Community Counseling from Barry University. Barbara’s longtime dream of becoming a licensed therapist was thwarted by her eating disorder and after years of battling her horrible disease she finally sought out help at Renfrew’s Coconut Creek Residential facility. She found tremendous success in treatment and is active in paying it forward by helping those who are ambivalent about recovery see the light of the other side.