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 women to change their lives.

Renfrew Eating Disorder Treatment Center Conference

The Renfrew Conference

The Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals has been recognized as one of the premier eating disorders conferences in the country since it first convened in 1991. Held every fall in Philadelphia, the Conference hosts hundreds of professionals from around the United States and abroad, providing a forum for in-depth exploration of clinical practice, in addition to presentation of pertinent data and information in the eating disorders field. Workshops are presented by the top leaders in the field and extensive networking opportunities are available throughout the 3-day event. The unique spirit of the Conference creates a sense of community and respect, which allows professionals to talk honestly about what they do, say and feel when treating patients with eating disorders.

Click here to read the history of the Renfrew Conference from Conference Chair, Judi Goldstein.


Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan and In Diverse Populations
November 11 - 13, 2016
Philadelphia Airport Marriott

Click here to learn more about the 2016 Renfrew Conference.



Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Eating Disorders across the Lifespan and in Diverse Populations
November 11-13, 2016
Philadelphia Airport Marriott

The manifestations of eating disorders can appear at any point throughout the lifespan. When they occur during developmental transitions, one’s vulnerability is often increased. Age, size, ethnicity, race, genetics, ability, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation or identity, singly or in any combination, also may contribute to the risk of developing the illness.

Conference 2016 will examine these features as well as the influence of maladaptive attachment, the impact of trauma and the marginalization of self – all of which may keep clients stuck and unable to identify or access potential pathways towards healing and recovery. We will further explore, through a feminist relational lens, the way in which intersecting forms of oppression may affect the development and treatment of eating disorders.

Accepted Proposals will address topics such as the following:

  • Etiological and maintaining factors
  • Developmental stages and transitions, including research
  • Treatment implications for different age populations
  • Influence of marginalization, sustained trauma, family dynamics
  • Intersection of obesity management and eating disorder treatment
  • Medical and co-morbid conditions                                                         
  • Bullying
  • Gender diversity/gender fluidity
  • Transgender
  • Social Justice
  • Weight stigma and prevention
  • Self of the Therapist


Two-Hour and Three-Hour Presentations
Networking Receptions
Poster Presentations *

*Poster Presentations which document new research findings on eating disorders and approaches to treatment may include research studies (exploratory studies, single subject or group case studies, or randomized controlled studies), reviews of current research and/or discussions of theoretical issues in the field. The Poster Session will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12th and will feature the work of both senior and junior investigators. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. Questions regarding the poster format should be addressed to Debbie Lucker at

Please submit (A) Cover Letter, (B) Abstract, (C) Biographical Sketch, (D) Resume/CV and (E) Presentation Experience, as indicated below:
Only ONE proposal per person

A. Cover Letter: Attach a cover letter that includes the following:
1. TITLE of proposal presentation
2. TYPE of proposed presentation: Three-hour workshop, Two-hour workshop, Poster
3. PRESENTER(S): Maximum of two presenters
        i. Lead presenter: name, address, degree, phone number, fax number, and email address
        ii. Additional presenter: same information as lead presenter
4. FORMAT: Primarily didactic, interactive or experiential
5. CONTENT: Primarily theoretical, clinical/case examples or research/experimental
6. Suggested audience level for the presentation: (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, or All Levels).        

The Conference Committee encourages Advanced workshop proposals that are Interactive.

B. Abstract: Attach a description of the presentation that includes the following:
1. An extended abstract that describes major ideas, themes and aims of the presentation (150 words maximum)
2. A brief summary abstract for inclusion in the Conference brochure (50 words)                  
3. Three behaviorally measurable learning objectives that are achieved by the presentation
4. Description of handout(s) to be provided. A handout may be a bibliography, power point presentation, outline of presentation summary, additional resources, a case study, etc. 

C. Biographical Sketch: Attach a description of your professional experience in the following order: current title and affiliation; relevant publications; relevant organizations; private practice location and area of expertise (100 words maximum).

D. Resume/CV

E. Presentation Experience: Provide a list of professional presentations you have done within the past two years.

1. Presentations must relate to the Conference theme and meet stated learning objectives.
2. Handouts must be provided to attendees.
3. Whenever possible, integrate relevant clinical examples and case material.
4. Plan to be interactive with attendees; time must be allotted for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.
5. Do not plan to read your lecture or power point presentation.

SUBMIT a proposal by electronic mail, on two pages only, and within the body of the email. The SUBJECT line should read: 2016 Conference followed by the LAST name of the LEAD presenter. Attachments will NOT be accepted or opened.





The Renfrew Conference Committee

Judi Goldstein, MSS, LSW, is the Vice President of The Renfrew Center Foundation and has been Conference Chair since 1994. Ms. Goldstein has been with The Renfrew Center since it opened in 1985. She is a Founder of the National Eating Disorders Association.


Adrienne Ressler MA, LMSW, CEDS, is the Vice President, Professional Development, for The Renfrew Center Foundation and past president and Fellow of IAEDP has authored chapters on body/mind treatment in two textbooks and the Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. She is a featured body image expert on national television and in several documentaries.

Beth Hartman McGilley, PhD, FAED, is co-editor of The Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research - Practice Gap. She specializes in the treatment of eating and related disorders, body image, sports psychology, trauma, and grief. A Fellow of the AED, Dr. McGilley has practiced for 30 years, writing, lecturing, supervising, and directing.

Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS is a Founder and Advisor of NEDA, and 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.

Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED is the co-founder and medical director of The Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders. He is a faculty member at Case Medical School and teaches at University Hospitals of Cleveland and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a two-time recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and a winner of the Woodruff Award.