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The Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents One-Day Training

Friday, January 17, 2020 · 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The child and adolescent Unified Protocols frame treatment strategies in the general language of strong or intense emotions and promote change through a common lens that can be flexibly adapted across youth emotional disorders, including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders and others, sub-threshold presentations of such or combinations of these problem areas. Specifically, the UP-C and UP-A help youth by allowing them to focus on a straightforward goal across emotional disorders: reducing intense negative emotion states by extinguishing the distress and anxiety these emotions produce through emotion-focused education, awareness techniques, cognitive strategies, problem-solving and an array of behavioral strategies, including a full-range of exposure and activation techniques. This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to both the UP-A, a modular, individual therapy for adolescents; and, a more structured, group therapy for children (UP-C), the latter of which also includes a full parent-directed curriculum to aid parents in managing their own strong emotions in the context of youth distress and dysregulation. Following a brief review of the rationale for the UP-C and UP-A, the clinical content of this intervention approach will be discussed to illustrate the flexible nature of the UP-C and UP-A materials, its similarities and distinctions from traditional CBT and parent training models and how UP materials may be utilized in a clinician-directed manner to optimize and personalize treatment outcomes.

About the trainer

Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Assistant Department Chair for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of Miami. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2002 and prior to joining the faculty at the University of Miami, was a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Dr. Ehrenreich-May is the author of over 120 published works, including several treatment manuals, books and peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Ehrenreich-May’s currently funded research includes effectiveness trials regarding treatment of youth emotional distress in community settings. She has a particular interest in transdiagnostic interventions for youth with emotional disorders that is predicated on the rationale that such disorders have substantial phenotypic overlap and respond to similar principles of change. She currently has research funding from NIH and several foundation sources to support this work.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. List two reasons for utilizing a transdiagnostic approach when treating emotional disorders in children and adolescents,
  2. Identify the primary mechanism of change in the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents.
  3. List the youth-directed core modules and session content contained within the UP-C and the UP-A.
  4. Identify the four emotional parenting behaviors targeted in the parent-directed sessions and modules of the UP-C and UP-A.