Elisha Contner Wilkins is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist – Supervisor. She has approximately 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rollins College, she went on to achieve a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Stetson University. As an undergraduate student, she set a career goal of becoming a therapist and Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, as she recognized the gap in services that is prevalent in many communities, as well as the need for education for healthcare providers and ongoing advocacy efforts. Elisha has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including therapeutic foster care, outpatient community mental health, private practice, schools, and hospitals, providing direct patient care. She has additional training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family-Based Treatment, and systemic modalities. She has focused much of her career on exclusively working with eating disorders in private practice and higher levels of care. She has been instrumental in developing eating disorder programs at various levels of care, one of which is Veritas Collaborative Virginia. Outside of her clinical and administrative responsibilities, she has extensive experience educating parents, families, school personnel, and other professionals on eating disorders. She also enjoys providing supervision and training to educate, train, and nurture the next generation of eating disorder professionals. She has presented at local and national conferences and is the President of the Richmond IAEDP Chapter.
Pre-Symposium Workshop Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
During this presentation, individuals will review common ethical principles used in mental health and eating disorder treatment. The primary goal will be to use this forum to start a dialogue among eating disorder providers to develop a forum to support each other with difficult decisions in eating disorder treatment. This presentation will also discuss involuntary hospitalizations as well as the risks of remaining at a lower level of care when a higher level of care is clinically and medically indicated. We will end with a panel of our esteemed colleagues who will walk through a series of ethical dilemmas and discuss how to problem-solve.
Presentation Tough-talk: Having Difficult Treatment Conversations with Patients and their Support System
There are many challenging conversations that arise during the treatment of eating disorders. Clinicians of all disciplines must develop the ability to manage these difficult conversations in an honest, transparent, and nuanced manner. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary panel of experts to work through typical questions encountered during eating disorders care. Disciplines include psychotherapy, psychiatry, primary medicine, and nutrition. In addition, participants will work through material from case studies and their own practices to enhance this important skill set.