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 in San Diego, CA - 6 CE Credits

December 9, 2016

Complex Treatment for the Complex Eating Disorder Client:
Integrating ACT and Experiential Strategies

Presented by: Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, Fiaedp & Gayle Brooks, PhD

Date/TimeFriday, December 9, 2016
8:15 am - 9:00 am: Registration, Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Seminar

Location: Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Mission Valley/Stadium
3805 Murphy Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92123

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

Offering 6 CE Credits

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This seminar provides acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) strategies and experiential, expressive methods to provide powerful treatment resources for the practitioner. The psychological complexity of eating disorder clients – diverse race, culture, sexual orientation, and age – who present with one or more co-occurring disorders and, all too often, a history of treatment failures, will be addressed. Attendees will learn to assess the appropriate level of care, prioritize treatment targets and address the temporal order of treatment. This presentation will also incorporate use of body/mind approaches and innovative methods for the clinician. Lecture, demonstration exercises and video clips will be utilized.

About the Presenters:

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, Fiaedp, is Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation, and has served as senior staff for over 26 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 of the Academy of Eating Disorders, Co-Chairperson of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies SIG, 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.

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 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 25 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 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.

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