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.

NOW ACCEPTING POSTER PROPOSALS for The 29th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals

November 8-10, 2019 • Philadelphia Airport Marriott 

Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Discerning Truth

As we continue to address the challenges we face as a professional community, we recognize the importance of discerning truth in our current climate of “fake news”, unsubstantiated claims and slanted rhetoric. These forces have contributed to rising levels of distrust and vulnerability among our clients with eating disorders. Conference 2019 will examine the ways in which we, as clinicians, can help clients develop skills to enhance critical thinking, emotional regulation and relational connection. At the same time, it is incumbent upon us to explore our own biases and capacity for taking others’ perspectives, utilizing empirically-based, justice informed science and research.

Discerning Truth will focus on cognitive and psychological flexibility, neuroscience and the developing brain, compassion, and the healing qualities of the therapeutic relationship.


Deadline for Submission • Friday, June 28, 2019

Poster presentations allow presenters to share new research findings on eating disorders and approaches to treatment. Posters that describe quantitative or qualitative research studies are welcome. Posters describing systematic literature reviews are also invited, as long as the review is strongly data/evidence based. If accepted, authors will present their findings visually on a poster board and are expected to answer attendee questions during the Poster Session on Saturday evening (11/9). The poster session will feature the work of both senior and junior investigators. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals!

We are excited to announce that the second annual David H. Barlow Poster Award for Research Excellence will be presented to the early career professional with the most outstanding poster submission to The 2019 Renfrew Center Foundation Conference. This award will be given to a graduate student or a professional within 3 years of receiving their degree whose conference poster describes work that will have the strongest impact on understanding, treating, and/or preventing eating disorders.

Click here to submit a poster proposal. 

For more information, please contact Kavita Patel at

The deadline for program proposals has passed.