The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility


First in Eating Disorders

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: Ridgewood, NJ - 2 CE Credits

September 14, 2018, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Focusing on Emotions: Transdiagnostic Approach to Treating Complex Eating Disorders

Presented by: Gayle Brooks, PhD, Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer for The Renfrew Center
& Melanie Smith, LMHC, Director of Training for The Renfrew Center

Walk-ins welcome!

Date: Friday, September 14, 2018

Registration/Breakfast: 8:30 am - 9:00 am
Presentation: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
A tour of the site is available following the presentation

Location: The Renfrew Center of Northern New Jersey
174 Union Street • Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Cost: $20 • A light breakfast will be served

Offering 2 CE Credits

This workshop examines the psychological complexity of eating disorders and explores the benefits of a cutting edge, evidence-based trans-diagnostic treatment which focuses on emotional awareness and exposure. There is now growing evidence that emotional avoidance is a maintaining factor for eating disorders as well as co-morbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma response. Treatment which specifically focuses on targeting emotional avoidance, while developing emotional awareness, tolerance and acceptance, can provide an integrated, unified approach to resolve the myriad of symptoms which are often associated with the complex eating disorder client.

This workshop will apply concepts from David Barlow’s Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders to the treatment of complex eating disorder patients. Lecture, small group activities and experiential exposure demonstrations will be utilized.


After attending this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe 2 factors that contribute to difficulties in treating complex eating disorders.
  • Identify 3 benefits of using a transdiagnostic approach to treat eating disorders.
  • Describe the 3 components of an emotional experience.

About the Presenters:

Gayle Brooks, PhD, is Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for The Renfrew Center. Dr. Brooks leads the Renfrew Clinical Excellence Board and the Clinical Training Department. She has clinical and administrative oversight responsibility for Renfrew’s residential facility in Florida and for the non-residential sites in CA, FL, GA, IL, NC, TN, and TX. For the past 30 years, she has treated patients from diverse backgrounds who suffer from eating disorders. Dr. Brooks served as the eating disorders specialist in the HBO film Thin, has appeared on Good Morning America and has been featured in the following publications: The New York Times, People Magazine, Essence Magazine and Perspectives, The Renfrew Center Foundation’s journal for professionals. A frequent presenter at conferences and workshops, Dr. Brooks speaks on topics such as the treatment of the complex patient, eating disorders and cultural diversity, the interplay between eating disorders and trauma, and eating disorders in mid-life women. Dr. Brooks is a member of the iaedp Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders Diversity Special Interest Group.

Melanie Smith, LMHC, is the Director of Training for The Renfrew Center. As Director of the corporate Clinical Training Department, she is responsible for developing and implementing clinical training and programming that is consistent with emerging research and evidence-based practice. In this role, she provides ongoing supervision and consultation to Renfrew staff to continually assess and improve fidelity and competence of treatment delivery of The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders®. Ms. Smith has extensive training and experience in the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) and is a UP Certified Therapist & Trainer. She has presented workshops on topics related to eating disorders for professional conferences, insurance companies, community mental health agencies, treatment centers, hospitals and universities.

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 more information or to request any special needs, please contact Melissa Falzarano at
1-877-367-3383 or


The Renfrew Center Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Renfrew Center Foundation maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

The Renfrew Center Foundation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5852. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Renfrew Center Foundation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Continuing Education Credits for social workers have been applied for and are pending approval by the National Association of Social Workers for 2 Continuing Education Credits.

Continuing Education Credits for registered dietitians are offered pending approval by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. This activity has been submitted to PSNA for approval to award contact hours. PSNA is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #130 Course #1968 from 08/24/2018 to 08/24/2020. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 2.

Please contact Kelly Krausz at 1-877-367-3383 for more information on the NJ Course Approval. In order to earn CE credit, social workers must sign-in at the registration table, complete a seminar evaluation/attendance form and sign out at the conclusion of the seminar. Within 30 days of the event, a Certificate of Attendance will be mailed only to participants who have completed the above requirements.