I am pleased to recommend an important conference for professionals specializing in treating eating disorders:

The Renfrew Center Foundation Eating Disorders Conference for Professionals

Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Exploring Controversy, Building Collaboration

November 9-11, 2012

Philadelphia, PA @ the Airport Mariott

Offering 17.5 CE’s
 with more than 30 workshops addressing the theoretical and clinical controversies related to understanding and treating eating and food related problems.

I attended my first Renfrew Conference about 15 years ago and have kept returning as often as I can manage it. The Renfrew Conference is special for a couple of reasons. First, clinical wisdom is in the air because it is a conference for and by clinicians. This is not to say that workshops aren’t evidenced-based or that top researchers won’t be presenting, it is and they are. My experience though has been that the speakers and participants, by and large, are all clinicians who work with clients day in and day out. Clinical wisdom is freely offered up in sessions and in conversations between participants (often the best part) throughout the conference. Second, the Renfrew Conference is the major venue for presenting and discussing the feminist perspective on eating disorders. This year’s conference, for example, features a workshop by Margo Maine entitled: Body Discomfort as the “New Normal” for Women: From Girdles to Spanx or How We Have Not Come a Long Way, Baby… 

I am proud to say that I have also been invited to give a workshop at this year’s Renfrew Conference. The New Alphabet Soup: ACT, CBT-E, DBT, FBT and MI-Based Nutrition Techniques. I’ll be speaking about how I use evidenced-based techniques. In other words, I will be giving away my best clinical secrets.

Come say hello if you are lucky enough to attend.


Nutritionist Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto, co-authors of The Parent’s Guide to Eating Disorders, Gūrze Books, Marcia is also author of the soon to be published Nutrition Counseling in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (Routledge, December 2012) Copyrighted by Marcia Herrin and Nancy Matsumoto.

About the Authors

Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., M.P.H., R.D.

Marcia Herrin, Ed.D., M.P.H., R.D., is the founder of Dartmouth College's nationally renowned nutrition programs. Currently, Dr. Herrin conducts a private practice in Lebanon, NH.

Nancy Matsumoto

Nancy Matsumoto is a freelance journalist who has written numerous stories on health, eating disorders, and body image.

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