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Renfrew Has Pride: SAGE Networking Group – Meet the Team

Renfrew Has Pride: SAGE Networking Group – Meet the Team

Thursday June 8, 2023 • 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm (ET)

Free | Live Virtual Networking Event
5:00 pm – 5:30 pm (ET)

Hosted by: The Renfrew Center

Held Online via Zoom

Join us for this virtual networking event to meet The Renfrew Center’s SAGE (Sexuality and Gender Equality) team and learn about our LGBTQIA+ programming. This event is an opportunity for professionals to come together and have a conversation about diversity and inclusion, body image and identity concerns, and how to focus on eating disorder issues when they intersect with gender identity, sexual orientation and feelings of marginalization.

#RenfrewHasPride: Pride is the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual individuals as a social group. Eating disorders are known to disproportionately impact the LGBTQIA+ community, due to unique body image  and identify concerns, social conformity pressures and body dysmorphia that is known to effect its members. This June, we are proud to announce our Renfrew Has Pride campaign that is dedicated to advocating for, empowering and treating our LGBTQIA+ community and alum. Please join us every Thursday in June to recognize and celebrate Pride month in a variety of free community or professional events dedicated exclusively to our LGBTQIA+ community members or their treating professionals.

Liz Shemory, MA, LPC, BC-DMT

Liz is the Site Director and Alumni Representative at The Renfrew Center of Southern New Jersey. Joining Renfrew in 2018 as an Intern and later as Primary Therapist, she leads Renfrew’s SAGE (Sexuality and Gender Equality) Group which offers support to the LGBTQIA+ community. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Dance from DeSales University and her Master’s degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Drexel University. Liz specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma using creative arts therapy, with previous experience in community mental health and the treatment of substance abuse.

Karly Perkins, LCMHC-A, LCAS

Karly is the Team Leader for The Renfrew Center of Charlotte, NC. In her role, she facilitates individual, family, and group therapy as well as the college programing and SAGE groups. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and served on both executive boards of the Psi Chi Honors Society in her undergraduate career and the Chi Sigma Iota, Mu Tau Beta chapter in her graduate career. Karly has experience working with adolescents and adults struggling with various eating disorder presentations (restriction, bingeing, purging, over-exercising, ARFID, orthorexia, etc.), body image concerns, depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, trauma, and substance use concerns. With additional training and experience in serving individuals with substance use and addiction concerns, Karly strives to bring in additional knowledge related to neuroscience education, the impact of different family systems, and additional skills to help process different forms of relapses.

Kayleigh Childress, MS

Kayleigh is the Professional Relations Representative for The Renfrew Center of Orlando. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Appalachian State University and her Master’s degree in Project Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. In her current role, Kayleigh facilitates clinical and community outreach with a focus on event planning and educational presentations. She has extensive experience with event planning, project management, marketing, and business development. In addition, she is involved with local organizations including the UCF Women and Gender Studies Advisory Board and The Body Equity Alliance.

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