The International Conference on Eating Disorders (ICED) is an annual event run by the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED). This year’s conference was supposed to be in Sydney, like FEAST of Knowledge, and is co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders (ANZAED.) It has been converted to an online format. The show must go on!
There are 4 members of the F.E.A.S.T. community who will be presenting at ICED. Executive Director Laura Lyster-Mensh will be presenting at the Treatment Plenary titled: “About the ‘Evidence’ in Evidence-Based Practice – Are We Missing Something?” In addition, she will be participating in a workshop along with Board of Directors and Executive Committee member Judy Krasna, and F.E.A.S.T. advisory panel member Chevese Turner, on the topic of “Nothing About Us Without Us: How Lived Experience Can and Should Guide Eating Disorder Treatment and Research.”
F.E.A.S.T. Board of Directors and Executive Committee member Nicki Wilson is presenting in an oral paper session on the topic of “Swinging Around to the Carer Perspective: Accessing Treatment for Eating Disorders in New Zealand.” Former F.E.A.S.T. Executive Director and current F.E.A.S.T. advisor Belinda Caldwell is presenting in a poster session on “Body Project Australia: Feasibility of a dissonance-based early intervention program to improve body image in adolescent and young adult women” and in an oral paper session titled “Playing the Long Game – Building a System of Care for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders in Victoria.”
While the AED is a professional organization, they recognize that caregivers of people with eating disorders are experts by experience, and offer valuable contributions to the content and to the programming of ICED. It helps to raise the profile of F.E.A.S.T. in the professional community when our members present at ICED, leading clinicians and scientists to the realization that caregivers can enhance their knowledge, enrich their education, and add a critical dimension to their professional perspective that improves their clinical and research work.