23rd Annual CREDN Conference Schedule

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

Please note all times listed are in Pacific Standard Time

Friday, April 23, 2021, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

9:00 a.m.   |   Conference Welcome

9:15-11 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

11-11:30 a.m.   |   Break  ——————————————————————————————————————————

11:30 a.m.-12:45 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

1:00 p.m.   |   End of Day One

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 12:30-5:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m.   |   Conference Opening

12:45-2:45 p.m.   |   “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t Love My Body” Nuanced Conversations About Trans-Centered Nutrition - Lindsay Birchfield, MS, RD, CD; Vaughn Darst, MS RD; and Kia’ikai (“Kai”) Iguchi, MSc/MS, RD/LD/CD

This panel discussion will offer perspectives from three different RD’s who have worked in various levels of care, from inpatient to outpatient. Panelists will explore common clinical barriers for gender diverse clients in ED treatment, discussing their various experiences in different treatment settings and address frequently asked questions/concerns. Additionally, panelists will spend time discussing nutritional considerations including determination of biologically appropriate weight (BAW)/ideal body weight (IBW) for transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) clients, the impacts of hormone therapy on nutrition, and challenges related to body acceptance.

During this session, participants will:

  • Examine homogenous demographics of dietetic professionals which shape professional standards, norms, assessment tools, and interventions. How do we support our trans population when most nutrition tools and equations are rooted in a cisgender binary?
  • Explore possible etiologies of disordered eating behaviors in various gender diverse communities.
  • Examine and contextualize how intuitive eating tools and “body positivity” may fall short of addressing gender dysphoria, systems of power, institutional violence, and expansive grounded recovery for TGNC clients.

2:45-3:15 p.m.  |  Break  ——————————————————————————————————————————

3:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.   |   Better Informed: Identifying Strengths and Limitations in a Cisnormative Treatment System - Clinical Leadership Panel

This panel presentation and Q&A session with clinical leadership from various treatment programs will serve to both inform attendees about the current availability of affirming care for gender diverse clients, as well as help participants to be better prepared to provide affirming care to TGNC clientele.

Clinicians will discuss and share their facility’s perspective on the treatment of gender diverse clients—reflecting on their own process and self-awareness, exploring what it means to become a gender affirming provider, and what this process looks like within the treatment program they represent.

Those in attendance will learn about the growth, strengths and limitations of each program in serving the needs of gender diverse clients and which types of clients are best suited for their programming. Through listening to the brief presentation from each treatment program representative and comparing the expertise and experience of each program, attendees will gain insight into where to refer clients in need of a higher level of care and knowledge of the competence and skills set of each program in serving TGNC clientele.

During this session, participants will:

  • Discuss the personal growth and process of self-awareness for clinicians in leadership roles around treating gender diverse clients
  • Compare the cisgender, heteronormative standard of care for ED treatment to the needs of TGNC clients
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in HLOC for TGNC clientele
  • Discuss and identify special considerations for TGNC clients seeking treatment at a higher level of care

5:30 p.m.   |   End of Conference  


Thank you to our 2021 Conference Sponsors!