Workshop Summary

Friday Morning Workshops, November 11 ( 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM )


FR1 – Utilizing Sensitivity in the Treatment of LGBTQ Individuals with Eating Disorders
Brandi E. Baumkirchner, PsyD
Understanding the needs of marginalized populations, including members of the LGBTQ community, is key to adequately serving all types of eating disorder patients. This workshop provides foundational knowledge about the LGBTQ community, and examines the interplay between intersecting cultural identities, issues of privilege and oppression, and eating disorders treatment.

Didactic/Interactive • All Levels


FR2 – More than a Pretty Girl: Applying Objectification Theory and Research to the Understanding (and Undoing) of Body Image Disturbance and Disordered Eating Across the Lifespan
Rachel M. Calogero, PhD
Objectification theory offers a unique model for understanding women’s body image dissatisfaction and disordered eating across the lifespan. Empirical evidence for specific features of the model are reviewed, followed by case examples that demonstrate how feminist identification and activism can serve as antidotes to sexual and self-objectification.

Didactic/Interactive • All Levels


FR3 –  Beginning with Ourselves: Conversations About Race and Ethnicity in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Sarah Chipps, PsyD & Marissa Sappho, LCSW, BCD, CEDS
Efforts in the eating disorder community to educate clinicians about best practices for minority patients have been insufficient. This workshop addresses the challenging question of how to enhance awareness, understanding and effective intervention during the treatment of racial and ethnic minorities. Particular emphasis is placed upon recognizing clinical blind spots.

Didactic/Interactive/Experiential • All Levels


FR4 – Healing Hungry Hearts: Psycho-Spiritual Factors of Emotional Eating
Linda Ciotola, MEd, CHES, TEP, CETIII
This experiential workshop draws upon the developmental theory of JL Moreno, and methods from psychodrama, group psychotherapy and sociometry, to illustrate the disguised connections between physical, emotional and spiritual cravings and disordered eating. Specific therapeutic techniques such as soliloquy, doubling, mirroring and role reversal are illustrated.

Experiential/Didactic • Advanced


FR5 – Breaking the Links of Experiential Avoidance and Psychological Rigidity: Using ACT and Radically Open DBT to Address Treatment – Resistance Maintenance Factors
Danielle Doucette, PsyD & Chelsea Bath, LPC
In order to facilitate a more complete recovery, eating disorder clinicians need to address experiential avoidance, rigidity and traits such as perfectionism and emotional constriction. This workshop illustrates how the treatment techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy help to resolve these treatment resistance characteristics.

Didactic/Interactive/Experiential • All Levels


FR6 – The Barbara M. Greenspan Memorial Lecture: Preventing Eating Disorders: Looking Backward, Moving Forward; Looking Inward, Moving Outward
Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, PhD, MPH, RD
This workshop reviews eating disorders prevention, first looking back at work done with schools and families, and then looking forward to needs for the future. Next, it looks inward to consider a role for yoga, and finally, outward to explore the need for changes at the societal level.

Didactic/Interactive • All Levels


Friday, 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.


Friday Afternoon Workshops, November 11 ( 3:30PM – 6:30 PM )


FR7 – Finding Self Again: The Dismantling of Eating Disorder and Trauma Identity
Michael E. Berrett, PhD

The impact of trauma and a developing eating disorder diminishes the “genuine self” and leads to attachments and identities nurtured in adversity, illness and suffering. This workshop emphasizes themes, principles and practical interventions to help clients rediscover and deepen connections with self, spirituality, supportive loved ones, and life itself.

Didactic/Interactive/Experiential • All Levels


FR8 – Eating Disorders: What’s Feminism Got to Do With It?
Andrea LaMarre, MSc & Carmen Cool, BM, MA, LPC

A social justice perspective on eating disorders informed by intersectional feminism helps to better support diversely embodied people who are struggling or in recovery. This workshop provides strategies to engage in productive discussion about blending social justice and feminism to reduce eating disorders stigma and advocate for systems level change.

Interactive • Intermediate/Advanced


FR9 – Where is the Hope When You’re Ashamed to Exist?
Nikki Rollo, PhD, LMFT & Norman H. Kim, PhD

Shame of existence often lies at the core of eating disorders and women of color, men and those in the LGBTQ community grapple with additional stigma and marginalization. This presentation uses Jungian concepts and Compassion-Focused Therapy to discuss the treatment of identity and self-worth issues, with an emphasis on increasing self-compassion.

Didactic/Interactive/Experiential • Intermediate/Advanced


FR10 – Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Adolescents: Applications for Eating Disorders
Jody M. Russon, PhD & Annie Shearer, BA

Attachment-Based Family Therapy is an empirically supported treatment targeting adolescents with depression, suicidal conflict and trauma. This presentation explores how ABFT can be modified for eating disorders. Its purpose is to teach the clinical tenants of ABFT, and illustrate how ABFT can be adapted for the treatment of eating disorders.

