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 Airport Marriott

Featured Speaker

Patrick Kennedy
Founder, The Kennedy Forum; Co-Founder, One Mind; Author, A Common Struggle

Keynote Presenters
Roxane Gay
Janet Treasure, OBE, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych & Adele Lafrance Robinson, PhD
Beth Hartman McGilley, PhD, FAED

Rachel Calogero, PhD
Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH
Heather Thompson-Brenner, PhD


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 provided us with a growing body of evidence-based practices (EBPs). As a result, clinicians now face the daunting task of mastering new, cutting edge treatment approaches and integrating them into our well established and uniquely nuanced practices. In order to provide the quality of care our patients require and deserve, we must evolve along with the field.

Conference 2017 will examine the challenge of learning new skills at different points in the 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.

Accepted proposals should fall into one of four program tracks: Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs), Skill Development, Diversity, and Feminist-Relational and will address topics such as:

• Translating research into clinical practice
• The art of psychotherapy and counseling
• Increasing competency and integrating new knowledge
• Body oriented/Somatic practices
• Transdiagnostic treatments
• Supervision and consultation
• Intersectionality
• Research and practice with underserved populations
• Effects of oppression and privilege on ED identification, clinical practices and recovery
• The role of attachment and connection
• Relational cultural theory skill development


• Keynotes
• 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. 11th 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 Kavita Patel 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 and 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, and All Levels).  

Beginner – Participants will be able to fully comprehend and/or appreciate. Presentations will discuss concepts that are considered basic skills/knowledge for those working in the field of eating disorders.

Intermediate – Appropriate for participants with an advanced graduate degree in behavioral/nutritional health since they may address concepts that require additional knowledge, workplace/internship experience or a special skill.

Advanced – Requires the knowledge of professionals with advanced degrees in behavioral/nutritional health and with both general and specialized work experience in the particular area/topic to be discussed.

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. A handout is mandatory.

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.


Presentations must relate to the Conference theme and meet stated learning objectives.

  1. Handouts must be provided to attendees.
  2. Whenever possible, integrate relevant clinical examples and case material.
  3. Plan to be interactive with attendees; time must be allotted for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.
  4. Do not plan to read your lecture.

SUBMIT a proposal by electronic mail, on two pages only, and within the body of the email. Resume/CV may be attached. The SUBJECT line should read: 2017 Conference followed by the LAST name of the LEAD presenter. Attachments will NOT be accepted or opened.


Conference Committee decisions will be made by MAY 8, 2017.

For more information, please contact Kavita Patel -

 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 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 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.

Dee Ross Franklin, MA is Training, Program Development, and Implementation Coordinator, The Renfrew Centers. In addition, she facilitates multidisciplinary training of Renfrew clinical staff in the practice of evidence-based models. Ms. Franklin is a certified provider of the Unified Protocol (U.P.) and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and diversity issues. 

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.