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.

Virtual 2 CE Seminar for CO, ND, NE, OK, TX, UT Professionals: The Complexity of Body Image in Eating Disorder Treatment - It’s More Than Meets the Eye!

February 12, 2021, 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM

The Complexity of Body Image in Eating Disorder Treatment:
It’s More Than Meets the Eye!

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

Friday, February 12, 2021 • 8:45 am - 11:00 am (CST)
(Includes introduction)

Note: This online seminar is open to professionals residing
in Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah only.

Held Online via Zoom

(A link will be emailed out prior to the event)

Attendees will need access to wi-fi, and a device with a camera, microphone and audio capabilities.

Offering 2 CE Credits/Contact Hours

The concept of body image is at once exceedingly complex and yet, conversely, consistently and repeatedly oversimplified in not only the popular culture, but also among medical and behavioral health professionals. An individual who focuses on body concerns and body perfection is not necessarily embodied, that is, actually experiencing living in the body and understanding how the body’s voice makes itself known through its signals and sensations.

For those who suffer from body image disturbance, the shadow cast by body loathing and feelings of disembodiment has far reaching effects on self-esteem, relationships, and even the shape, size, and function of the body itself. More than the picture in the mind’s eye, body image is formed as a process of the development of the body self. The integration of the body self as a container of the psychological self is the final stage for a cohesive sense of identity to form when the two merge. Identity, knowing who one is, arises from a feeling of contact with the body. Body image development is an integral part of the life cycle, shifting and adapting as we age and engage in life experiences. Along with traditional methods, body image change requires utilization of non-verbal and creative body-mind approaches to address gaps and distortions in body image development, attachment and identity issues, as well as disconnection from the body itself.

About the Presenter:

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS-S, F.iaedp, is Vice President, Professional Development, The Renfrew Center Foundation, and has served as senior staff since 1990. Adrienne 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, her 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 is Co-founder and former Co-Chairperson of the Somatic and Somatically Oriented Therapies Special Interest Group of the Academy of Eating Disorders. In 2016, Adrienne was selected as the inaugural recipient of Eating Disorder Hope’s Seal of Excellence awardfor her ‘’empowering work as a body image specialist”. 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. She 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.


The Renfrew Center Foundation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5852. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Renfrew Center Foundation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

The Renfrew Center Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Renfrew Center Foundation maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

Continuing Education Credits for registered dietitians are approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886357583-5527) for 2 continuing education contact hours.

CE credit/contact hour certificates will be sent via email within two weeks after the online seminar evaluation has been completed.

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