Interactive • Advanced


FR11 – Recovery, Wellness and the Brain
Craig Strickland, PhD & Winden S. Rowe, MS

This workshop presents current neuroscience research as it relates to traumatic exposure, including suggestions for practical applications in clinical work. In addition, non-pharmaceutical interventions to counteract the negative effects of traumatic exposure, such as mindfulness, yoga and general wellness techniques are described and explored.

Didactic/Interactive • Intermediate/Advanced


FR12 – Binge Eating Disorder: Current Paradigms in Treatment and the Advancement of a More Inclusive Eating Disorders Community
Chevese Turner, BA & Robyn Goldberg, RDN, CEDRD


The inclusion of Binge Eating Disorder in the DSM-5 was a long overdue step towards building an eating disorder community that embraces its intersections with all marginalized populations. This workshop addresses the many nuances of treating BED, including the role of the dietitian, and the impact of weight biases.

Didactic/Interactive • All Levels



Saturday, 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.


Saturday Morning Workshops, November 12 ( 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM )


SA1 – A Developmental Perspective on Binge Eating Disorder
Victoria Butterworth, PhD

Unresolved developmental trauma is a significant factor in Binge Eating Disorder. This workshop describes psychological damage that can occur in three different stages of childhood; the adult BED symptoms that follow when issues from these stages remain unresolved; and body-centered techniques for achieving developmental closure and symptom relief.

Didactic/Interactive • Advanced


SA2 – Undoing Aloneness: The Transformation of Emotional Suffering
Diana Fosha, PhD

Using recordings of actual therapy sessions, this workshop describes the essential techniques of Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy. Techniques will include dyadic affect regulation, healing-oriented emotion processing and metatherapeutic processing as well as an exploration of interventions that track and process the experience of core affect. AEDP techniques can consolidate therapeutic gains, foster resilience, expand relational capacity, and deepen receptive affective experiences of feeling seen, known, loved, and understood.

Didactic • All Levels


SA3 – Biopsychosocial Transitions Across the Lifespan: Critical Risk Factors for Eating Disorders
Margo Maine, PhD, FAED, CEDS & Theodore Weltzin, MD, FAED, CEDS, FAPA

Biopsychosocial transitions create new meanings and experiences of the body, and normal external stressors ignite a major reorganization of the sense of self, including personality, cognitive and emotional structures. This workshop explores the relationship between biopsychosocial transitions and eating disorders across the lifespan including commonalities and differences across gender.

Didactic • All Levels


SA4 – Matters of Life and Death: Eating Disorders and Suicide
Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS

Individuals with eating disorders are at high risk for suicide, yet most providers receive very little training in suicide assessment and intervention. This workshop offers an intensive training experience in suicidality among eating disorder patients, including the latest advances in best practice interventions.

Didactic/Interactive/Experiential • Intermediate/Advanced


SA5 – It Takes a Village: Providing Treatment, Coaching and Mentoring to African-American Women with Eating Disorders at Predominantly White Colleges
Charlynn Small, PhD, CEDS & Mazella B. Fuller, PhD, MSW, LCSW

This workshop describes an approach to working with eating disordered African-American women who are attending predominantly white colleges. The intervention utilizes integrative health coaching and mentoring, including techniques that enhance motivation, strength-based empowerment, self-efficacy and resiliency, to address the myriad of complex issues affecting this group.

Interactive • Advanced


SA6 – Emotion Exposures: Leaning-in to Food Avoidance
Heather Thompson-Brenner, PhD, FAED & Dee Ross Franklin, MA

Research suggests that weight restored eating disorder patients who continue to experience strong food avoidance are more likely to relapse. This workshop uses case material to explore and explain the use of deliberate food exposure as a therapeutic practice to help overcome food avoidance.

Didactic/Interactive • Advanced


Saturday, 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.


Saturday Afternoon Workshops, November 12 ( 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM )


SA7 – “I’m Not a Little Adult”: The Art of Matching Clinical Approach to Cognitive Development in Adolescents
Sara Gould, PhD

Diversity of cognitive maturation and ability among adolescents can complicate eating disorders treatment. This presentation reviews information on selected aspects of cognitive development during adolescence, and uses clinical examples to illustrate how matching intervention and developmental stage can maximize clinical effectiveness, including how and to what extent to include parents in the treatment process.

