Minority Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders

PRESENTER: Veronica Delgado, MA, LPC

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will discuss the presence of minority identified individuals in eating disorder treatments and why current figures are not representative of the general population. This presentation will also suggest some “best practices” for treating minority identified individuals including special considerations to make for specific identities and guide providers through how to initiate and engage in conversations regarding minority status. OBJECTIVES: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Articulate at least two barriers faced by BIPOC when seeking treatment for an eating disorder.

  2. Articulate at least two “best practices” for working with minority-identifying clients.

  3. Articulate at least two phrases that they can use to explore power dynamics based on minority status with clients.

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Veronica Delgado, MA, LPC

Veronica Delgado is a Latinx art therapist who uses she/her pronouns and currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Veronica holds a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University and a M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Veronica’s draws from feminist, psychodynamic, socio-cultural, and person-centered theoretical orientations for both group and individual psychotherapy. Clinically Veronica is interested in the intersection of eating disorders and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and minority identities. Veronica works in residential and partial hospitalization levels of care treating patients diagnosed with eating disorders and other comorbid conditions.