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: Miami, FL - 6 CE Credits

April 7, 2017, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Building Emotional Tolerance: A Transdiagnostic Approach to Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders

Presented by: Gayle Brooks, PhD & Melanie Smith, LMHC

Date/TimeFriday, April 7, 2017
8:15 am - 9:00 am: Registration, Check-in & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Seminar

LocationHyatt Regency Miami
400 South East Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33131

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

Offering 6 CE Credits


Clinicians and treatment programs have long been adept at facilitating symptom management strategies for individuals struggling with eating disorders. However, the problem of regression back into disordered behaviors over time continues to plague the field. Intolerance of difficult emotional experiences has been identified as a key etiological and maintaining factor of eating disorders and other maladaptive coping behaviors. This workshop will examine the psychological complexity of eating disorders and explore the benefits of a cutting edge transdiagnostic treatment that builds emotional awareness, acceptance and tolerance through targeted emotion exposure interventions. Through experiential demonstration, this workshop will demonstrate emotion exposure techniques that are the foundation of The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders™.

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, 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. 

*Photocopy of Student ID must accompany registration form.

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