The 29th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals


Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Discerning Truth
NOVEMBER 8 – 10, 2019
Philadelphia Airport Marriott
18 CEs/CMEs Offered

Please see below for more information. To register, please visit or contact Kelly Krausz at 1-877-367-3383 or

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.

Keynote Presentations:
Open Heart, Open Mind
Lisa Ling, award-winning journalist, Executive Producer and host of This is Life on CNN

Discerning Truth: Tackling Biases and Blind Spots in Eating Disorder Science and Research
Research Panel: Kelly L. Klump, PhD (moderator);
Carolyn Black Becker, PhD, ABPP & NiCole Therese Buchanan, PhD

Polarization in Civic and Intimate Life: How Therapists Can Help
William J. Doherty, PhD

Doing Better: Rejecting Antiquated Conceptualizations of Mind-Body-Weight
Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED

Featured Workshops:

Atypical Anorexia in Higher Weight Clients: Stigma, Intersectionality and Advocacy
Kara Anne Emery, PsyD, CEDS & Jessica Wilson, MS, RD
This interactive workshop is designed to improve clinician skills in the assessment and treatment of higher weight clients with atypical anorexia. It highlights barriers to treatment, including shame, stigma, and provider bias, and describes how an exploration of intersectionality, body politics, and patient advocacy can improve patient outcomes.

DBT and Radically Open DBT for Eating Disorder Dietitians
Stefanie Boone, MS, RD, CEDRD
This workshop is designed to teach EDRDs how to integrate core skills from DBT and RO-DBT into nutrition therapy, to increase empathy, strengthen the therapeutic relationship, and facilitate nutritional healing.

The Missing Link…Binge Eating Disorder and Insulin Resistance
Carolyn Hodges Chaffee, MS, RDN, CEDRD & Amy Enright, RD
This presentation examines the incidence of IR in individuals with BED, including those in higher weight bodies. Case studies will illustrate the medical and nutritional management of individuals with BED and IR.

That’s Fake News! Or is it? Media Literacy in the Cyber-age
Alexandra Raymond, RD, LD; Millie Plotkin, MLS  & Carrie Arnold, MPH
This presentation describes the different types of online information and resources, including social media, and examines how these resources affect patient understanding of recovery and nutrition. It also discusses techniques clinicians can use to evaluate online materials and process misleading information with patients in the office.

Nutrition for Therapists: Disseminating the Truth and Dispelling Myths
Flavia Herzog Liebel, MA, RD, LDN
This workshop offers basic nutrition information every therapist can use to discuss nutrition with clients in a knowledgeable and informed manner, while avoiding disseminating inaccurate or “FAKE” information. It also provides suggestions on how to gently persuade a resistant client to work with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Girl, Wash Your Facebook Feed
Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, EP-C & Melissa Toler, PharmD
This ACT-informed interactive workshop explores how to help patients discern harmful communications disguised as empowerment, clean social media feeds, set better boundaries to enhance the recovery process, and use psychological flexibility to deal with online oppression.

Networking Breakfast For Nutrition Therapists
Hosted by: Becky Mehr, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, LDN & Lindsay Friedman, RD, LDN
Please join us to meet and network with dietitians who are working in treatment centers, outpatient groups or solo practices. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the specific challenges of their work and learn from the experience of others.

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