The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility


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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 Seminar: New York, NY - 6 CE Credits

May 10, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

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

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Date: Friday, May 10, 2019

8:15 am - 9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Seminar & Lunch

Location: Four Points by Sheraton New York Downtown
6 Platt Street • New York, NY 10038

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

6 CE Credits

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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®.


  • Describe at least one factor that contributes to difficulties in treating complex eating disorders.
  • Identify three benefits of using a transdiagnostic approach to treat Eating Disorders.
  • Describe how emotion exposure strategies build emotional tolerance.

About the Presenter:

Gayle Brooks, PhD, CEDS, 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, and TN. 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 former Co-Chair of the Academy of Eating Disorders Diversity Special Interest Group.

Melanie Smith, LMHC, CEDS, 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.

*Photocopy of Student ID must be sent to Students must be enrolled in a post-undergraduate program.

  • This seminar is appropriate for all clinicians who treat eating disorders.

  • Content Level: Advanced

  • Refund Policy: 
    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.

  • Special Needs: 
    For more information or to request any special needs, please contact Kelly Krausz at 1-877-367-3383 or

  • Accreditation:
    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 approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 6 Continuing Education Credits.

    Continuing Education Credits for registered dietitians are offered 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.

    New Jersey Social Workers: This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886357583-1214) for 6 continuing education contact hours. 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 six weeks of the event, a Certificate of Attendance will be mailed only to participants who have completed the above requirements.

  • Timeline:
    9:00 am – 10:00 am
    The Many Facets of Complexity: patient complexity, treatment model complexity and research-practice gap.

    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Conceptual framework for transdiagnostic approach and identified mechanisms of change.  Present research findings on application of this approach for treatment of eating disorders.

    11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Emotion Awareness Training: laying the foundation for emotion exposure. (components of an emotional experience, patterns of emotional responding, and present-focused awareness as tools for  managing difficult emotions).

    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Networking Lunch.

    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Principles of Emotion Exposure: Mood Induction experiential exercise.

    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Principles of Emotion Exposure: Interoceptive awareness and experiential exercise.

    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Principles of Emotion Exposure: Food and body image – video demonstrations & experiential exercise.