I have had a very insightful and enjoyable day. I would never normally set my alarm for 6 am on a Saturday - or even during the week for that matter! But I did today. I was heading to the Eating Disorders International Conference in Russell Square, London. This is a three day event and I was very sad not to be able to make it for the first two days. I was there today in a voluntary capacity - working for the UK's leading Eating Disorder charity, Beat.
I arrived at 7:30 am to help prepare the bags for the Delegates containing all the information they would need for the day ahead.
There was a huge selection of plenary sessions and workshops to choose from. I felt honoured to be amongst such prestigious names in the Eating Disorder world. I heard Professor Andrew Hall from Leeds University Medical School discuss "What has food got to do with it?" in the keynote lecture. I think we all knew that he would conclude by saying that Yes, food has a lot to do with it - and he did!
I wasn't able to choose which workshop I heard next as I was stationed in the main lecture hall (a bit like a theatre) and was in charge of running up and down with a microphone for the audience to use for Q & A at the end. But up next it was an interesting one - hearing more about the work of Beat Mentors who support recovery and prevent relapse for sufferers through online support and telephone helplines amongst other key ways.
I was desperate to hear Prof. Ivan Eisler talk about his family interventions masterclass. Sadly, he was stationed elsewhere after a last minute room change.
All in all, it was a thoroughly interesting day and I am already looking forward to the F.E.A.S.T conference in Nottingham in November this year.