Optimizing Eating Disorder Treatment with DBT

Amy Kalasunas, LPCC-S, CCMHC

May 20-21, 2024
8:30am – 4:00pm Pacific Time
(11:30am – 7:00pm Eastern Time)


Presented via Zoom Video Communications


Presented By:
Amy Kalasunas, LPCC-S, CCMHC
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician™

Dean Malec, PhD

Dean Malec, PhD



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Despite the prevalence and severity of eating disorder diagnoses, relatively few mental health professionals receive formal training in how to treat them. The amount of medical, psychological, and nutritional knowledge required to effectively treat eating disorders is overwhelming at best. Additionally, clients presenting for eating disorder treatment can also have a variety of high-risk behaviors, including urges and thoughts of suicide and self-harming. This acuity, along with other behaviors that interfere with treatment, often derails otherwise front-line treatments.

Based in the theory and practices of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, this two-day workshop will provide an overview on assessing and diagnosing clients with eating disorders and includes specific decision points to guide a clinician on choosing the appropriate treatment. DBT has been effectively adapted to treat multi-diagnostic clients with eating disorders, and this training will focus on applying those adaptations. Instruction will include the theoretical and practical adaptations of each mode of comprehensive DBT to the treatment of eating disorders. This training incorporates up-to-date research outcomes, teaches theoretical and practical interventions, and offers hands-on practice for a clinician wanting to immediately expand their DBT skill set to the treatment of eating disorders. While this training assumes attendees have basic knowledge of comprehensive DBT, no prior knowledge of eating disorder treatments is required.


Upon completion of this two-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify gold standard evidence-based treatment models used to treat eating disorders and name the clinical indicators for choosing a specific modality.
  2. Understand the medical, psychological, and cognitive symptoms of eating disorders and how they inform case conceptualization and treatment interventions.
  3. Name core components of DBT theory and principles that inform treatment planning for clients with eating disorders.
  4. List key DBT strategies used to orient, commit, and engage a client during treatment of eating disorders.
  5. Understand the function of DBT skills groups, individual therapy sessions, phone coaching, and consultation team when treating clients with eating disorders.
  6. Practice setting a DBT individual therapy agenda that includes the active assessment of eating disorder symptoms.
  7. Understand the essential role of behavioral and solution analysis in treating clients with eating disorders.
  8. Identify specific examples of how DBT skills are used to treat clients with eating disorders.

Instructor | Amy Kalasunas (she/her), LPCC-S, CCMHC, is a behaviorist with over 20 years of experience working within evidence-based treatment models. She has extensive training in DBT and its sub-specialty area of DBT for Eating Disorders, as well as DBT- PE, and supervision and consultation team adherence practices. Kalasunas is a DBT LBC Certified Clinician, functions as co-chair of the DBT LBC Publications Committee and serves on the DBT-LBC Communications Committee. Her clinical work has included developing, implementing, and evaluating program outcomes across the spectrum of clinical milieus, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, Partial Hospitalization Programs, Intensive Outpatient Programs, community mental health agencies, specialty practice clinics, and private practice offices.

Instructor | Dean Malec (he/him), PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Director of Training for CEBTOhio. He completed his doctorate in counseling psychology from Cleveland State University in August 2020. Dr. Malec has received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior and Cognitive Behavioral therapies, and has worked with clients in settings such as university counseling centers, community based mental health, and eating disorder specialty clinics. He treats adolescents and adults with a variety of presenting problems, including eating disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, and difficulties with emotion regulation. Valuing evidence-based practices within


While all are welcome to attend, please know this workshop is designed for clinicians who are already familiar with comprehensive DBT and have little to no experience in treating eating disorders.


Participants who complete both training days will earn 12 CE hours.

Portland DBT Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6326.
Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Portland DBT Institute is solely is responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Individual Registration Fee

Group Registration Fee
(for 3 or more)
$325.00 per person
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A $60.00 handling fee will be deducted upon cancellation. Refund requests by fax or email must be received two weeks before the start date. In addition, the fees are non-transferrable.

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