28th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference – 2018 Call for Proposals


28th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference

2018 Call for Proposals

Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond:
Cultivating Hope in an Age of Disconnection

November 9 – November 11, 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 them with optimism, prompting dialogue that supports diverse needs and creating a sense of community. Managing our own concerns and reactions is a critical challenge for therapists 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. These 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, to be displayed 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. The first annual David H. Barlow Poster Award for Research Excellence will be presented to the early career professional with the most outstanding poster submission to the 2018 Renfrew Foundation Conference. This award will be given to a graduate student or a professional within 3 years of receiving their degree whose conference poster describes work that will have the strongest impact on understanding, treating, and/or preventing eating disorders.

Required Components of Proposal    Presentation Guidelines
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
   Guidelines:

  1. Presentations must relate to the Conference theme and meet stated learning objectives.
  2. Handouts MUST be provided to attendees. These 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 submitted – either as a primary or secondary presenter.

Conference Committee Decisions will be made by mid-April.

All accepted presenters will be required to complete a disclosure form.

If you have any questions please contact Kavita Patel at kpatel@renfrewcenter.com.