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Since 1985, The Renfrew Centers have been providing clinical excellence within a nurturing environment -  empowering women to change their lives.

The Renfrew Center Foundation Conference

The Renfrew Conference

The Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals has been recognized as one of the premier eating disorders conferences in the country since it first convened in 1991. Held every fall in Philadelphia, the Conference hosts hundreds of professionals from around the United States and abroad, providing a forum for in-depth exploration of clinical practice, in addition to presentation of pertinent data and information in the eating disorders field. Workshops are presented by the top leaders in the field and extensive networking opportunities are available throughout the 3-day event. The unique spirit of the Conference creates a sense of community and respect, which allows professionals to talk honestly about what they do, say and feel when treating patients with eating disorders.

Click here to read the history of the Renfrew Conference from Conference Chair, Judi Goldstein.

 To order audio recordings from The 27th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals, please click here. 

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.


 The Renfrew Conference Committee

Judi Goldstein, MSS, LSW, is Vice President of The Renfrew Center Foundation and has been responsible for the development of the Conference since 1994. She has been with The Renfrew Center for more than 30 years, since it opened in 1985. Ms. Goldstein is a Founder of The National Eating Disorders Association and recipient of NEDA’s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp, is the Vice President, Professional Development, for The Renfrew Center Foundation and past President and Fellow of iaedp has authored chapters on body/mind treatment in two textbooks and the Encyclopedia of Body Image and Human Appearance. She is a featured body image expert on national television and in several documentaries.

Gayle E. Brooks, PhD, is Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for The Renfrew Center. Dr. Brooks leads the Renfrew Clinical Excellence Board and the Clinical Training Department. She has clinical oversight responsibility for Renfrew’s residential facility in Florida and for the non-residential sites in CA, FL, GA, NC, TN, and TX.


Melanie Smith, LMHC, is the Director of Training for The Renfrew Center. As a member of the corporate Clinical Training Department, she is responsible for developing and implementing clinical training and programming that is consistent with emerging research and evidence-based practice. Ms. Smith has presented workshops on topics related to eating disorders for professional conferences, insurance companies, community mental health agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, high schools, colleges and universities.

Dee Ross Franklin, MA, is Training, Program Development, and Implementation Coordinator, The Renfrew Centers. In addition, she facilitates multidisciplinary training of Renfrew clinical staff in the practice of evidence-based models. Ms. Franklin is a certified provider of the Unified Protocol (U.P.) and specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, and diversity issues. 

Beth Hartman McGilley, PhD, FAED, is Co-Editor of The Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research - Practice Gap. She specializes in the treatment of eating and related disorders, body image, sports psychology, trauma, and grief. A Fellow of the AED, Dr. McGilley has practiced for 30 years, writing, lecturing, supervising, and directing.

Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS, is a Founder and Advisor of NEDA, and Founding Fellow of AED. She is author or co-author of Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research - Practice Gap, Effective Clinical Practice in the Treatment of Eating Disorders, The Body Myth, Father Hunger, and Body Wars, a senior editor of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, and a recipient of The Lori Irving Award for Excellence in Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention. Dr. Maine lectures nationally and internationally on eating disorders, and maintains a private practice, Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group, in West Hartford, CT.

Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED, is the Co-Founder and Medical Director of The Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders. He is a faculty member at Case Medical School and teaches at University Hospitals of Cleveland and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Warren is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a two-time recipient of the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and a winner of the Woodruff Award.