The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility

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First in Eating Disorders

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

Professional Seminar: Alexandria, VA - 6 CE Credits

May 19, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The False Self: The Complexity of Body Image and Identity Issues in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

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

Walk-ins welcome

Date/TimeFriday, May 19, 2017
8:15 am - 9:00 am: Registration, Check-in & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Seminar

LocationSheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria
801 North Saint Asaph Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Cost: $95
Student Rate: $75*
Continental breakfast and networking luncheon included.

Offering 6 CE Credits


Body image is perhaps the least understood and most complex of the core issues associated with eating disorder treatment. As an integral part of the life cycle, body image development shifts and adapts as we age and engage in life experiences. It is ironic that although our clients are focused on and obsessed with their bodies, they remain virtually disconnected from the experience of living in their bodies.

This seminar will address the intricate interplay between brain, body and beliefs (why we believe what we believe). Repetition of messages and experiences become internalized and influence not only self-perception and self-talk, but the body itself. Negative reinforcement often becomes imprinted in the client’s bodymind, feels “true” and serves as the client’s identity.

Attendees will learn body-focused strategies designed to help clients reclaim their “authentic” self. Lecture, demonstration/experiential exercises and video clips will be utilized and attendees will be provided with a resource packet.

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 over 27 years. Adrienne attended the University of Michigan where she also served as faculty in the School of Education. A body image specialist, she is a member and Co-Chairperson of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies SIG of the Academy of Eating Disorders, and serves on the Advisory Board 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. Her trainings reflect her background in body-focused methods to treat eating disorders and body image. 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.


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.

*Photocopy of Student ID must accompany registration form.

For questions, please contact Kelly Krausz: 1-877-367-3383 or kkrausz@renfrewcenter.com.