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 women to change their lives.

NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS for The 28th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference

The 28th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals

Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond:
Cultivating Hope in an Age of Disconnection

November 9th-11th, 2018
Philadelphia Airport Marriott

Deadline for Submission: March 2, 2018 

Many eating disorder clients are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety in a polarized society where anger, prejudice, loss of civility, bullying, and threats to personal safety create an atmosphere of distrust and disconnection. Practitioners are tasked with helping clients navigate their way through emotionally-charged times by providing optimism, prompting dialogue that supports diverse needs, and creating a sense of community. Managing our own concerns and reactions is a great challenge for clinicians today.

Conference 2018 will focus on evidence-based strategies, clinically relevant research and development of skills for building resilience including emotional tolerance, self-care, interpersonal connection, radical empathy, and selective disengagement.

Additional topics to be addressed include:
Treatment Interventions, Social Justice, Diverse Populations, Substance Use, Trauma, and Ethics.

Accepted proposals should focus on one of the Conference’s four core program tracks:

• Feminist Relational
• Evidence-Based Practices
• Diversity
• Skill Development

Conference Format

• Keynotes
• Workshops: Workshops should offer practical skills for clinicians and/or an examination of theoretical concepts in a particular subject area. Workshops will be 2 or 3 hours in duration.
• Networking Receptions
• Poster Presentations: Poster presentations allow presenters to share new research findings on eating disorders and approaches to treatment. This may include research studies (exploratory studies, single subject or group case studies, or randomized controlled studies), reviews of current research and/or discussions of theoretical issues in the field visually on poster board. If accepted, authors are expected to present their findings and answer attendee questions during the Poster Session on Saturday. Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals.

Required Components of Proposal

The following information must be uploaded as part of your submission: 

• Title
• Abstract
• Brochure Description
• 3 Learning Objectives
• Presentation Outline
• Presenter Information (CVs, bio, etc.)
• Workshop References
• Workshop Timeline 

Presentation Guidelines

1. Presentations must relate to the Conference theme and meet stated learning objectives.
2. Handouts MUST be provided to attendees. This could include PowerPoint slides, bibliography and/or resources. All accepted presenters must submit handouts by October 12, 2018.
3. Whenever possible, integrate relevant clinical examples and case material.
4. Plan to be interactive with attendees; time must be allotted for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.
5. Do not plan to read your presentation.

Proposal Notification

Proposals must be submitted by March 2, 2018 by 11:59pm EST. No submissions will be accepted after this deadline. Only one proposal per person will be accepted. 

If you have any questions please contact Kavita Patel at

All accepted presenters will be required to complete a disclosure form.