Conference Schedule

THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 9, 2017


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 10, 2017


6:45-7:30 Morning Exercise: FUNky Fit I
Nettie Reeves, CPT, CHC
Nettie Reeves’ FUNky Fit is back! Start your morning off right while moving to popular tunes. This dance-based aerobics class is appropriate for all sizes, ages and especially fitness levels. Come and let Nettie invigorate your mind, body and spirit for the day!

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
Making Mental Health Essential Health

Patrick J. Kennedy
Clinicians and researchers have long known that mental health disorders create serious public health problems. In this keynote presentation Patrick J. Kennedy, a passionate advocate for mental health parity, examines why mental health is critical to the overall well-being of all Americans, and why the healthcare system needs to change, adapt and expand to better accommodate mental healthcare. To illustrate the underlying public policy imperatives of parity and the need to invest in innovation, Mr. Kennedy discusses the benefits of the newly passed 21st Century Cures Act, and the work of One Mind for Research and The Kennedy Forum. In addition, he provides a glimpse into his own journey towards mental health and recovery – sure to inspire the audience to mobilize resources to be advocates and agents of change.

3:00-3:30 BREAK

3:30-6:30 FRIDAY AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS

6:30-9:30 EVENING GATHERING
Relax and unwind at our 27th annual evening gathering. This networking reception will include a buffet dinner, cash bar and DJ. Join us for a great dance party!


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017


6:30-7:15 MORNING EXERCISE: FUNKY FIT II

Nettie Reeves’ FUNky Fit returns with not only aerobics but toning too! This class will incorporate strength exercises using body weight and traditional FUNky Fit extended stretches at the end. Leave this class feeling energized and strong!

7:30-8:15 NETWORKING BREAKFAST FOR NUTRITION THERAPISTS
Hosted by: Allison Alderman, MS, RD, LDN & Becky Mehr, MS, RD, LDN & Emily Reilly, MS, RD

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 GENERAL REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:30-10:00 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Collaborative Care in the Treatment of Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan: Lessons Learned from Research and Practice

Janet Treasure, OBE, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych & Adele LaFrance, PhD, CPsych

The cognitive interpersonal model of eating disorders asserts social-emotional factors not only predispose and maintain eating disordered attitudes and behaviors, but also generate difficulties in interpersonal relationships. These difficulties can confuse concerned caretakers, the most well-meaning of whom can be drawn into unhelpful behaviors, including accommodation and enabling, or emotional outbursts, criticism and denial. Emerging evidence suggests task-sharing interventions and emotion-focused support leads to improved outcomes for patients and caregivers alike. This keynote presentation provides a comprehensive overview of theory, practice, and research on the New Maudsley Model and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, interventions that offer caregivers the wherewithal to foster genuine change in their loved ones.

10:00-10:30 BREAK

10:30-12:30 SATURDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

12:30-1:45 LUNCH

12:30-1:45 Celebrating Diversity Lunch
Hosted By: Cindy Gretzula, RN & Paula Edwards-Gayfield, MA, LPCS, CEDS, NCC

Please join us for our first networking luncheon devoted to celebrating diversity. This will be an opportunity for practitioners to support each other and share successes and challenges in dealing with race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and other dimensions of diversity in the treatment of eating disorders.

12:30-1:45 Networking Lunch for Physicians
Hosted By: Susan Ice, MD

Please join us for a luncheon opportunity to talk with me and other Renfrew psychiatrists about how we treat eating disorders at Renfrew. Spend time with your colleagues in an informal networking event and exchange ideas and experiences.

2:00-3:30 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:
Feeding Hunger… A Journey of Self Discovery, Acceptance and Healing

Roxane Gay, PhD
As an outspoken “Bad Feminist”, Roxane Gay writes in her book Hunger, A Memoir of (My) Body, about food, weight and self-image using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance and health. In her keynote, Roxane will poignantly share her journey of discovering how the impact of trauma and being a woman of color and size, have shaped her relationship with food and her body. She will discuss what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for satisfying foods, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved – in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

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 12, 2017


6:45-7:30 Morning Exercise: Yoga to Embrace Your Body’s Wisdom
Jennifer Kreatsoulas, PhD, RYT
A gentle flowing yoga class to synchronize your breath and body, calm your mind, and uplift your spirit.

7:30-8:15 Treating Jewish Women Networking Breakfast
Hosted by: Rebecca Berman, LCSW-C, CEDS, MLSP & Sarah Bateman, LCSW

Please join us at a special breakfast for clinicians who are treating Jewish women with eating disorders. “Schmooze” with others and share ideas before attending the breakout session “Tools for treating eating disorders in the Jewish population” presented by Rachel Bachner-Melman, PhD.

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:
Research Gaps & Promising Practices: A Feminist, Social Justice Inquiry



Moderator: Beth Hartman McGilley, PhD, FAED, CEDS
Gayle E. Brooks, PhD; Rachel Calogero, PhD, FAED; Melissa-Irene Jackson, BS, BA & Marcella Raimondo, PhD, MPH

Strides have been made to bridge the research/practice gap in eating disorder treatment, with at least a dozen evidence-based therapies practiced worldwide. Still, no one therapeutic approach has proven unequivocally effective, and certain high-risk communities have yet to be adequately studied. This keynote panel, borrowing from feminist and social justice perspectives, and enlivened through panelists’ experiences and expertise, will examine the types and roles of research in the treatment of eating disorders, the impact on and implications of communities overlooked in research, and how we can expand the field to study and deliver effective practices to all those in need of care.

12:45-1:00 CLOSING RITUAL
Adrienne Ressler, LMSW, CEDS, F.iaedp
As we prepare to return home, please join us in taking a few moments to reflect on our experience over this weekend, celebrate our connections and all that we have learned from our presenters and one another..

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.