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 Southern NJ Professionals: Focusing on Emotions - A Transdiagnostic Approach to Treating Complex Eating Disorders

August 7, 2020, 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Focusing on Emotions: A Transdiagnostic Approach
to Treating Complex Eating Disorders

Presented by: Rebecca Berman, LCSW-C, CEDS-S, MLSP
Clinical Training Specialist for The Renfrew Center 

Friday, August 7, 2020 • 8:45 am - 11:00 am (EDT)
(Includes introduction)

Note: Space is limited. This online seminar is open
to professionals in the Southern New Jersey area 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

This 2 CE presentation examines the psychological complexity of eating disorders and explores the benefits of a cutting edge, evidence-based trans-diagnostic treatment which focuses on emotional awareness and exposure. There is now growing evidence that emotional avoidance is a maintaining factor for eating disorders as well as co-morbid conditions such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma response. Treatment which specifically focuses on targeting emotional avoidance, while developing emotional awareness, tolerance and acceptance, can provide an integrated, unified approach to resolve the myriad of symptoms which are often associated with the complex eating disorder client. 

This workshop will apply concepts from David Barlow’s Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders to the treatment of complex eating disorder patients. Lecture, small group activities and experiential exposure demonstrations will be utilized.

About the Presenter:

Rebecca Berman, LCSW-C, CEDS-S, MLSP, is a Clinical Training Specialist for The Renfrew Center. She specializes in treating eating disorders, self-injurious behavior and trauma. Ms. Berman has presented nationally on the transdiagnostic treatment of eating disorders and the treatment of trauma and eating disorders. She has hosted several webinars on a variety of eating disorder related topics including recovery, self-harm, substance use, and trauma, and has also lobbied on Capitol Hill on mental health parity. Maintaining a private practice in Arlington, VA, she is a member of the Eating Disorders Coalition, the Academy of Eating Disorders, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, and the National Association of Social Workers.


Participants will be able to:

• Describe at least two factors that contribute to difficulties in treating complex eating disorders.

• Identify three benefits of using a transdiagnostic approach to treat eating disorders.

• Describe three components of an emotional tolerance.


8:45 am - 9:00 am: Introduction

9:00 am – 9:30 am: Context of the Problem: Patient Complexity, Complexity of Treatment Modalities, Research-Practice Gap

9:30 am – 10:00 am: Solution to the Problem: Transdiagnostic Model & the Unified Protocol

10:00 am – 11:00 am: Building Emotional Tolerance through Emotional Exposure, Video demonstration and experiential methods


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.

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.

Focusing on Emotions: A Transdiagnostic Approach to Treating Complex Eating Disorders, Course #3188, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by The Renfrew Center Foundation as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 07/30/2020 - 07/30/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 Clinical continuing education credits.

Continuing Education Credits for registered dietitians are offered pending approval by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

New Jersey Social Workers: an application has been submitted for consideration. Please contact Kelly Krausz at 1-877-367-3383 for more information on the NJ Course Approval.

Participants must attend the training, in full, and complete an evaluation to earn CE credit.

CE credits will be sent via email within two weeks after the online seminar evaluation has been completed.

Participants will be able to interact in the training by using the chat function and participating in live Q&A.

To request ADA accommodations please contact Kelly Krausz at

This course content is intermediate level.

For questions, please contact Kelly Krausz at