There are quite a few eating disorder related upcoming events taking place in the Spokane area toward the end of January and throughout February. Whether you are looking for a support group, wish to volunteer at an upcoming event, or find out more about local resources, you can find what you are looking for in the next few weeks.
INCED (the Inland Northwest Coalition for Eating Disorders) is holding their quarterly meeting on Thursday, January 24th at the Red Lion River Inn. The meeting starts at 6pm with appetizers, a cash bar, and networking opportunites. This is followed at 7pm by an update on INCED as well as a continuing education presentation by Monique DesChane, MA, CRC, LMHC on “Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) in Treatment of Eating Disorders.” INCED members can particpate in the continuing education seminar for free, while non-members must pay a $10 fee.
On February 9th will be a Teen Summit from 10am until 2pm. This free event is open to any interested teenagers that wish to participate and will include workshops, art projects, yoga, and a film presentation. Topics covered will include media literacy, body image, heath and wellness, and the pressures society puts toward appearance.
The end of February will include an event for everyone when INCED puts on their annual “Be Comfortable in Your Genes” fashion show at Lincoln Center on the 23rd. The event starts at 6pm and runs until 9:30pm and includes wine, appetizers, fundraising opportunities, and of course the fashion show. Models of all different sizes, shapes, and ages will walk the runway to help promote more realistic images of beauty. Tickets for the event cost $40 each or you can get a pair for $75.
The free Adult Support Group is holding meetings in both January and February as usual. Aside from the first and third Thursdays of both months, there will also be an extra meeting in January on Thursday the 31st. Each meeting starts at 6pm and lasts until 7:30pm and is held at Sacred Heart Hospital in the Hop Top Room.
The regular Family Support Group will also be held the first and third Thursdays of January and February. There is no extra meeting for this group. They meet from 6:30pm until 7:30pm in the Caritas Room at Sacred Heart Hospital and all family and friends of people with eating disorders are welcome to attend.
For more information about any of these events, visit the INCED website. Their calender includes details as well as contact information.