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 adolescent girls and women to change their lives.

Professional Event: 4 CE Seminar in Baton Rouge, LA - The False Self: The Complexity of Body Image and Identity Issues in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

March 6, 2020, 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The False Self: The Complexity of Body Image and Identity Issues in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Presented by: Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp
Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation

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Friday, March 6, 2020

7:30 am - 8:15 am: Check-in & Continental Breakfast (included)
8:15 am - 12:30 pm: Seminar 

Location: Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel
7000 Bluebonnet Blvd. • Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Complimentary on-site parking

Cost: $45

Offering 4 CE Credits

Body image is perhaps the least understood and most complex of the core issues associated with eating disorder treatment. As an integral part of the life cycle, body image development shifts and adapts as we age and engage in life experiences. It is ironic that although our clients are focused on and obsessed with their bodies, they remain virtually disconnected from the experience of living in their bodies. 

This seminar will address the intricate interplay between brain, body and beliefs (why we believe what we believe). Repetition of messages and experiences become internalized and influence, not only self-perception and self-talk, but the body itself. Negative reinforcement often becomes imprinted in the client’s bodymind, feels “true” and serves as the client’s identity. 

Attendees will learn body-focused, bottom-up strategies designed to help clients reclaim their authentic self. Lecture, demonstration/experiential exercises and video clips will be utilized, and attendees will be provided with a resource packet.

About the Presenter:

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, is Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation and has been a senior staff member since 1990. Ms. Ressler attended the University of Michigan and served as faculty in the School of Education. A body image specialist, her trainings reflect her background in body-focused methods to treat eating disorders and body image. She is Co-Founder and former Co-Chair of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies SIG of the Academy of Eating Disorders. A Fellow and past President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals, she presently chairs iaedp’s Senior Advisory Board. In 2016, Ms. Ressler was selected as the inaugural recipient of Eating Disorder Hope’s Seal of Excellence award for her “empowering work as a body image specialist.” She is published in The International Journal of Fertility and Women’s MedicineSocial Work Today and Pulse, the journal of the International Spa Association. Author of chapters on the use of experiential and creative therapies for eating disorders in three textbooks, her work has also been included in the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. A frequent contributor to popular media, she has appeared on the TODAY show and Good Morning America Sunday.

For questions, please contact Kelly Krausz: • 1-877-367-3383

The Renfrew Center Foundation will administer a full refund for cancellations within three weeks of the seminar date. Cancellations less than three weeks of the seminar date will be issued a transferable credit toward a future seminar.

CE credits will be sent within 4-6 weeks after the seminar to the email address provided.