PhD

Alyssa Kalata

Clinical Trainer, Veritas Collaborative

Bio Alyssa Kalata is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of North Carolina. After receiving both her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, she completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center with a focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Alyssa has served in various roles during her professional career, including Clinical Supervisor, Research and Program Development Associate, and Clinical Director working with patients with a wide range of mental health and substance use disorders at a large behavioral healthcare provider in Raleigh, NC.

Alyssa has a passion for the dissemination and implementation of empirically-supported treatments, particularly third-wave cognitive-behavioral therapies, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Values-Based Behavioral Activation (VBBA). Her areas of expertise include the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma-related concerns and symptoms. Alyssa firmly believes that all individuals and families have the right to competent, compassionate care and her approach to treatment is one that balances understanding and validation with a focus on cultivating change.

Breakout Presentation Enhancing Collaboration:  Multidisciplinary Eating Disorders Treatment Utilizing a DBT Framework

About the Presentation Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, an established treatment for eating disorders was originally conceptualized as a therapist-driven treatment. Multidisciplinary collaboration is essential in the treatment of eating disorders, and having a shared theoretical framework from which a treatment team can operate is useful in providing integrated care. Presenters will translate DBT principles and skills modules into a multidisciplinary context, highlighting the novelty of DBT-informed interventions. Participants will learn how to adapt techniques from all five modes of DBT in a way that applies to multidisciplinary eating disorders care. This will include an exploration of DBT skills training, with an emphasis on DBT skills that can assist patients in making behavior change with regard to eating disorder symptoms. Individual therapy strategies that can be adapted across disciplines also be explored, in addition to ways in which all providers can to assist patients with skills generalization through the application of strategies learned in their day-to-day lives. Finally, the benefits of establishing multidisciplinary DBT Consultation Teams to enhance patient motivation, coordinate care and reduce provider burnout will be discussed.