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Unified Protocol

February 4 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders: Introductory Workshop

 With: Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D. (protocol developed by David Barlow, PhD)






DATE:          Monday, February 4th, 2019

TIME:           9AM-4PM

PLACE:        Palace Café (2603 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn) or remote participation (via Zoom)

FEE:                $200. Walk-ins $235.   Special rates for groups of 3 and groups of 10–please contact us at nachasconsulting@gmail.com for details.

Includes morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch, handouts and Continuing Education credits and Certificate.

Remote participation allows you to watch live via 2-way camera and includes  all handouts, CE credits & certificate, and full technical support (including facilitating live questions). Remote options include both the individual option which allows you to watch from the comfort of your own location or  the group option. Group option allows you to set up your site as a group site and have as many as you wish to join (please contact us for group pricing).

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register.


About the Workshop:

The Unified Protocol for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders is a cutting edge recently developed emotion-focused cognitive-behavioral (CBT) treatment. The UP can be used to treat a range of disorders including anxiety, depression, and related disorders. This is workshop will first briefly review evidence supporting the development of such transdiagnostic interventions. This will be followed by a description and demonstration of how to apply core UP treatment modules, along with the similarities and differences between the UP and traditional CBT. Audio and videotaped illustrations of core treatment interventions (e.g., mindful awareness, emotion exposures) will be presented, along with detailed case examples involving complex comorbidity. Attendees will be invited to participate in exercises as part of these demonstrations.

About the Unified Protocol: 

What is the Unified Protocol? The Unified Protocol (UP) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for individuals diagnosed with anxiety disorders, depression and related disorders (which they refer to as emotional disorders). It was developed by David Barlow and a team of researchers at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University. The UP is a transdiagnostic treatment, which means that it can be applied to a range of different disorders and problems (e.g., panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive thought/compulsions, depressed mood, impulsive behaviors). The overarching goal of the UP is to help patients learn news ways of responding to uncomfortable emotion that reduce symptoms across a patient’s range of problems. The UP combines elements such as mindfulness, cognitive therapy, and behavioral therapy.

The UP patient workbook and therapist guide are published as part of Oxford University Press’ Treatments that Work series, which only includes evidence-based interventions. The patient workbook is designed to function as a stand-alone self-help but it is most effective when used as part of a treatment with a therapist. The therapist guide is ideal for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and other mental health professionals.


 Meet the Instructor:


Shannon Sauer-Zavala completed her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. She completed her pre-doctoral training at Duke University Medical Center where she specialized in cognitive-behavioral interventions for individuals with severe mental illness and chronic medical problems. From there, Dr. Sauer Zavala moved to Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders to complete her post-doctoral fellowship under Dr. Barlow’s mentorship. Dr. Sauer-Zavala was promoted to faculty in BU’s Department of Psychology and currently divides her time between her research, clinical work, and dissemination efforts. Dr. Sauer-Zavala enjoys training others in research-supported  psychological treatments, particularly the UP, through her faculty role in BU’s clinical psychology Ph.D. program, as well as through the UP Institute’s workshops and certification programs. Her research is focused on identifying factors that maintain symptoms across broad classes of disorders and using this information to streamline treatment for commonly co-occurring diagnoses. She is especially interested in developing/refining treatments for borderline personality disorder with comorbid mood and anxiety disorders.

For information on Dr. Barlow, developer of the UP, please visit http://www.unifiedprotocol.com/Training/Meet-Our-Trainers/63/


CE Information:

Mental health professionals who participate in this course will receive 5.5 continuing education clock hours.

A continuing education certificate for the event will be obtained using the website, CE-Go. Approximately 3 days after the event, you will receive an email containing a link to CE-Go.   (This link will be sent to the email account you used to register for the event).

Upon accessing the CE-Go website, you will be able to:

  • Complete evaluation forms for the event (Mandatory to receive credit for each session)
  • Download your continuing education certificate in a PDF format

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the CE-Go process, please contact CE-Go at +1 888-498-5578 or by email at support@ce-go.com



8:30-9:00      Registration

9:00-10:30         Rationale for Transdiagnostic CBT

Empirical support for the Unified Protocol

Module 1 Motivation and Goal Setting

10:30-10:45       Break

10:45-12:00       Module 2: Understanding Emotions

Module 3: Mindful Emotion Awareness

12:00-1:00         Lunch

1:00 – 2:30        Module 4: Cognitive Flexibility

Module 5: Countering Emotional Behaviors

2:30 – 2:45        Break

2:45 – 4:00        Module 6: Interoceptive Exposures

Module 7: Emotion Exposures

Module 8: Relapse Prevention



Unified Protocol Registration

  • Price: $200.00 Quantity:
    Early Bird $200.00 until January 4, 2019
  • Please email us for details on discounts for group rates.
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February 4
8:00 am - 4:00 pm