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: Stamford, CT - 6 CE Credits

May 4, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Eating Disorders: Integrating Brain, Body
& the Therapeutic Relationship

Presented by: Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp
& Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018

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

Location: Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
1 First Stamford Place • Stamford, CT 06902

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

6 CE Credits

Many patients with eating disorders suffer from co-morbid conditions, warranting complex treatments which incorporate the best that art and science have to offer. This workshop weaves together current research, treatment trends and clinical insight. Conceptualizing eating disorders as biopsychosocial phenomena puts to rest the validity of any dichotomy between the biology and the psychology of lived experience. Plato’s philosophical stance that “the cure of the part should not be attempted without treatment of the whole” underscores an emerging treatment paradigm blending holistic approaches with traditional practices to produce a “whole” that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Strategies culled from body-oriented therapies will be explored through film clips, demonstration and experiential exercises. The healing power of the therapeutic relationship and the therapeutic use of intuition and creativity will be addressed.

 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 more than 27 years. Ms. Ressler attended the University of Michigan and served as faculty in the School of Education. A body image specialist, her trainings reflect her background in body-focused methods to treat eating disorders and body image. She is Co-Chair of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies SIG of the Academy of Eating Disorders and an Advisory Board member 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. In 2016, Ms. Ressler was selected as the inaugural recipient of Eating Disorder Hope’s Seal of Excellence award for her “empowering work as a body image specialist.” 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

Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, is a member of The Renfrew Center’s Clinical Advisory Board and The Renfrew Center Foundation’s Conference Committee, a Founder and Advisor of NEDA and a Founding Fellow of AED. She is author or co-author of Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research - Practice Gap, Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, The Body Myth, Father Hunger, and Body Wars, a senior editor of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, and a recipient of The Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention. Dr. Maine lectures nationally and internationally on eating disorders, and maintains a private practice, Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group, in West Hartford, CT.

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

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. 

For questions, please contact Kelly Krausz: 1-877-367-3383 or