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.

The Renfrew Center Foundation 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.

 To order audio recordings from The 26th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals, please click here. 


The 27th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals

Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: 
Integrating Science, Creativity and Clinical Wisdom

November 10 - 12, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

Being a highly effective eating disorder therapist is a process, not a destination. As our patient population has become increasingly more complex and diverse, research has continued to add to the growing body of evidence-based practices (EBPs). Clinicians face the daunting task of mastering the new, cutting edge treatment approaches and integrating them into our well-established and uniquely nuanced practices. Conference 2017 will examine the challenge of learning new skills at different points in one’s professional “lifespan”. These can include the incorporation of innovative therapeutic approaches and evidence-based practices, the integration of clinical intuition, creativity and wisdom, as well as the critical role of supervision.

A Call for Proposals will be announced in early 2017.

For more information, please contact Kelly Krausz at 1-877-367-3383 or

 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.

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.


Melanie Smith, LMHC, is the Training Manager at The Renfrew Center of Florida.  A member of the corporate Clinical Training Department responsible for developing and implementing clinical training across the Renfrew system, Melanie has presented workshops on topics related to eating disorders for community mental health agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, high schools, colleges and universities, insurance companies and professional conferences.

Dee Ross Franklin, MA, is the Manager/Team Leader at the Renfrew Center of Florida, providing clinical leadership and management for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). She has been with Renfrew since 2009. 


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.