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Connections: A Recipe for Recovery

By: Meghan Brown, LMHC, Admissions Coordinator at The Renfrew Center of Massachusetts

Posted on July 22, 2019

There is a reason that Renfrew's bi-annual alumni newsletter is called Connections—they are the foundation of sustainable recovery. The skills we teach and the theory we practice are vital, and they aren't nearly as effective without relational ties weaving treatment together. Because we believe so strongly in the importance of connection, I asked the team at The Renfrew Center of Massachusetts one question:

"What do you believe makes up the Renfrew recipe for recovery?"

Here's what they said:

Renfrew's recipe is all about the commitment, vow and passion for our treatment approach. For me, the ability to utilize Relational Cultural Theory, whether individually or in groups, has been monumental. As providers, it is imperative that we create a space and model what healthy, growth-fostering relationships look like. I think that our clients not only find value as it relates to the therapeutic work, but also, our patients then have the opportunity to apply that modeling in their personal lives and with their supports. Relationships are like a jar of peanut butter—separation is inevitable, but if we're willing to do the work and stir it up, we can obtain the consistency that we are looking for.
-Roni Levy, LMHC, Team Leader

The strongest ingredient is our commitment to collaboration and our ability to ask for, receive and give support. As clinicians, we weave the Relational Cultural theory into each element of our treatment, and we lean on each other constantly to provide the best care possible. We're all working towards the same goal and this allows us to be transparent with each other, recognize our limitations, and show up for each other and our patients day after day.
-Jana Ross, MA, Primary Therapist

I would also include flexibility in staff and the ability to work as a team—we are transparent, listen to the patients and believe in what we do whole-heartedly. Not only do we talk the talk (quite literally) but walk the walk. (We're all about leanin' in 😊)
-Angela Kaloudis, LMHC, NCC, Clinical Training Specialist

A staunch dedication to our patients' and families' well-being, a passion to champion the fight against eating disorders at large, an ever-growing faithfulness to our Unified Treatment Model as we watch its effectiveness, and an innate enthusiasm for excellence in our unique, elite medical community.
-Lori Ciotti, LICSW, CEDS, Regional Assistant Vice President

I think the true blend of UT philosophy and relational cultural theory ALL feels very relatable, true to our values, and easily became internalized AND demonstrated by us not only as clinicians, but as individual people. We are willing to look inward into ourselves and the dynamics amongst us to make our work better and better, as well as ourselves as people AND as therapists our best selves.
-Eleanor Poore, MA, Creative Arts Therapist

I think what makes treatment so special and helpful to recovery is our commitment to the UT. We find ways to consistently, even in passing, use the UT to support the client. We really believe in the model and I think that makes the world of difference.
-Monica Perez, MA, Primary Therapist

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