Gender Diversity in the Treatment of Eating Disorders:
Best Practices and Affirming Care for Transgender, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary Clients
When: April 25th, 2020
Where: Lewis and Clark College
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:
While Lindsay Birchfield, MS, RD, CD’s formal education defines them as a Registered Dietitian, they prefer to identify as a gender and body activist. Lindsay is committed to undoing the dehumanizing and fatphobic legacy of diet culture and traditional dietetics. They strive to work in partnership with their clients to help clarify an authentic and intuitive sense of their own ideas of health, nourishment, and recovery. Lindsay grew up in Chicago, IL and received their masters in clinical nutrition from New York University. Lindsay has practiced body and nutrition therapy across the continental U.S within various eating disorder treatment facilities. They find inspiration within the classroom where they teach masters-level dietetic students about the complexities of health and body oppression within traditional healthcare. Lindsay has personal and professional investment in the intersections of body and fat liberation across gender identities. Lindsay’s passion lands within changing the harmful nutrition practices that isolate bodies and genders outside the “status quo.” Continued areas of specialization include disordered eating across age and genders, nutritional healing following gastric surgeries, weight-neutral interventions for diabetes and PCOS, food aversions, food-related trauma, and exposure therapy. Lindsay’s therapeutic style is marked by a suspicion for judgement and generalizations, and a respect for the power of curiosity, empathy, and humor to bring out the healthiest parts of ourselves.
Sand Chang, PhD (they/them/their) is a Chinese American genderfluid/nonbinary/femme psychologist/trainer in practice for 15+ years. Sand co-authored A Clinician’s Guide to Gender Affirming Care (New Harbinger, 2018) and the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients (2015). Sand is a board member and section editor for Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, chapter author of the forthcoming World Professional Association for Transgender Health: Standards of Care Vol. 8 (WPATH SOC8), and co-founder of The Gender Affirming Letter Access Project (The GALAP), a movement to make mental health letters for trans health care financially accessible. Sand’s work is focused on gender, sexuality, disordered eating (from an anti-diet, HAES, Body Trust perspective), addictions, trauma/EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and attachment concerns. Outside of work, Sand is a dancer, food top, punoff competitor, and small dog enthusiast.
Vaughn Darst, MS RD is a Registered Dietitian with Center For Discovery who specializes in treating eating disorders among under-served populations, including transgender and nonbinary individuals, large bodied individuals, and neurodivergent youth. Vaughn received his MS in Nutrition from the USC, and his BA in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, with a concentration in Transgender Studies, from Scripps College. Prior to joining Center for Discovery, Vaughn completed two fellowships at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and also served as a Health Educator in the Cal State System for over a decade before moving into eating disorder treatment. Vaughn’s main areas of focus are intuitive eating, Health at Every Size, and body liberation advocacy. He seeks to work collaboratively with clients to establish a nourishing relationship to food and their body. Vaughn owns a private practice in Los Angeles, serving primarily queer, transgender and gender diverse clients with disordered eating and body image concerns. His TEDx Talk, “In a World That is Wrong About Us,” addresses the unique concerns of clients for whom their eating disorder exists at the intersection of gender, fatness, food, and identity.
Shilo George, MS is Southern Cheyenne-Arapaho and Irish/Scottish international speaker, trainer, and owner of Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting, which means “a great awakening of the heart and spirit” in the Chinuk Wawa trade language. With over twenty years of experience working as a social worker in a variety of settings and an anti-oppression activist, Shilo brings her skills, leadership, and education to her consulting and training to others on systems of oppression, trauma informed care, and proactive ways that businesses and organizations can create policies and environments that that promote transformational justice leading with racial justice. Her workshops and presentations explore the intersections of race, sexuality, body size, disability, and trauma, both intergenerational and personal trauma. Shilo received her Bachelor of Science in Art Practices in 2012 and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy with a specialization in Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education in 2017, both from Portland State University.