Interactive • Advanced


SA8 – Type 1 Diabetes and Eating Disorders: A Complex Dual Diagnosis
Susan Ice, MD & Trish Lieberman, MS, RD, LDN

Individuals with type 1 diabetes are 2.5 times more likely to develop an eating disorder. This workshop discusses identifying ED-DMT1, standards of care for treating ED-DMT1, physical and psychological sequelae of untreated and treated conditions, and therapeutic interventions tailored to support diabetes management and eating disorder recovery.

Didactic/Interactive • All Levels


SA9 – Exposure with Response Prevention: Treatment Implications Across the Lifespan to Target Body Dissatisfaction in the Later Phases of Recovery from an Eating Disorder
Brad Mac Neil, PhD

Frequently, body dissatisfaction maintains an eating disorder or contributes to relapse after treatment has been initiated. This interactive workshop offers a working knowledge of Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), a novel group therapy approach to the treatment of body dissatisfaction in the later stages of recovery from an eating disorder.

Interactive • Advanced


SA10 – Menstruation to Menopause: Hormones Throughout the Lifespan and Their Intersection with Eating Disorders
Maria Sorbara Mora, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD, RYT

Hormones are natural substances produced in the body that influence bodily growth or development. This presentation delineates the effects of hormonal changes during the onset of menses, pregnancy and menopause, and explores how eating disorders intersect with and alter these effects. Nutritional interventions for rebalancing bodily functions are described.

Didactic • All Levels


SA11 – Eating Disorders: Who Dies?
Mark Warren, MD, MPH, FAED & Mary Tantillo, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAED

It is crucial to understand why people die from eating disorders and the role of diversity. From a relational-cultural perspective, this presentation examines research on mortality, with an emphasis on the multiple disconnections that exacerbate an eating disorder. It offers strategies to promote neurobiological and interpersonal connections that foster successful treatment and avoid premature death.

Didactic/Interactive • All Levels


SA12 – Exploring Identity through Recovery: The Power of our Voices
Cynthia Whitehead-Laboo, PhD, Nettie Reeves, CPT, CHC & Ryan Sallans, MA

Members of marginalized groups who experience oppression, discrimination and trauma often develop eating disorders, poor self-esteem and negative body image. In this workshop, presenters discuss how their own marginalization and oppression influenced their relationship with food and body image, and describe their personal paths to recovery and well-being.

Didactic/Interactive/Experiential • All Levels


Sunday Morning Workshops, November 13th (8:30 AM – 10:30 AM )


SU1 – Moving Off the Couch: Utilizing Experiential Techniques in Family Therapy
Rebecca Berman, LCSW-C, CEDS, MLSP & Lisa Luse, LCSW-C

Therapists can get stuck repeating a particular therapeutic process just as clients and families repetitively reenact their own narratives. However, when experiential techniques are combined with Emotion Focused Family Therapy and Attachment Based Family Therapy, a new space can be created, enabling family systems to become more flexible, causing relationships to shift and healing to occur.

Interactive/Experiential •Intermediate/Advanced


SU2 – A Thin Line Between Childhood Obesity and Eating Disorders
Carolyn Hodges Chaffee, MS, RDN, CEDRD & Annika Kahm, MS

“I just want to lose weight so no one will make fun of me.” In response, well-meaning clinicians and parents often send the message, “just eat less and exercise more,” much too often precipitating an eating disorder. This workshop examines a variety of treatment modalities to deal with childhood obesity, the science behind them, and practical tools to promote health rather than harm.

Didactic/Interactive • Intermediate/Advanced


SU3 – The Influence of Ovarian Hormones on Genetic Risk for Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan: Research Data and Clinical Care
Kelly Klump, PhD

This workshop describes how fluctuations in ovarian hormones contribute to female predominance of eating disorders, and differential expression of genetic risk for eating disorder symptoms across the lifespan. It includes interactive exercises aimed at increasing understanding of hormonal risk and addressing this risk in everyday clinical practice.

Didactic/Interactive • All Levels


SU4 – Multicultural and LGBTQ Populations: The Influence of “Isms” on the Development of Eating Disorders
Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH

Racism, oppression, marginalization and identity confusion contribute significantly to eating disorders in multicultural and LGBTQ populations. This workshop explores how research and clinical work targeting multicultural and LGBTQ communities can improve the delivery of multi-culturally sensitive assessment, treatment and prevention efforts.

Didactic/Interactive • Advanced


SU5 – Building a Life Worth Living: The Importance of Values in Recovery from an Eating Disorder
Rebecca Wagner, PhD

Individuals struggling with an eating disorder often lose sight of their values, which maintains their illness and increases suffering. Helping patients/clients identify and get reconnected with values is an important part of treatment. This workshop explores values work, and provides practical exercises to help rebuild a life worth living.

Didactic/Interactive/Experiential • All Levels


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.