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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

Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  |  5 CEUs
Lewis & Clark College, Templeton Student Center


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Please Note: The 2020 CREDN Conference has been cancelled

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 2020 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. CREDN encourages attendees to identify and then adopt 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, Health and Body Activist, Creating Peace with Food, LLC
    Deconstructing Weight Bias and Internalized Cisnormativity within Dietetic Practice: A Process of Unlearning to Learn
  • Sand C. Chang, PhD, Psychologist, Author and Trainer
    Do No Harm: Centering Trans and Nonbinary Experiences in Body Positive Movements and Eating Disorder Treatment
  • Vaughn Darst, MS, RD, Registered Dietitian, Center for Discovery
    Deconstructing Weight Bias and Internalized Cisnormativity within Dietetic Practice: A Process of Unlearning to Learn
  • Shilo M. George, MS, Speaker, Trainer, Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting
    I Hear My Ancestors - “Mé’ėstse Mo’óna’e!”

This conference may meet the OBLPCT Cultural Competence Continuing Education requirement. Click here for more information


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. To learn more about CREDN and to become a member, visit

Thank You to Our 2020 Sponsors