Join guest speaker Judith Brisman, PhD, for presentations on the reasons behind our challenging relationships with food. Even if you know what to eat, maintaining healthy habits, and your happiness while doing so, can be challenging. Discuss why you stray from your food goals and how these failures can actually be opportunities. Get inspired to take charge in your relationship with food and learn how to live a more balanced, healthy life. Judith Brisman, PhD will speak on the following topics:

  • What Goes Wrong When You Want to Eat Right?
    Discuss the social factors (and more) that interfere with making choices you feel good about. Learn why you stray from your food plans/goals and how these “failures” can actually be opportunities.
  • Surviving the Hard Times: Specific Strategies & Tools That Work For You
    Even when you know what to do and why, eating healthfully – and joyfully – can still be hard. Trouble times are different for everyone. Working privately or in a group, explore details of where you get stuck and learn tools that address your individual concerns.

Dr. Judith Brisman will be teaching a Master Class with Judy Rabinor and Ann Kearney Cooke, on the topic of mother/daughter, family, and body-image issues.

This year, The Renfrew Center Foundation is celebrating its 30th annual Conference. Since 1991, the Conference has been dedicated to providing eating disorders education and training for professionals and creating a stimulating environment in which to discover, debate and share the best of what we bring to our profession.

To commemorate three decades of growth, outstanding scholarship and interpersonal connection, Conference 2020 has invited experts and luminaries in the field of eating disorders and women’s mental health to create an exceptional program. Through thoughtful reflection, research and clinical practice, we will explore treatment, cultural influences, trauma, genetics, and trends in neuroscience. In keeping with our Feminist-Relational roots, numerous events are planned to foster rejuvenation as well as networking with professionals from around the globe.

Dr. Brisman will be presenting with Dr. Judith Ruskay Rabinor on Saturday, November 9th, 10:30 am-12:30pm,  a talk titled Relational Perspectives: Strategies, Interventions and the Healing Therapeutic Stance. Relational skills are needed for eating disorder recovery, yet the development of these skills within the therapeutic relationship is often overlooked. This workshop offers guidelines to create an emotionally- engaged therapeutic stance. Clinical and experiential material will focus on assessing relational patterns, deepening therapeutic exchanges and allowing for relational connection.

Discuss the social factors (and more) that interfere with making choices you feel good about. Learn why you stray from your food plans/goals and how these a“failures” can actually be opportunities.

Learn about trouble spots & what to do to help kids eat healthfully, have fun with food & live with body confidence in a culture where 40% of all kids may develop disordered eating before age 20.

Dr. Judith Brisman will be speaking with Dr. Judy Rabinor at this year’s iaedp™ symposium. Their talk is titled “When Actions Speak Louder than Words: Establishing Connection in Evidence-Based Treatment.”

iaedp™ Symposium 2019’s program is being created by a group of professionals who work in therapeutic settings with patients. It is their goal to provide an exciting, quality program that is applicable to working with patients. Click here for more details. 

The 2018 WCSPP conference topic is “It’s Not About the Food” – Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders and Disordered Eating.  Dr. Judith Brisman will be a keynote speaker with Theresa Kinsella, RD at this year’s annual conference.  Dr. Brisman’s talk is titled “When Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A New Understanding of the Psychodynamic Treatment of Eating Disorders.”

About This Conference: Eating disorders are serious, often complex and potentially life-threatening disorders that affect people of every age, gender, race and socioeconomic group. They often begin with irregular or disordered eating patterns but are treatable when detected early. How, when and in what ways the family intervenes is often vital for successful outcomes. At this conference, we will explore the etiology, signs and symptoms, and treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-Eating Disorders, as well as how the “disowned self” needs to be understood in the treatment. The importance of comprehensive evaluation, medical stabilization, behavioral and familial interventions, and the role of the nutritionist will be elaborated as critical elements in the treatment. Moreover, clinical vignettes will help us understand how to best help children and teens who are struggling with disordered eating or specific eating disorders, as well as the parents of children with an acute or potential eating disorder. View full event brochure here.

Dr. Brisman will be presenting with Dr. Judith Ruskay Rabinor on Friday November 10th, 3:30-6:30pm,  a talk titled Clinical Supervision: Guidelines When Working with Eating Disordered Patients and Their Families. Evidence based data and clinical wisdom agree that recovery is  enhanced when family members are included in treatment.  However, clinicians often are challenged as to how to proceed. Drs. Brisman and Rabinor will offer principles of engagement and strategic interventions that guide the supervision of complex family cases. Discussion of participants’ treatment cases will be encouraged.

Dr. Judith Brisman will be presenting a workshop presentation with Melainie Rogers, R.D., titled  “You need what?!—Negotiating the needs of parents, kids and the therapeutic milieu”, at the Multi-Service Eating Disorders Association’s 22nd annual conference.

A presentation and open discussion with Dr. Jean Petrucelli regarding the treatment of families of the eating disordered patients.