The Renfrew Center Eating Disorder Treatment Facility


First in Eating Disorders

Since 1985, The Renfrew Centers have been providing clinical excellence within a nurturing environment  empowering adolescent girls and women to change their lives.

Professional Seminar: Birmingham, MI - 6 CE Credits

October 12, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 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

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Date: Friday, October 12, 2018

8:15 am - 9:00 am: Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 4:00 pm: Seminar & Lunch

LocationThe Townsend Hotel
100 Townsend Street • Birmingham, MI 48009

Cost: $95
Student Rate: $75*
Continental breakfast and networking luncheon included.

6 CE Credits
This course is approved by the Michigan Social Work Continuing
Education Collaborative-Approval #082918-01.

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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 served as senior staff for more than 28 years. She attended the University of Michigan for both her Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees and received a faculty appointment as a Lecturer in the School of Education. A body image specialist, Ms. Ressler’s trainings reflect her background in body-focused/somatic methods to treat eating disorders and body image. Fellow and past-President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp), she presently chairs iaedp’s Senior Advisory Council. Ms. Ressler is the Co-Founder and former Co-Chairperson of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies Special Interest Group of the Academy for Eating Disorders and an Advisory Board Member of the non-profit, Eating Disorder Recovery and Support in Petaluma, CA. In 2016, she was selected as the inaugural recipient of Eating Disorder Hope’s Seal of Excellence awardfor her “empowering work as a body image specialist” and in 2013 was granted the “Hope” award by South Florida’s Gratitude for Giving annual recognition breakfast. Author of chapters on the use of experiential therapies for eating disorders in three textbooks, Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders: The Heart of the Matter, Treatment of Eating of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap, and Embodiment & Eating Disorders: Theory, Research, Prevention and Treatment, her work has also been included in the first Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. Ms. Ressler is published in Social Work Today and Pulse, the journal of the International Spa Association. A frequent contributor to the popular media, she has appeared on the TODAY show and Good Morning America Sunday.

*Photocopy of Student ID must be sent to Students must be enrolled in a post-undergraduate program.

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.

For questions, please contact Melissa Falzarano at 1-877-367-3383 or