Category: Treatment - Other

Master Clinician Seminar

Master Clinician Seminar 7 - An Interactive Demonstration of the Unified Protocol for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children (UP-C)

Saturday, November 18
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Location: Sapphire 400, Level 4, Sapphire Level

Keywords: Transdiagnostic | Child Anxiety | Child Depression
Presentation Type: Master Clinician Seminar
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

The Unified Protocol for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children (UP-C) is a developmentally sensitive adaptation of the Unified Protocols for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Adolescents (UP-A) and adults (UP). A recent, randomized controlled trial suggests that the UP-C conveys effects similar to an empirically supported CBT protocol targeting anxiety disorders in youth, with potential advantages in terms of management of co-occurring sadness or depression symptoms and uptake of core strategies like cognitive reappraisal in favor of the UP-C. Research on the adolescent and adult UP models further supports the potential efficacy of these approaches in treating a variety of emotional disorder conditions in youth. Traditionally, children with either anxiety or depressive disorders, as well as co-occurring obsessive-compulsive and trauma and other-stressor related disorders, have been included in evaluations of the UP's efficacy and effectiveness. The UP-C is written as a group therapy model and the implementation of its flexible, transdiagnostic principles across a range of negative emotions (fear, sadness, anger, etc.) and symptom types can be a challenge for clinicians new to the approach, particularly in the group format. The purpose of this seminar will be to demonstrate the flexibility of the UP-C manual and accompanying child and parent workbook by staging a mock group, led by the treatment developer, in which doctoral student trainees certified in the UP-C approach will portray youth with a variety of emotional disorder concerns. This demonstration will be preceded by a brief overview of the UP-C rationale and session content. During the mock group, components from several key sessions in the UP-C will be demonstrated and typical responding from youth with co-occurring and challenging emotional disorder presentations will be portrayed. Audience members will have the opportunity to query both the presenter and mock group members about their choices in this role-play activity. Attendees will receive worksheets and other materials utilized by the presenter with the mock group to follow along as these materials are reviewed.


Earn 2 continuing education credits

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Recommended Reading: Ehrenreich-May, J., & Chu, B.C. (Eds.). (2013). Transdiagnostic mechanisms and treatment of youth psychopathology. New York: Guilford.
Bilek, E.L., & Ehrenreich-May, J. (2013). An open trial investigation of a transdiagnostic group treatment for children with anxiety and depressive symptoms. Behavior Therapy, 43, 887-897. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2012.04.007
Ehrenreich-May, J., Rosenfield, D., Queen, A. H., Kennedy, S. M., Remmes, C., & Barlow, D. (2016). An initial waitlist-controlled trial of the Unified Protocol for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Adolescents. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 46, 46-55.

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