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2024 Virtual Alumni Reunion Workshop Selections

We are excited for you to be joining us at this year’s Alumni Reunion: Empowering Recovery Through Connection. Below you will find a listing of workshops and activities that will be offered throughout the day. Please register for what you’d like to attend. Each event requires its own registration


  • Please select 1 workshop from each of the sessions below to attend.
  • A confirmation email for each workshop you register for will be sent to you by Zoom and contain your attendee link.
  • Should you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

  • Led by Erin Birely, LCPC, The Renfrew Center’s Alumni Services Coordinator, and featured Alum, Shalini W., who will share her recovery story.


Reminder: Pick 1 workshop.

  • Empowering Your Body with Nutrition
    Maria Jose Viteri, RDN & Kate Moyer, RDN, LDN
    Nutrition empowers us by fueling us with energy to sustain ourselves, listen to our body’s cues, break free of food-related shame or fear, and transform our lives. Nutrition can help us live a value-driven and connected life! In this workshop, attendees will learn ways to achieve their nutritional needs, how nutrition plays a vital role in overall recovery, and can support us to feel empowered to live our life to the fullest.
  • Expressive Connection
    Susan Kleinman, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, CEDS-C & Felicia Perez Campana MS, EdS, LMHC
    We live in a culture that may leave us feeling disconnected and disempowered. In this experiential workshop, participants will join together to transform their everyday actions into expressive communication that will give form to their feelings, renew their spirit, and revitalize the connection between their true self and others.


  • Self-Reflection Connection
    Laura Rickles, MAAT & Sara O’Boyle, MS
    Art can connect us to our senses, body, and mind. In this workshop, participants will use visual art as a means to connect with their internal values, identities, and with group members. Alternative ways to creatively express our emotions to foster connection with others will also be explored. Participants should bring their own art supplies such as a pen or pencil, paper, markers collage supplies, or mixed media for a very personalized creative experience.

  • Grab your lunch and join fellow alumni and Renfrew clinicians Samantha Wint, MPH, RDN, LDN, Sabeena Seraj, MS, RDN, LDN, and Maria Jose Viteri, RDN. Meals will not be checked off by staff supports and an honor system will be in place that attendees are following their recovery-oriented meal goals.

Reminder: Pick 1 workshop.

  • Empowered Boundaries
    Sara Earl, MS, NCC, R-DMT & Marisa Palencar, MA
    Empowerment entails claiming one’s inherent rights to help cultivate positive change in one’s life. One of the ways we can do this is through creating boundaries. If boundaries support healthy relationships, why do so many of us prioritize the wants and needs of others over our own? Do you struggle with this skill? Let’s practice together!
  • Connecting with Your Nutrition
    Samantha Wint, MPH, RDN, LDN & Sabeena Seraj, MS, RDN, LDN
    Nutrition plays a key role, in recovery, and it is powered by listening to one’s body. This workshop will emphasize variety, balance, flexibility, nourishment, and fun with food. Participants will be given space to reflect on their personal journey, identify challenges in nourishing their body, and reconnect with their nutrition goals as their recovery journey continues.
  • Empowerment Through Inner Worth
    Kyle Congdon, MA, ATR-BC & Danielle Mann, MPS, ATR-P
    Art can help us “picture” our hopes, ideas, and inspirations. Through this creative experience, participants will be invited to explore and discover their own inner strength and intrinsic value, and how it empowers them to connect with others in meaningful ways. Participants should bring their own art supplies such as drawing materials, collage supplies, or mixed media for a very personalized creative experience.

Reminder: Pick 1 workshop.

  • Connecting with Your Body
    Amy Smith, MS & Sara O’Boyle, MS
    Recovery requires working through many intense fears and challenges, and body image fears and distress can feel like some of the most difficult. Cultivating connection to one’s body to better understand one’s body image and all the parts that make it up can be a key piece of one’s journey. In this workshop, participants will foster their relationship with body image and identify strategies to deepen connection to the body.
  • Connecting With Your Needs
    Matthew McCool, MS, NCC & Janet Krauss, LCSW
    Self-care can be empowering. It can ignite and inspire us while even modeling empowerment to others too! This workshop will focus on self-care as a way to connect with oneself and others too. Participants will learn about prioritizing self-care in recovery, the pillars of self-care, and ways to incorporate it in our daily lives.

  • Connecting Mind and Body
    Sara Earl, MS, NCC, R-DMT & Alexis Koerner, MSW, LSW
    You may hear the phrase “mind-body connection” in recovery, but what does it really mean? How do you accomplish it? Rebuilding the mind-body connection is ultimately a process of building self-awareness and claiming one’s true self. In this group, we will work to understand and improve this relationship with a discussion around what promotes connection and what gets in the way. We will close with a body gratitude practice.

  • Join us to close out the day, hosted by Erin Birely, LCPC, The Renfrew Center’s Alumni Services Coordinator.




As a reminder, a confirmation email for each workshop you registered for will be sent by Zoom and contain your attendee link.
For  questions, please contact [email protected].

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