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Claritycon is an annual educational conference that explores the internal and external factors that impact the emotional, psychological and social well-being of young people. Since its creation in 2013, the conference has grown to reach over 500 attendees ranging from educators, therapists, nurses, social workers, and mental health professionals.


Esperanza’s Executive Director, Susan C Mengden, PhD, CGP, CEDS-C, will be presenting twice on the 18th. Her presentations are:

11:15A – 12:10P  | A Deeper Dive: Recognizing and Treating Underserved Eating Disorder Populations: Males, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+
Eating Disorders do not only occur in Cis-Gendered, Caucasian, higher SES, females. However, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and males with eating disorders often go unrecognized by healthcare professionals.  This presentation will discuss current literature on the occurrence of eating disorders in these populations as well as discuss the presentation of the symptoms and behaviors so to better enable the participants to recognize and treat these underserved eating disorder populations.


  • Learn the prevalence of eating disorders in the BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and male populations.
  • Be able to recognize the presentation of the ED symptoms in the BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and male populations.
  • Learn evidence-based modifications to eating disorder treatment for these populations


1:55P – 2:50P  |  The Common Co-Morbidities of Eating Disorders in Adolescents: NSSI, Suicidal Ideation, Substance Use, Trauma,  and Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Eating Disorders rarely present as stand-alone mental health conditions. This presentation will discuss the co-occurring diagnoses often seen in the adolescent with an eating disorder. Prevalence rates, descriptions of the symptoms and behaviors, and treatment considerations for the co-morbidities of NSSI, SI, SUD, Trauma, and Mood and Anxiety disorders will be presented.


  • Learn the prevalence of several co-occurring diagnoses with eating disorders.
  • Be able to identify the common co-morbidities often seen in the adolescent with an eating disorder.
  • Learn the evidence-based treatment considerations for eating disorders with the co-morbidities of NSSI, SI, SUD, Trauma, and Mood and Anxiety disorders.

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