The Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents (UP-C/UP-A)  present the compelling idea that there may be a more efficient method of presenting effective strategies, such as those commonly included in CBT and third-wave behavior therapies, in order to simultaneously address an array of emotional disorder concerns in children and adolescents. 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 webinar will provide a comprehensive introduction to 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. Case illustrations and brief technique demonstrations throughout the webinar will help illustrate the flexible nature of the UP-C and UP-A materials and how they may be utilized in a clinician-directed manner to optimize and personalize treatment outcomes.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

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

Instructor

Dr. Jill Ehrenreich-May is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami with expertise in the treatment of anxiety and depression in youth and the development, evaluation and implementation of evidence-based therapy protocols for children and adolescents with such disorders. Her currently funded work in this area includes effectiveness trials regarding treatment of youth emotional distress in community settings (including both community mental health clinics and preschools). Dr. Ehrenreich-May received her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida and her Ph.D at the University of Mississippi in 2002.  She completed a clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center and until August 2008 was a Research Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Child Program in the Center for Anxiety and Disorders at Boston University. She currently directs the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program at the University of Miami, which provides UP-C and UP-A related research services to the community. She is currently the Science Committee Chair for Division 53 of APA and a former Child and Adolescent Anxiety SIG Leader for ABCT. Dr. Ehrenreich-May's research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and other funding agencies in the Unified States and internationally.

Licensing and Continuing Education Requirements

Evidence-Based Practice Institute (EBPI) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. EBPI maintains responsibility for the program and its content. EBPI has allocated 1 hour of continuing education within APA guidelines for this course.  After attending the webinar, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

EBPI has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6898. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. EBPI is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. EBPI has allocated 1 CE Hour for this course. After attending the webinar, a CE certificate will be emailed to the attendee.

Note: Licensing and continuing education requirements vary by state. Please contact your state's regulatory authority to verify if this course meets licensing and/or continuing education requirements. You may also contact our CE department at support@ebpi.org or by calling 206-455-7934 ext. 81.

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This is an On-Demand course that includes a video recording and a handout of slides that accompany the talk.