The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility


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Since 1985, The Renfrew Centers have been providing clinical excellence within a nurturing environment  empowering adolescent girls and women to change their lives.

Free Recovery Webinar: Building a Better Body Image

February 21, 2018, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Building a Better Body Image

Presented by: Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp

Wednesday, February 21st

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST  

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST    

Promises of thinness, popularity, health, and beauty fuel our fantasies—fantasies that rarely become reality. So, how do we make peace with ourselves and our bodies? We first need to recognize that how we treat ourselves has a tremendous impact on our overall self-image and self-esteem. Body image is a complex concept – so much more than “I love my body” or “I hate my body." It simply is not possible to loathe the body you inhabit and feel good about yourself.

This presentation will provide attendees with information on how stop negative self-talk and follow steps to move from an adversarial position with their body to one based on appreciation and gratitude. Participants will learn to identify milestones and events in their history which influenced their body image development and will acquire body-focused suggestions to interrupt the cycle of negativity that keeps them from living a full life.

About the Presenter:

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, is Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation, and has served as senior staff for more than 27 years. Ms. Ressler attended the University of Michigan and served as faculty in the School of Education. A body image specialist, her trainings reflect her background in body-focused methods to treat eating disorders and body image. She is Co-Chair of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies SIG of the Academy of Eating Disorders and an Advisory Board member of Eating Disorders Recovery and Support in Petaluma, CA. A Fellow and past President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, she presently chairs iaedp’s Senior Advisory Board. In 2016, Ms. Ressler was selected as the inaugural recipient of Eating Disorder Hope’s Seal of Excellence award for her “empowering work as a body image specialist.” She is published in The International Journal of Fertility and Women’s MedicineSocial Work Today and Pulse, the journal of the International Spa Association. Author of chapters on the use of experiential and creative therapies for eating disorders in two textbooks, her work has also been included in the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. A frequent contributor to popular media, she has appeared on the TODAY show and Good Morning America Sunday.