F.E.A.S.T. Conference, January 31-February 1, 2014- Connecting the Dots:Expanding the Knowledge Base and Extending the Circle of Care to Fight Eating Disorders Parent Recap.April 09, 2014.
Re-posted from Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) blog archives. CCED and The Emily Program partnered in 2014.
By A CCED Parent
I am a parent from CCED programming who attended the recent F.E.A.S.T. Caregiver Conference in Dallas, TX. I had such an amazing experience there, I felt the overwhelming need to let other CCED parents know about my trip. The decision to even attend was very difficult for me because of the expenses and travel costs. I was indecisive about spending so much money on travels for me rather than treatment for my daughter. The deciding factor was something our CCED clinician said to me about self-care being vital for the caregiver. Suddenly I was pointing and clicking because this trip was therapy and education for me.
I attended the conference to support F.E.A.S.T. and A.T.D.T. because they have been helpful organizations for me. I wanted to hear the awesome speaker line-up in person. I wanted to share stories and information with other parents who are experiencing so many of the same struggles. The conference was very much worth attending because it was two solid days of expert clinicians speaking about ED related topics from all over the country. There was a wealth of information, support for parents and an opportunity for me to speak directly with the expert clinicians over breakfast in a relaxed setting. (Very therapeutic) I also was able to spend time talking to a mom and daughter team where the daughter is most recently recovered. This was both a supportive and tearful experience for me since my daughter and I so very much want to be sitting where that mom and daughter are sitting in recovery. I am sure I wasn't the only parent thinking such thoughts.