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.
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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 explore the challenge of learning and integrating new knowledge and skills into clinical practice at different stages in the professional "lifespan". The importance of supervision, clinical wisdom, intuition, and creativity will be examined and woven into all aspects of the program. Evidence-based treatment approaches and the role of research will be given special emphasis.
Among the Featured Topics: Transdiagnostic Treatment; Diverse and Underserved Populations; Body-Oriented Practice; Relational/Cultural Theory Skill Development; Intersectionality; Nutrition Therapy; Interpersonal Neurobiology Families; Emotional Tolerance; Body Shaming and Stigma.
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, 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.