About Our Eating Disorder Treatment Center

Castlewood Alumni Program

Castlewood is committed to helping our clients continue the recovery process even after they have discharged from our care. We have developed an alumni program for all clients who have successfully completed their treatment at Castlewood.


Deanna James, MA, LPC, R-DMT- Director of Alumni Relations

Ms. James obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma in Psychology. She went on to obtain her Master’s of Arts in Dance Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College Chicago. Ms. James is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Dance and Movement Therapist. She has worked at Castlewood Treatment Center since 2006 in various roles including therapist, program director and now as the Director of Marketing. Ms. James has completed level I training in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy. She incorporates creative arts therapy, internal family systems therapy and cognitive behavioral therapies in her approach to therapeutic healing. Ms. James specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, trauma based disorders and body image issues. She is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals as well as the American Dance Movement Therapy Association. In her current role as Director of Marketing, Referral and Alumni relations she works as a liaison between Castlewood and referring clinicians, oversees coordination of marketing events, as well as facilitates the alumni program and alumni follow up program. Ms. James is the continuing education administrator for all Castlewood workshops and trainings. She also coordinates all social media, websites, and media campaigns for Castlewood Treatment Center. Deanna has a passion for working with clients with eating disorders and helping them find hope and healing

Alumni Events

Castlewood offers bi-annual alumni events each year during which our alumni can participate in recovery oriented groups and activities. These weekend events include groups specifically tailored to the alumni and life after treatment, a meal and community networking. For information on these events, upcoming schedule, and registrations information please contact Castlewood directly or sign up for our newsletter to get the most up to date information.

Next Alumni Event: March 2015 - Details to be announced 


Alumni Newsletter

Castlewood publishes a monthly alumni newsletter for former clients and their families.

Follow Up

After clients complete a comprehensive discharge plan with one of our discharge coordinators, our alumni relations coordinator begins follow up with clients. She contacts clients one week after discharge to discuss the adjustment to real life and any problems with their discharge plan. At one month post discharge, the alumni relations coordinator calls clients and checks in on their progress post treatment. She facilitates this check in at one month intervals for six months. Clients can also anonymously participate in our research follow up program by filling out eating disorder inventories which are emailed to them by our research coordinator.

In an effort to strengthen participation in our alumni weekend, website and follow-up program, Castlewood leadership and Board of Directors have decided that we will no longer provide three-day check-ins for discharged clients. It is our goal to help clients move into their new life and beyond Castlewood. If a client desires further treatment, they may contact the intake department and discuss options for a brief admission to our various programs. To contact intake, please call 877.937.6869.

Conversations with Alumni

Episode 1 - September 25th, 2015

  • Nancy Albus, CEO & Kat, Alumnus
  • Presented by: Deanna James, LPC
  • Watch Now

Alumni Webinars

Castlewood offers webinars to our alumni community, friends and families as an effort to support long term recovery.

Past Webinars:

September 16th- 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST

  • Topic: Navigating Food Lapes
  • Presented by: Chelsea Martin, RD, LD
  • Watch the Webinar

July 22nd-12:00 PST/ 2:00 CST

  • Topic:12 Steps and Eating Disorder Recovery
  • Presented by: Hallie Metzler, VP of Sales and Marketing
  • Watch the Webinar

June- 11th-12:00 CST 1:00 pm CST

  • Topic: Body Acceptance in the Recovery Process
  • Presented by: Katie Thompson, LPC, NCC
  • Watch the Webinar 

April 15, 2014 11:00 am- 12:00 pm CST

  • Topic: Moving Through Stages of Everyday Grief's and Finding Moments of Embracing Life
  • Presented by: Laura Wood, MA, LPC, RDT
  • Watch the Webinar 

March 19, 2014 6:00 pm-7:00 pm CST ( For Alumni & Families)

December 5, 2013 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST

December 11, 2013 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST

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