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.

The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders®

The empirically-supported approach known as The Renfrew Center Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® has been implemented at Renfrew’s 19 locations nationwide to address the needs of a complex medical and psychiatric patient population.

The Unified Treatment Model for Eating Disorders® addresses both the eating disorder and co-morbid symptoms by explicitly targeting the core, maintaining factors of emotional dysregulation, intolerance and experiential avoidance. Through the use of therapeutic exposure exercises and a set of coordinated group, individual and family modalities, patients gain the skills and confidence to tolerate a range of internal emotional experiences without resorting to the use of eating disorder symptoms.  

Components of the Unified Treatment Model For Eating Disorders® include:

  • Motivation Enhancement and Psychoeducation
  • Mindful Awareness of Emotion
  • Cognitive Appraisal-Reappraisal Skills
  • Emotion Exposures
    - Interoceptive (tolerance of physical sensation)
    - Nutrition/Food
    - Body Image
  • Social/Interpersonal   

Through The Renfrew Center’s Training Department, all clinical staff received intensive training in this empirically based treatment model over the past two and a half years. The Unified Treatment Model For Eating Disorders® has been fully implemented at all Renfrew locations, across all levels of care. Research indicates that effective implementation of evidence based treatment requires a commitment to training best practices. These practices are shown to maximize retention of learning, clinician competence and adherence to an evidence-based treatment as well as positive patient outcomes.

The Renfrew Center has partnered with leading experts in the field of eating disorder research, training and implementation science at Drexel University, Boston University, and SUNY at Albany to assess the efficacy of the treatment model and ensure that training and implementation best practice standards are met.  

For more information, please call 1-800-RENFREW (736-3739).