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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 Webinar Re-broadcast: Being Different Makes a Difference - Eating Disorders Among Diverse Populations

October 28, 2020

Being Different Makes a Difference:
Eating Disorders Among Diverse Populations

Presented by:
Paula Edwards-Gayfield, LCMHCS, LPCS, CEDS-S, Assistant Vice President, The Renfrew Center & Robia Smith-Herman, LCSW, Team Leader, The Renfrew Center of Radnor

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (EDT)  

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (EDT)    

The lack of information regarding diverse populations (i.e. age, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, gender identity, disability status) has overwhelmingly affected eating disorders education and treatment.

This webinar will identify symptoms of eating disorders using DSM-V criteria and assessment tools (i.e. comprehensive assessments, family dynamics, consultation with professionals). Current eating disorders research will be reviewed and discussed, and media and literature will be used to highlight symptom presentation within this population. Attendees will explore how to create inclusive environments for diverse populations and identify effective treatments. Biases within the professional community and their impact on recognition, diagnosis and treatment of diverse individuals with eating disorders will be discussed.

About the Presenters:

Paula Edwards-Gayfield, LCMHCS, LPC, CEDS-S, is the Assistant Vice President at The Renfrew Center, overseeing clinical and administrative operations at the Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles, CA; Orlando, FL; Paramus, NJ; and West Palm Beach, FL locations. A Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma and LPC Supervisor in North Carolina, she received her Master’s degree in Counseling from the UNC at Charlotte. Ms. Edwards-Gayfield has extensive experience working with adolescents, adults and families, with special interest in the treatment of eating disorders, women’s issues, relationship concern, mood and anxiety disorders, and life adjustments. A National Certified Counselor, she is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Oklahoma Counseling Association, Oklahoma Eating Disorder Association, and certified with the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). Ms. Edwards-Gayfield is a frequent presenter at local and national conferences, primarily discussing eating disorders and diversity.

Robia Smith-Herman, LCSW, is Team Leader and Student Supervisor at The Renfrew Center of Radnor, PA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Africana Studies, and her Master’s degree in Social Service with a Clinical Concentration from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. Specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma, Ms. Smith-Herman has been with Renfrew for five years. Previously, she served as the Lead Clinician at NorthEast Treatment Centers, a treatment facility for substance abuse and co-occurring diagnoses.

*Note: This is a re-broadcast and not a live presentation. Questions can be submitted during the webinar and will be responded to within 24-48 hours. 

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