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Richmond Training Series

May 5, 2017


Veritas Collaborative is pleased to invite you to a free continuing education series in Richmond, VA.

Veritas Collaborative provides evidence-based educational opportunities for healthcare providers and community members to raise awareness, inform early identification and treatment, and increase access to care for all persons diagnosed with eating disorders.


This is an introductory/intermediate level educational program designed for mental health professionals, dietitians, and health care providers.



Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Explain the medical complications of eating disorders in different organ systems.
  • Identify clinical risk factors for medical complications of eating disorders.
  • List at least 2 lasting consequences of delayed eating disorder diagnosis and treatment.
  • Identify three aspects of eating disorder treatment that may create an ethical dilemma in treating some patients.
  • Discuss legal, ethical, and treatment repercussions of involuntary hospitalization for eating disorder patients.
  • List two treatment approaches that may facilitate cooperation in the resistant eating disorder patient.


Understanding the Medical Consequences of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious biologically based mental illnesses. Individuals who struggle with eating disorders often hide their illness, leading to delays in identification and treatment. This results in long periods of malnutrition that impacts all systems of the body. Presenter will discuss the hallmark features of eating disorder-related malnutrition, as well as the short and long-term medical consequences of untreated eating disorders. Attendees will learn how to identify eating disorders-related medical complications and will gain knowledge on the lasting effects of treatment delay.

Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

Ethical dilemmas often complicate treatment planning and clinical decision making in the treatment of eating disorders. Given the physical and cognitive compromise that many patients face, the provider’s ethical principles may be in conflict. This interactive program will discuss the ethical challenges that eating disorder treatment providers may face, will review current literature specific to eating disorders and medical ethics, and afford attendees the opportunity to process their approach to ethical dilemmas they have faced.

  • 8:00 am Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:45 am Understanding the Medical Consequences of Eating Disorders Kerry Landry, MD, MS
  • 10:15 am Break and refreshments
  • 10:30 am Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders Elisha Contner-Wilkins, MS, LMFT, CEDS
  • 12:00 pm Adjourn


This program will provide 3 continuing education credits.

Veritas Collaborative is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Veritas Collaborative maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity is pending approval as a continuing provider education activity by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Disclosure Statement: Veritas Collaborative conforms to APA Ethical Standards and continuing education standards and criteria. All speakers are required to disclose any commercial relationships or conflicts of interest at the educational activity.