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The 29th Annual Renfrew Center Foundation Conference for Professionals
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11/8/2019 to 11/10/2019
When: Friday, November 8, 2019
Where: Philadelphia Airport Marriott
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
United States

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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


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


For more information or to register please visit or contact Kelly Krausz at 1-877-367-3383 or