Conference Schedule

THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 10, 2016


8:00-9:00 New Attendee Orientation
First time attendees! You are invited to a special evening orientation reception. Please join us for an opportunity to meet key Renfrew staff, learn the “ins and outs” of navigating the conference and network with other first time attendees. Light refreshments will be served.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016


6:45-7:30 Morning Exercise: FUNky Fit
Nettie Reeves, CPT, CHC
Created by Charlotte’s Queen of Fitness, Nettie Reeves’ FUNky Fit will have you grooving and smiling as your body moves to the rhythms and beats from pop to R&B. Appropriate for all levels, all body types and all states of mind. “The mind, not the mirror, is the judge.”

7:45 – 8:45 GENERAL REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:00-12:00 FRIDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

12:00-1:00 LUNCH

1:15-1:30 WELCOME
Judi Goldstein, MSS, LSW
Conference Chair

1:30-3:00 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION
From Competition to Care: The Evolution of a Feminist

Anne-Marie Slaughter, DPhil, JD
The spirit and momentum of the feminist movement has drastically changed the culture of the American workplace; but, paradoxically, as women’s ambition for success in the workplace has increased, their traditional role as caregivers has been devalued. In Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family Anne-Marie Slaughter explains why businesses and families must recognize “care” as an integral part of life. In sharing her personal story Dr. Slaughter inspires us to embrace a large cultural shift – building an infrastructure of care that empowers both men and women. Offering practical solutions and a broad outline for change, she presents a future in which all of us can finally have fulfilling careers together with the rewards of family life.

3:00-3:30 BREAK

3:30-6:30 FRIDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

6:30-9:30 EVENING GATHERING
Relax and unwind at our 26th annual evening gathering. This networking reception will include a buffet dinner, cash bar and DJ. Join us for a great dance party!


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2016


7:30-8:15 NETWORKING BREAKFAST FOR NUTRITION THERAPISTS
Hosted by: Jodi Krumholz, RD, LDN & Trish Lieberman, MS, RDN, 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.

7:30-8:15 MEN’S NETWORKING BREAKFAST
Hosted by: Samuel E. Menaged, JD & Steven Wiley Emmett, PhD

The men’s breakfast is committed to renewing and nurturing our sense of camaraderie, examining our long-held beliefs and ingrained attitudes, and sharing our myriad experiences as feminist-oriented male clinicians.

7:30-8:15 BREAKFAST HONORING DIVERSE POPULATIONS
Hosted by: Gayle E. Brooks, PhD and Paula Edwards-Gayfield, MA, LPCS, CEDS, NCC

Please join our annual networking breakfast celebrating diversity. This is an opportunity for practitioners to discuss ethnicity and eating disorders, including personal experiences treating ethnic minorities. Topics will focus on improving access to care, treatment considerations and outreach.

7:30-8:15 GENERAL REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30-10:00 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Wired for Healing: Dyadic Repair of Attachment Trauma
Diana Fosha, PhD

Until recently, the mental health field focused primarily on pathology and lacked concepts to capture clients’ motivational strivings for health. Drawing upon neuroscience and developmental research, Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) offers a new approach to transform emotional suffering. This keynote presentation describes the basic assumptions and working principles of AEDP which build on our innate capacities for restoration, self-righting and resuming impeded growth – for transformance. Using specific interventions for working with unresolved trauma and emphasizing the experience of the patient-therapist attachment, Dr. Fosha will explain how AEDP fosters patients’ being able to feel safe, deeply recognized and understood.

10:00-10:30 BREAK

10:30-12:30 SATURDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

12:30-1:45 LUNCH

2:00-3:30 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Shining the Light on Marginalized Populations: A Discussion on Race and Gender
Gayle E. Brooks, PhD & Rachel Levine, MD
Eating disorders are not just white, middle-class, heterosexual, cisgender and able-bodied, young girls’ illnesses. This keynote presentation explores personal, political and clinical issues of race and gender in eating disorder treatment. Dr. Levine shares personal reflections of her experience as a transgender woman, discusses differences between gender roles, sexual orientation and gender identity, and describes her clinical work with eating disorders and gender dysphoria. Dr. Brooks presents the growing body of research suggesting African Americans are not immune to eating disorders, including specific risk and protective factors, the impact of oppression and assimilation stress on identity development, and culturally relevant treatment implications.

3:30-4:00 BREAK

4:00-6:00 SATURDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

6:00-7:00 POSTER PRESENTATIONS & NETWORKING RECEPTION
Please join us as poster presenters display their work on topics relevant to the theory, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Attendees are encouraged to enter into dialogue with presenters. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. A cash bar will offer wine, cocktails and soft drinks.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2016


6:45-7:30 Morning Exercise: Safe Space Yoga
Maria Sorbara Mora, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD, RYT
Bring your body and your curiosity and experience yoga from the inside out. Join Maria for a therapeutic yoga class that allows for an exploration of your body with eyes closed and awareness opened!

7:30-8:15 NETWORKING BREAKFAST FOR CELEBRATING SEXUAL & GENDER DIVERSITY
Hosted by: Cindy Gretzula, RN & Ryan Sallans, MA

Please join us for the first breakfast focused on the LGBTQ community at The Renfrew Conference! Together with food, networking and conversation, this is an interactive opportunity for practitioners to discuss issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity and eating disorders and providing services to this community. All are welcome!

7:30-8:15 GENERAL REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30-10:30 SUNDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

10:30-11:00 BREAK

11:00-11:15 Closing Remarks from The Renfrew Center Foundation President Samuel E. Menaged, JD
Founder and President of The Renfrew Center Foundation and The Renfrew Centers

11:15-12:45 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Cultivating Resilience and Confidence: Helping Adolescent Girls Thrive
Rachel Simmons, A.B.
At a moment when both successes and struggles for adolescent girls seem to be on the rise, strategies for cultivating resilience and confidence have never been more in demand. What are the core character strengths and skills girls need to thrive? How has the culture changed for girls in the last twenty years and how do these changes affect important gender and diversity differences in adolescence? In this presentation, participants will learn the key “ingredients” for girls’ resilience, including concrete strategies to support girls which can be integrated into clinical practice.

12:45-1:00 CLOSING RITUAL: How Feminism and our Role Models Have Shaped The Renfrew Conference & the Field of
Eating Disorders

A Tribute to the Substance and Diversity of Our Feminist Role Models
Michael Levine, PhD
For over 20 years Dr. Levine has found the Renfrew Conference to be a source of sacred moments through new and renewed connections with individuals who are now among his treasured feminist role models. His own experiences will serve as a framework for inviting participants to contemplate the contributions of their own role models— both to their personal uniqueness as well as to the expanding communities within the eating disorders field.

1:30-4:00 LUNCH & TOUR OF THE RENFREW CENTER
Come learn more about the role you play in your clients’ treatment at The Renfrew Center by being our guest for lunch and receiving a tour of our facility.

Round-trip transportation will be provided from the Conference to The Renfrew Center leaving promptly at 1:30 PM, returning at approximately 4:00 PM. Please make airline reservations with this tour in mind, allowing for your arrival at the airport 1 ½ hours prior to your flight departure time. The Marriott provides accommodations for your luggage.