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Since 1985, The Renfrew Centers have been providing clinical excellence within a nurturing environment -  empowering adolescent girls and women to change their lives.

Webinar: The Power of Your Voice: Turning Recovery into Advocacy

March 20, 2013

The Power of Your Voice:
Turning Recovery into Advocacy

March 20th - 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST - Register Here
 March 20th- 8:00pm -9:00pm EST - Register Here

Communication is a key aspect of recovery. As your journey progresses, you will discover how much more effective it is for you to use words to communicate rather than behaviors and symptoms. By changing your language, you can increase the power of your voice.

Using your voice to get your needs met in recovery is essential - using your voice to get your needs AND the needs of others met is transformative.

Join us for an incredible hour with Dr. Pence and powerhouse advocates Johanna Kandel and Sarah Yeung as we discuss how to turn your recovery into advocacy. Johanna and Sarah will each share their journey of moving away from the eating disorder and towards activism. They will share tips on identifying when you may be ready to move into this stage and what the path entails. We will also discuss simple steps you can take to begin to create change in the treatment and prevention world. Hold on tight and get ready to use your voice!

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.

Johanna Kandel, Alumni Liaison, recently joined The Renfrew Center Foundation. After recovering from a ten-year-long battle with various eating disorders, Johanna founded The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, based in West Palm Beach, Florida. In addition, she runs free weekly support groups, mentors individuals with eating disorders and their families through their treatment and recovery, helps thousands of people gain information and find the help they need, and advocates for legislation on the local, state, and national levels. She is a member of the Eating Disorders Coalition Board of Directors, Florida team leader for NEDA’s STAR program, founding board member of the Eating Disorders Activist Network, and board member for GirlFuture. She is an active participant in National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and has received many awards for her ongoing outreach and advocacy work, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service© and Harlequin Enterprises’ More Than Words Award. Johanna has appeared on national television programs including NBC Nightly News and The Today Show, and has been profiled in the New York Times and Glamour Magazine.

Sarah Yeung is a Renfrew alumna, spending 4 months inpatient at Renfrew Center - Florida in 2007.  She is excited to celebrate 6 years of recovery in April.  As she progressed through her journey of recovery, she became more passionate in giving back and gradually increased her involvement advocating for education, treatment, and research for mental illnesses and eating disorders.  As an Asian American immigrant, she is also interested in fighting stigma and enhancing awareness in these communities.  Sarah has published articles in national magazines, showed her art works, organized fund-raisers, and shared her story with different audiences to further these causes.  Most recently, she was a speaker at a Congressional Briefing for the Federal Response to Eliminate Eating Disorders (FREED) Act. Sarah lives in Central NJ and works in Human Resources for a global healthcare company.  She enjoys yoga and traveling, and is learning to meditate.