Bias is Not a Bad Word: Identifying & Challenging Implicit Bias to Foster Anti-Racist and Anti-Oppressive Practice in Eating Disorder Treatment

We are all a little bit “-ist” or “-phobic” as we are all members of a society that struggles with systemic racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, sizeism, and other forms of oppression. Providers in the eating disorder field are vulnerable to the same socio-political norms that shape our beliefs about diverse populations and marginalized communities that our clients, colleagues, and students struggle with on a daily basis. In this experiential, interactive workshop, participants will grapple with the topics of power, privilege, bias, and competing personal and professional values that contribute to implicit bias, weight stigma, structural racism, and oppression. Participants will receive instruction to replicate the activities of the session, serving as a resource for classroom education, professional development, group therapy discussions, and clinical supervision.