Director: Karen L. Smith, MSS,
Experience More of
the Full Living Philosophy
Full Living's Founder and Director is Karen L. Smith, MSS,
LCSW. She is a clinical social worker with a private practice in Philadelphia, PA. She has been a
speaker, educator, consultant and workshop facilitator for over 20 years. Her approach to analyzing Eating
Disorders is grounded in feminism, believing it is through the lens of gender that we will decode this
demographically female expression of distress.
LISTEN to an hour-long live interview with Founder/Director Karen L.
Smith on WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane. You will hear Karen talk about eating disorders,
disordered eating, and the gender politics that support them.
READ a Renfrew Working Paper written by Karen L. Smith, MSS,
- Sexuality as Eating Disorder Etiology
Provides an overview of sexual and gender development; a discussion of sexuality as eating disorder etiology;
and an exploration of eating disorders as an expression of unconscious conflict over sexual longing and its
You can order this working paper for $10 from The Renfrew Center Foundation
READ a brief article written by Karen L. Smith.
LISTEN to Renfrew Center Foundation Conference cassettes with Karen
Smith as a frequently invited and featured presenter.
- In OUR Community? Eating Disorders Among Gay and Lesbian
Order cassette # FR11
This workshop explores eating disorders among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual populations. Topics
include an examination of how homophobia serves as an etiology for eating disorders, how clinicians can resolve
such underlying conflicts and how eating disorders are mediated differently within these cultures.
- I'd Rather Starve than be Gay: Sexual Orientation as an Etiological Factor in the
Development of an Eating Disorder
Order cassette # F16
This workshop offers theory
research and clinical findings to support a routine clinical assessment of sexual orientation in eating
disordered clients. Case studies are used to illuminate the relationship between an eating disorder and
conflict/confusion over sexual orientation, provide relevant assessment tools and examine ways to promote
positive sexual identity.