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 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

Call for Workshop and Poster Proposals

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.

Other topics to be addressed:

  • Debunking myths about eating disorders, health and wellness
  • Media literacy
  • The effects of trauma and abuse on the brain
  • Therapies that integrate change and acceptance skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Special populations and lifespan issues
  • Countertransference and boundaries
  • Living and recovery in a cyber-age
  • Social justice and marginalization

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

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

Click here for a full description of the Call for Proposals guidelines.

Deadline for Submission • Friday, March 1, 2019

Deadline for Submission • Friday, June 28, 2019

For more information, please contact Kavita Patel at