23rd Annual Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference


Gender Diversity in the Treatment of Eating Disorders:
Best Practices and Affirming Care for
Transgender, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary Clients

Friday & Saturday, April 23 & 24, 2021   |  Online
Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday 12:30-5:30 p.m.  PST  |  7 CEUs

Overview | Sessions & Schedule | Presenters | Registration | Sponsorship Information

Transgender, gender diverse and non-binary individuals face significant health disparities and recent research has shown that these communities have a significantly higher risk of developing eating disorders (ED) as well as a higher prevalence of ED than their cisgender peers.

The 2021 Columbia River Eating Disorder Network conference will address the need for more competent care for transgender, gender diverse and non-binary clients, as well as provide a deeper understanding of the unique challenges they may face as they navigate recovery. CREDN encourages this year’s attendees to challenge the cisgender-heteronormative approaches to treating ED’s that most traditional ED education provides and to step into their own understanding of ways in which cisgender privilege and biases about gender identity have impacted the work with ED clients. We hope that attendees exit the conference with new approaches and practices to make their clinical work more gender inclusive.

Please join us as we examine cisgender privilege, care disparities and best practices as we work towards greater gender inclusion and equity in the treatment of eating disorders. We are thrilled to welcome the following conference presenters:

    • Lindsay Birchfield, MS, RD, CD, Registered Dietitian, Gender Activist, Creating Peace with Food
    • Sand C. Chang, PhD, Psychologist, Author, and Trainer; Clinic Director, Octave Health 
    • Vaugh Darst, MS, RD, Registered Dietitian, Senior Coordinator of Gender Affirmative Care, Center for Discovery
    • Shilo M. George, MS, Speaker, Trainer, Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting
    • Kia’ikai Iguchi, MSc, MS, RD, LD, CD, Registered Dietitian, Rogers Behavioral Health
    • Clinical Leadership Panel Featuring:  Allison Burnett, LICSW, National Director of Alumni and Advocacy, Alsana: An Eating Recovery Community; Kristen R Myers, PsyD, DrPH, Site Director and Outpatient Therapist, The Emily Program; Charlotte Thomas, LCSW, Pathways to Mindful Eating, Portland DBT; Amanda Soden, MA, Clinical Director, Monte Nido and Affiliates
  • And More…

Register Now for the 2021 Conference


This conference may meet the OBLPCT Cultural Competence Continuing Education requirement. Learn more


The Columbia River Eating Disorder Network (CREDN) is a nonprofit organization composed of a diverse community of professionals, dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. We support a bio-psycho-social conceptualization of eating disorders that recognizes both biological and environmental variables and risk factors, such as genetics, temperament, sociocultural ideals, systemic oppression, trauma and dieting. We understand that eating disorders are complex, brain-based illnesses that impact people of all genders, races, sizes, socioeconomic statuses, religions, ethnicities, abilities and ages. We are dedicated to the growth of eating disorder treatment and actively supporting an anti-diet, weight-inclusive, intersectional approach. We provide education opportunities to our members and the community because we believe it is the responsibility of all providers to continually learn and grow as current research and best practices evolve, and we believe that education can lead to early intervention in eating disorder recovery. 

Thank you to our 2021 Conference Sponsors