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 Seminar: Columbus, OH - 6 CE Credits

April 28, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Integrating Brain and Body:
Mindfulness, Metaphor and Experiential Methods

Presented by: Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp & Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW

Walk-ins welcome!

Date/TimeFriday, April 28, 2017
8:15 am - 9:00 am: Registration, Check-in & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Seminar

LocationThe Westin Columbus
310 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

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

Offering 6 CE Credits

Eating disorders can present treatment challenges for even the most experienced clinician. The entrenched nature of the illness makes for a formidable foe in the therapy room. To add to the complexity of treatment, the physicality of eating disorder symptoms can sometimes hide the less obvious, but equally serious, issue – fusion with thoughts and emotions. A key element in this seminar will be how to facilitate addressing these deeper issues. Mindfulness as a clinical intervention will be explored, discussing both the most recent research on therapeutic mindfulness and what that specifically means for the practicing clinician. The application of mindful awareness to move the client from a position of avoidance of emotion to acceptance of emotion will be demonstrated. Participants will explore how to implement experiential methods designed to circumvent cognitive fusion and will learn strategies for decoding spoken words as well as the unspoken language of the body. The power of metaphor and creativity as treatment tools will be taught through film clips, literature/poetry/music, experiential exercises and breakout groups.

About the Presenters:

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 Medicine, Social 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.
Jancey Wickstrom, AM, LCSW, is the Site Director at The Renfrew Center of Chicago. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa and The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Ms. Wickstrom is passionate about ensuring evidence-based care is available to those who need it, and has worked in residential, outpatient and inpatient treatment settings. She is intensively trained in contextual therapeutic approaches including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders™. She contributed a chapter titled ‘Healing Self-Inflicted Violence in Adolescents with Eating Disorders’ in the book Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap. Ms. Wickstrom is also an adjunct lecturer at The University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration.

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