THE 27TH ANNUAL RENFREW CENTER FOUNDATION CONFERENCE FOR PROFESSIONALS
FEMINIST RELATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND BEYOND: INTEGRATING SCIENCE, CREATIVITY AND CLINICAL WISDOM
Being a highly effective eating disorder therapist is a process, not a destination. As our patient population has become increasingly more complex and diverse, research has provided us with a growing body of evidence-based practices (EBPs). As a result, clinicians now face the daunting task of mastering new, cutting edge treatment approaches and integrating them into our well established and uniquely nuanced practices. In order to provide the quality of care our patients require and deserve, we must evolve along with the field.
Conference 2017 examines the challenge of learning new skills at different points in the professional “lifespan”. These can include the incorporation of innovative therapeutic approaches and evidence-based practices, the integration of clinical intuition, creativity and wisdom, as well as the critical role of supervision. This program is appropriate for social workers, counselors, dieticians, physicians, nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists.
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Many clients are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety in a polarized society where anger, prejudice, loss of civility, and threats to personal safety contribute to an atmosphere of distrust and disconnection. Practitioners are tasked with helping eating disorder clients navigate their way through emotionally-charged times by promoting dialogue that supports diverse needs, and by creating a sense of community. Managing our own reactions is one of the greatest challenges 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.