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21st Annual Columbia River Eating Disorder Network Conference


The Professional is Political: Eating Disorder Advocacy
from Prevention to Palliative Care

Saturday, February 17, 2018, Lewis & Clark College
Templeton Student Center, Stamm  |  6 CEUs



The Columbia River Eating Disorder Network is pleased to announce this years conference, “The Professional as Political: Eating Disorder Treatment and Advocacy from Prevention to Palliative Care”. We are thrilled to welcome our 2018 Speakers, Michael Levine, PhDauthor of The Prevention of Eating Problems and Eating Disorders: Theory, Research, and Practice and Jennifer Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED founder and medical director of the Gaudiani Clinic in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Gaudiani is one of the only outpatient internists that carries the Certified Eating Disorders Specialist credential (CEDS). 

  • An Evidence-Based Sociocultural Approach to Eating Disorders Prevention in the Age of Neurobiology: 10 Principles for a Bolder Model, Michael P. Levine, PhD
  • Beyond the Basics: Medical Topics Important for Special Populations with Eating Disorders, Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED

Michael Levine will update us on the latest in prevention and research from a macro and feminist perspective. In the afternoon, Dr. Gaudiani will take us through medical complications of eating disorders and palliative care for end-stage cases. She will also address her work with marginalized populations and tools for best practices.

Attendees will leave with a broader understanding of the range of potential intervention points within the arc of eating disorder treatment. This day will look at the continuum of care and address how research, practice and advocacy, interrelate.

Often, we are faced with advocating for clients in our work: from insurance related issues, to communicating our clients process of change and interpersonal dynamics, to helping the public understand the complexities of eating disorder treatment. We find ourselves asking: How can we feel equipped to step into complex conversations and identify where bias can affect treatment? What role and ethical responsibilities do we have when working with marginalized clients? How can we mostly affectively advocate for clients and for the greater eating disorder professional community in our current, complex, climate?

This year’s theme will explore how we step into our practice with the knowledge that our work is inherently sociocultural, and often our individual professional acts affect the whole, hence ‘The Professional as Political’

The Columbia River Eating Disorder Network (CREDN) is a non-profit organization composed of treatment professionals dedicated to the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. We promote community awareness of eating, weight and body-image concerns, and provide referral information for those seeking treatment. Membership is $50 per year.

For more information about CREDN and to become a member, visit


Thank you to our 2018 Sponsors!