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: Teaneck, NJ - 5 CE Credits

May 21, 2019, 8:00 AM - 1:15 PM

Feasting, Fasting and Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community

Presented by: Lori Ciotti, LICSW;
Marjorie C. Feinson, PhD & Sarah Bateman, LCSW

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

7:30 am - 8:00 am: Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am - 1:15 pm: Seminar

LocationTeaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank W. Burr Boulevard • Teaneck, NJ 07666

Cost: $75
Student Rate: $50*

Dairy breakfast and snack included • Kosher options available upon request

Offering 5 CE Credits

Open to all practitioners who treat Jewish clients or would like to learn more.

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This seminar will begin with an examination of the intricate issues that may put Jewish girls and women at risk for developing disordered eating or an eating disorder. Attendees will be able to explore the complexity of eating disorder behaviors, review a clinically relevant screening questionnaire and expand their awareness of how some Jewish observances can influence the development and maintenance of an eating disorder for some individuals.

To address these issues, participants will be provided with opportunities to learn innovative strategies, culled from Jewish rituals and beliefs that challenge eating disorder thoughts and behaviors. Clinical approaches for reducing body shaming, negative self-talk, and the quest for perfection will be presented. Special consideration will be given to the power of “inner wisdom” practices to guide all Jewish women in their recovery.

About the Presenters:

Lori Ciotti, LICSW, is the Regional Assistant Vice President of Operations for The Renfrew Centers. Ms. Ciotti received her Bachelor's degree from Tufts University and her Master's degree in Social Work from Simmons College. Prior to opening Renfrew’s Massachusetts site in 2014, she was the Corporate Clinic Director for a multi-site mental health facility in the Boston area. Ms. Ciotti is a frequent speaker at professional events and on college campuses about the risks and treatment of eating disorders, and has been featured in The Boston Globe, Health magazine, SELF magazine, and

Marjorie C. Feinson, PhD, has been a university professor for the past 30 years specializing in women’s mental health. As the Professional Development Specialist for The Renfrew Center Foundation, she conducts educational seminars on a broad spectrum of eating-related issues and is the editor of Perspectives, The Renfrew Center Foundation’s journal for professionals. She facilitates Inner Wisdom workshops for women in Israel and the U.S. Dr. Feinson directed the first community study of disordered eating and domestic abuse among women in Israel. Publications include ‘Soul Food:’ Emotional Abuse in Childhood & the Complex Role of Food (2010), Disordered Eating & Religious Observance: A Focus on Ultra-Orthodox Jews (2012) and Is Religiosity Associated with Less Child Abuse? A Community Study of Ultra-Orthodox and Secular Jewish Women (2014).

Sarah Bateman, LCSW, has been practicing social work for more than 10 years. As The Renfrew Center’s Liaison to the Jewish community, she ensures that individuals with eating disorders in the Jewish community are able to receive culturally sensitive treatment and that their unique religious needs are met. Ms. Bateman has a private practice with offices in New York and New Jersey, provides training for professionals and lectures in schools while working to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders in the Jewish community.

*Photocopy of Student ID must accompany registration form. Students must be enrolled in a post-undergraduate program.  


  • Participants will learn to administer a new screening questionnaire for assessing problematic eating behaviors.
  • Participants will be able to identify 3 themes relevant to religiously observant clients.
  • Participants will be able to list 3 components of body image.
  • Participants will be able to describe 2 ‘inner wisdom’ practices.
  • Participants will develop 3 innovative strategies for blending traditions and rituals into treatment practices.

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 Melissa Falzarano at
1-877-367-3383 or

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 pending approval by the National Association of Social Workers for 5 Continuing Education Credits.

Continuing Education Credits for registered dietitians are offered pending approval 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: an application has been submitted for consideration. 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.