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23rd Annual CREDN Conference Schedule

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8-8:45 a.m.  |  Check-in and walk-in registration open
8-8:45 a.m.  |  Breakfast
9:00 a.m.  |  Conference Welcome

9:15-10:45 a.m.  |  Do No Harm: Centering Trans and Nonbinary Experiences in Body Positive Movements and Eating Disorder Treatment 
Sand C. Chang, PhD

Eating disorders recovery and body positivity work is about liberation, but we cannot provide effective, quality treatment for some to the exclusion of others. Research suggests that trans and non-binary clients are at a higher risk of developing eating disorders than cisgender/non-trans people, yet they often report negative experiences in eating disorders treatment. Most health care professionals do not learn basic competencies in providing respectful, affirming care to people who exist outside of the gender binary. In this training, Sand Chang will address gaps in assessment and treatment, as well as provide concrete recommendations for how to provide clients of all genders with the care they need.

Following this session, participants will have the ability to:

  • Identify and challenge cis-centric bias and practices in body positive and eating disorder treatment spaces
  • Describe two ways in which colonialist views of gender inform trans health
  • Name two strategies for applying gender-affirming language when working with clients of all genders
  • Describe two common barriers to effective eating disorders treatment for trans and non-binary people

11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.  |  I Hear My Ancestors - “Mé’ėstse Mo’óna’e!”
Shilo M. George, MS

Presenter Shilo George will share a personal journey highlighting the challenges, chaos, brilliance, and power of relationships in reclaiming; inviting the audience to explore the power of culture, first foods, community, and healing.

In a colonial reality where my body is under threat from so many angles I find refuge in the love and strength of my ancestors and culture. They tell me “Mé’ėstse Mo’óna’e!”—”Beautiful Always!” and I know I can keep walking forward in this world that often feels backwards, upside down, and inside out. The things that should be the most profoundly nurturing and loving have been turned against me—against so many of us. A safe and sovereign body that at a young age was ripped from me and replaced with a terrifying and alien landscape. A life-time of abusive diet culture demanding a pretty and palatable face and body in homage to the colonial gaze that ultimately poisoned my nurturing relationship with food. How can Indigenous, superfat, two spirit, queer, disabled beings find their way home?

During this session, participants will:

  • Learn many examples of how the colonial machine and genocide have impacted Indigenous minds, bodies, and spirits in the past and present
  • Draw connections between food justice, fat justice, Indigenous sovereignty and how colonial structures constantly challenge and battle those movements
  • Rethink what healing and justice can look like by exploring the on-going journey of reindiginizing one’s body as a sovereign space with the help of culture, community, and ancestry
  • Examine the colonial machine, including how we all continue to uphold and participate in it

12:20-1:30 p.m.  |  Lunch

1:30-4 p.m.  |   Deconstructing Weight Bias and Internalized Cisnormativity within Dietetic Practice: A Process of Unlearning to Learn 
Lindsay Birchfield, MS, RD, CD, and Vaugh Darst, MS, RD

Continued advocacy work from gender diverse individuals, communities and allies continue to challenge the pervasive assumptions about sex, gender and gender expression in media, healthcare, education and more. Despite this progress, the field of dietetics has remained firmly anchored in binary systems of gender, health, and anthropometrics. The field still struggles to address disparities in health rooted in histories of racism, weight bias, and transphobia, without over simplifying the problem to a discussion of cultural foods or assessment formulas. Looking forward, our field is poised to take up several important and challenging questions, such as: how do we treat trans clients’ unique needs in a field dominated by affluent, white, straight, and cisgender bodies? How do we guide clients towards nourishing health behaviors and body image work that does not continue to reinforce body image standards based in cisnormativity, colonialism, ableism, and weight stigma? This session will aim to support clinicians in building capacity for cultural humility in working with clients of diverse backgrounds and identities, centering transgender and nonbinary bodies and experiences.

During this session, participants will:

  • Examine traditional demographics of dietetic professionals and discuss the impact of a homogenous professional population on professional standards, norms and interventions
  • Review the limits of traditional dietetic assessment tools. How do we support our trans population when most nutrition tools and equations are rooted in a cisgender binary?
  • Discuss vulnerability factors that leave gender diverse populations more susceptible to disordered eating while simultaneously being misdiagnosed and misunderstood
  • Discuss how intuitive eating tools and “body positivity” can misalign with contemporary goals of many trans clients