James D. "Buck" Runyan leads the operations at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake by developing key staff competencies and overseeing each department within the facility. He has worked as a therapist and administrator at each level of care, providing a unique understanding of client needs and development for staff.
James has designed and facilitated 28 treatment programs in seven states, including outpatient, private practice, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, medical inpatient and detox programming. As a certified eating disorder specialist, he previously served as the president of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. He holds both a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from California Baptist College. James is also an active philanthropist and national public speaker on a range of mental health topics, including eating disorders, addiction, trauma and family systems.
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