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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.

Professional Event: Baltimore, MD - 2 CE Credits

September 13, 2018, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Helping Mothers and Daughters Stay Resilient

Presented by: Laurie Cooper, PsyD
Regional Assistant Vice President for The Renfrew Centers

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Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Registration: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Presentation: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tour of Site: 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: The Exchange Building • Conference Room, 2nd Floor
1122 Kenilworth Drive • Towson, MD 21204

Offering 2 CE Credits

Cost: $20 • Lunch will be served

This presentation will explore the identity development of girls and women over the lifespan and highlight the influences that shape perceptions of what it means to be female in today’s culture. Most often, these influences include both overt and covert messages from family and friends as well as the effects of cultural background, affiliations, and responses to the current media.

In this presentation we will examine the “down side” of the myth of the perfect female – how such unattainable expectations develop and are maintained. Mothers and daughters each grapple with issues such as perfection, body image, service, performance, and their own self-evaluations as they relate to these issues. The dynamics of a mother-daughter relationship can often significantly influence how these challenges are met; mother-daughter and daughter-mother communication can be a key factor in navigating this process in an authentic manner. When this dynamic is troubled, there are protective factors that may be cultivated to add increased resilience for young women just developing their sense of self. Promoting positive body image, enhancing body image in vulnerable populations and utilizing direct intervention with mothers and daughters are all mechanisms for cultivating authenticity and resilience for mothers, daughters and all women in today’s culture.

Finally, this presentation will provide an overview of treatment for body image issues and eating disorders, particularly as it relates to the inclusion of mother-daughter pairs.

About the Presenter:

Laurie Cooper, PsyD, is the Regional Assistant Vice President and Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Nashville. Dr. Cooper received her Doctorate of Psychology from Baylor University and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. An Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Vanderbilt University, her clinical and administrative experience includes 25 years of care in outpatient and intensive-care settings treating eating disorders, women’s issues and child and adolescent assessment/intervention. Dr. Cooper is a frequent lecturer on the topics of best practices in the treatment of eating disorders and helping mothers and daughters be authentic and resilient. She is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders, National Eating Disorders Association, Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, The Nashville Psychotherapy Institute, RenewED, and the National Academy of Professional Women.

The Renfrew Center Foundation will administer a full refund for cancellations within three weeks of the seminar date. Cancellations less than three weeks of the seminar date will be issued a transferable credit toward a future seminar.

For questions, please contact Melissa Falzarano: 1-877-367-3383 or