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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 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 available audio recordings from The 28th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals, please click here.

 


Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Discerning Truth

November 8-10, 2019 • Philadelphia Airport Marriott 

As we continue to address the challenges we face as a professional community, we recognize the importance of discerning truth in our current climate of “fake news”, unsubstantiated claims and slanted rhetoric. These forces have contributed to rising levels of distrust and vulnerability among our clients with eating disorders. Conference 2019 will examine the ways in which we, as clinicians, can help clients develop skills to enhance critical thinking, emotional regulation and relational connection. At the same time, it is incumbent upon us to explore our own biases and capacity for taking others’ perspectives, utilizing empirically-based, justice informed science and research. 

Discerning Truth will focus on cognitive and psychological flexibility, neuroscience and the developing brain, compassion, and the healing qualities of the therapeutic relationship.

 

Lisa Ling • Open Heart, Open Mind 
Award-winning journalist, Executive Producer and Host of This is Life with Lisa Ling on CNN

In today’s culture of “fake news,” important issues often emerge with little regard for truth, transparency, fairness, or the importance of a global perspective. Lisa Ling, journalist extraordinaire, has a mission—she is dedicated to shedding light on the stories that impact the world in which we live. In her presentation, Lisa shares a collection of stories that have profoundly affected her outlook on life over her 20-year career in media. She will inspire us to think about how to help our clients with the abundance of misinformation and biased rhetoric. This Keynote includes her personal journey, lessons learned, the challenges of “screen time,” and ones’ ability to manage and discern truth.


There is an assumption that science is neutral and the absolute truth. This perpetuates the false narratives about the neutrality of our science, the utility of our findings to all people, the absence of bias in our methods, and our interpretation of results. This panel will discuss new research that challenges long-held assumptions in the eating disorders field and the implications of this important work.


We live in the most polarized time since the 1850’s, tearing at the fabric of civil life and disrupting the intimate sphere of friendships, marriage and family relationships. We can’t even agree on what is true, let alone what to do about it. The result is ramped up anxiety that affects therapists, clients, and whole communities. This Keynote Presentation addresses how to deal with our own “political stress” and our own “inner polarizer,” highlighting how therapists can help clients understand the ways in which the larger world is affecting them, and how to be agents of depolarization while still being true to their own values and beliefs.


Historically, individuals with eating disorders have received suboptimal medical care due to a siloing of body and soul, weight stigma, and a lack of awareness about physiologic responses to eating disorders. Physical symptoms that arise from inadequate fueling or purging continue to be missed, ignored or incorrectly attributed. In this Keynote Presentation, Dr. Gaudiani considers some of the complicated medical problems common to patients with eating disorders, while insisting on a weight-inclusive approach and centering diverse patients. Ideally, practitioners will reject old constructs of mind-body separation and equation of thinness with health, and turn to a more social-justice, feminist-centered perspective that allows for improved care.



Poster presentations allow presenters to share new research findings on eating disorders and approaches to treatment. Posters that describe quantitative or qualitative research studies are welcome. Posters describing systematic literature reviews are also invited, as long as the review is strongly data/evidence based. If accepted, authors will present their findings visually on a poster board and are expected to answer attendee questions during the Poster Session on Saturday evening (11/9). The poster session will feature the work of both senior and junior investigators. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals!

We are excited to announce that the second annual David H. Barlow Poster Award for Research Excellence will be presented to the early career professional with the most outstanding poster submission to The 2019 Renfrew Center Foundation Conference. This award will be given to a graduate student or a professional within 3 years of receiving their degree whose conference poster describes work that will have the strongest impact on understanding, treating, and/or preventing eating disorders.

REQUIRED COMPONENTS OF POSTER

The following information MUST be uploaded as part of your submission in order for your application to be processed:

-Title
-Abstract (300 words max)
-Handout Description (50 words max)
-Presentation Outline – Objective, methods, results and discussion
-Presenter Information (CVs, bio, etc.)

CLICK HERE for Poster Application

Poster Proposals must be submitted by June 28, 2019 by 11:59 pm EDT. 
No submissions will be accepted after this deadline.

For more information, please contact Kavita Patel at kpatel@renfrewcenter.com.

The deadline for program proposals has passed.


The Renfrew Center Foundation, established in 1990, is dedicated to the elimination of eating disorders through education, prevention, research, advocacy, and treatment. The Foundation values the professional development of future leaders in the field and recognizes the long-lasting benefits of Conference attendance for both educational and networking opportunities.

In keeping with this mission, The Renfrew Center Foundation is pleased to offerscholarships for the 2019 Renfrew Center Foundation Conference which include a complimentary full Conference registration.

ELIGIBILITY

Scholarship applicant:

  • Is a credentialed researcher, clinician or advocate who has five years or less experience working within the eating disorder field.
  • Can demonstrate commitment to education, prevention, research, advocacy and/or treatment of eating disorders.

OR

  • Is a first time attendee to The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference.
  • Can demonstrate commitment to education, prevention, research, advocacy and/or treatment of eating disorders.
  • Is a credentialed researcher, clinician or advocate who has experience working within the eating disorder field.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Submit the following items:

  • Online application form (will be available June 4, 2019)
  • An updated resume/CV
  • Short essay (500 words max) that describes the following:
    • Your experience thus far in the eating disorder field or your interest in the field.
    • How you will use the Conference experience to enhance your development as a professional in the field.
    • How do you see yourself contributing to the field?

AWARD NOTIFICATION

Applications must be submitted between June 4, 2019 - June 30, 2019.  All applicants will be notified August 1st through August 12th. Applicants not selected for the scholarship can receive the Conference early rate if registered by September 13, 2019. For questions, please contact Kelly Krausz, Foundation Coordinator, at 1-877-367-3383 or kkrausz@renfrewcenter.com.



The Renfrew Conference Committee

Judi Goldstein, MSS, LSW, is Vice President of The Renfrew Center Foundation and has been responsible for the development of the Conference since 1994. She has been with The Renfrew Center for more than 30 years, since it opened in 1985. Ms. Goldstein is a Founder of The National Eating Disorders Association and recipient of NEDA’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, 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 E. Brooks, PhD, CEDS, 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, IL, NC, and TN.

 

Melanie Smith, LMHC, CEDS, is the Director of Training for The Renfrew Center. As a member of the corporate Clinical Training Department, she is responsible for developing and implementing clinical training and programming that is consistent with emerging research and evidence-based practice. Ms. Smith has presented workshops on topics related to eating disorders for professional conferences, insurance companies, community mental health agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, high schools, colleges and universities.

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 member of The Renfrew Center’s Clinical Advisory Board and The Renfrew Center Foundation’s Conference Committee. She is a clinical psychologist who has specialized in eating disorders and related issues for more than 35 years. A Founder and Adviser of the National Eating Disorders Association and Founding Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, she is the 2007 recipient of The Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention and a 2016 Honoree of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED, is Chief Medical Officer of The Emily Program, and Faculty at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. A two-time recipient of NAMI’s Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, a winner of the Woodruff Award, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Warren presents nationally and internationally. He is a member of The Renfrew Center Foundation’s Conference Committee.