Spend a weekend at Letchworth State Park this summer at a couples retreat that aims to revive, renew, and transform couples — from self-awareness to communication with your mate.
JOANNE CANNAVO, PHD, MSSA, LCSW-R
Dr. Joanne Cannavo has been a Clinical Social Worker serving Western New York in both clinical practice as well as in higher education at various colleges and universities for over twenty years. She has been a tenured Associate Professor for the Masters in Social Work program at a private college in Western New York for 12 years teaching the advanced clinical practice courses, psychopathology, as well as research methods and theory. Dr. Cannavo earned her PhD in Social Welfare from the University at Buffalo, SUNY. She earned her Masters in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She also earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R), Dr. Cannavo has worked with countless children, adolescents, adults, couples and families through her Clinical Social Work counseling practice of 20 years in the Western New York area. Her specialty in practice has been human attachment and family and couple relationships with a focus on development across the lifespan. She has also conducted clinical and custodial evaluations for several years with Family Court as part of her private practice work. She is certified in Family and Divorce Mediation through the Center for Resolution and Justice, Child and Family Services in Buffalo, NY. Prior to her private practice, her clinical practice training included Social Work specializing with children and adolescents in both a residential treatment facility and also a psychiatric hospital.
Dr. Cannavo has conducted research on Family Treatment Courts and International Adoption, where human attachment and relationships are a common thread in her research. She has presented her research at conferences nationally and internationally as well as published scholarly work from book chapters to peer reviewed journal articles. She has also been an article reviewer for the peer reviewed journal, Adoption Quarterly.
Dr. Cannavo is excited to be presenting therapeutic couples retreats. She began the Relationship Renewal Center of New York due to her belief in helping people better know themselves individually as well as a couple. She believes in therapeutic intervention, experiential learning, and teaching the foundation and various core concepts and methods of how to build and enhance the couple’s attachment and bond in their relationship. Dr. Cannavo’s therapeutic couples retreats are designed to contribute to the growth and development of the individual and couple towards moving forward down an emotionally healthy path and continuing to write their story.
Spend a weekend at Letchworth State Park this summer at a couples retreat that aims to revive, renew and transform couples — from self-awareness to communication with your mate. Retreats are led by Dr. Joanne Cannavo, PhD, MSSA, LCSW-R, a licensed clinical expert counseling and building relationships for over 20 years. A peaceful, therapeutic setting in nature is designed to add to the tranquility and opportunities for reflection, peacefulness and growth for each individual away from the possible stress and stimuli of everyday lives. Participating in a therapeutic couples weekend retreat allows you to carve out time to renew, revive, and focus on personal development through professional guidance to encourage your growth, reflection and awareness.
Dr. Cannavo recognizes that many couples arrive with different goals and interests for their couple relationship. Some couples may still be in the position of learning and identifying the path that is right for them. No matter what their stage of awareness for their plan, participants who invest themselves in the couples retreat weekend go through an experience of growth, development, and personal transformation. Dr. Cannavo believes in helping people better know themselves individually as well as a couple. There is a focus on existing strengths and understanding what is already working well. Participants will have opportunities to reflect and learn about critical elements that are points of growth and intervention of themselves, their mate, and their couple relationship. These include identity and knowing oneself, and understanding thought processes, communication styles, dynamics of interaction and behavioral responses for both individual and the couple. Other significant aspects that may challenge and impact the couple are also a point for intervention, such that couples may address and resolve issues that have put a strain on their relationship, heal and trust again, and arrive at new perspectives towards making healthier choices and learning the tools that will change dynamics and behaviors of how they formerly handled such situations. Dr. Cannavo believes in therapeutic intervention, experiential learning, and teaching the foundation and various core concepts and methods of how to build and enhance the couple’s attachment and bond in their relationship. Dr. Cannavo’s therapeutic couples retreats are designed to contribute to the growth and development of the individual and couple towards moving forward down an emotionally healthy path and continuing to write their story.
Each couple receives a private couple-counseling session amidst the small group format of the weekend structured for your privacy. The private couple session will enable assessment as well as suggested interventions and techniques that are personally identified for the individual and couple. Privacy and peace are a priority; each weekend is designed to host only up to six couples per retreat. There is not an expectation to share openly as a group with others in attendance towards the goal of maintaining the privacy of participants.
Most meals are included with the retreat. Although lodging is not included, participants may opt to secure accommodations in the Letchworth State Park Conference Center where the retreat is held, or through other arrangements whether in or outside of the park. See ‘Reservations and Accommodations’ for additional information regarding lodging.
2018 Summer weekend retreats take place at the Conference Center at Letchworth State Park from late afternoon Friday through mid-day Sunday. Letchworth State Park has been voted the number one state park in the country in a poll by USA Today. Letchworth State Park has been called the ‘Grand Canyon of the East,’ and is …
Please contact us with questions or to book a therapeutic weekend retreat! Call (716) 816-5147, or email us at RRCofNY@gmail.com