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Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents

General Information

Title: Using Brief Versions of the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents to Support Caregivers, Children and Adolescents Expanding Your Therapeutic Toolbox

Presenter: Jill Ehrenreich-May, PhD and Niza Tonarely-Busto, PhD

Dates: Monday-Wednesday, July 15-17, 2024. 12 PM- 3 PM ET each day

Fee: $400. Earlybird discount (until 6/15) $325. Student fee $125. Includes full technical support, handouts, 9 CE credits, and access to recordings for 2 months.

Venue: Online Webinar

CE Credits: 9

Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Description

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. These techniques have been used in brief 4- and 5-session formats across several service grants and implementation projects via telehealth, making these briefer versions of the UP useful to support caregivers, children and adolescents, respectively.

 

This workshop will be sub-divided into 3 parts to provide an introduction to brief UP models for (1) caregivers of school-age children, which utilizes both aspects of the adult Unified Protocol and the caregiver-directed component of the Unified Protocol for Children (UP-C); (b) brief UP-A, which adapts a modular, individual therapy for adolescents; and (3) brief UP-C for children ages 6-12. Following a brief review of the rationale for the UP-C and UP-A, the clinical content of each intervention approach will be discussed using video examples and brief technique demonstrations to illustrate the brief, flexible nature of these UP-Caregiver, UP-C and UP-A materials, its similarities and distinctions from traditional CBT and parent training models and how these brief UP materials may be utilized in a clinician-directed manner to optimize and personalize treatment outcomes.

 

Instructors

Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at the University of Miami. At Miami, she also serves at the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology and is the Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) Program, a research clinic that serves the South Florida and broader community through an array of evidence-based service and research projects on youth psychotherapy. Dr. Ehrenreich-May graduated from the University of Mississippi with her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2002 and worked at University of Central Florida and Boston University before moving to the University of Miami in 2008. Best known as the developer of several psychotherapy manuals for youth emotional concerns, such as the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents and Mastery of Youth Anxiety and Panic for Adolescents, amongst others, Dr. Ehrenreich-May’s work focuses on both understanding, optimizing, and innovating in terms of youth psychotherapy approaches for problems like anxiety, depression, irritability, and OCD in children and families. Recently, her research has focused primarily on dissemination and implementation of culturally- and contextually sensitive applications of her youth psychotherapy manuals. Dr. Ehrenreich-May is a notable mentor, clinical trainer, and collaborator in this domain, with scholars and clinicians amongst her former students and international applications of her psychotherapy approaches abundant. She has grants from local community agencies in South Florida, foundation sources, and federal agencies to support her current psychotherapy research and the services available in CAMAT. Dr. Ehrenreich-May has held several prominent service roles on the University- and national levels in the United States, perhaps most notably as the 2022-2023 President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Dr. Niza Tonarely-Busto is a licensed psychologist who serves as the Clinical Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Program at the University of Miami. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and a bilingual evaluator and clinical supervisor in the Autism Spectrum Assessment Clinic (ASAC). She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami. She then completed her clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, with a specialization in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She has expertise in evaluating and treating youth with a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive, tics/Tourette, ASD, ADHD, and disruptive behavior disorders. She is a certified therapist in the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents (UP-C/A) and in PCIT. She also is a certified UP-C/A trainer and provides training and consultations in this treatment protocol. Dr. Tonarely-Busto’s clinical and research focuses on evaluating the efficacy of transdiagnostic treatments for youth emotional disorders, with a particular interest in identifying the strategies most efficient and effective in addressing distress tolerance in youth.  

Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Objectives

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

1. Explain the rationale for taking a brief, transdiagnostic approach to cognitive behavior therapy using the Unified Protocols for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders for Caregivers (UP-Caregiver), Children (UP-C) and Adolescents (UP-A)

2. Describe current research demonstrating the efficacy of the UP-C and UP-A

3. Discuss the brief 4-5 session versions of the clinical modules or sections of the UP-Caregiver, UP-C and UP-A that are recommended for use

4. Identify 4 emotional parenting behaviors and the opposite parenting behaviors encouraged in the UP-C and UP-A that are discussed in the Caregiver material

5. Participate in interactive clinical practice opportunities using behavioral rehearsal to increase comfort in using brief UP-Caregiver, UP-C and UP-A approaches

Application Deadline

July 15, 2024 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $25) until June 10, 2024.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).

Accessibility

Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level

Introductory

Level of clinician 

Introductory

Accessibility

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CE Information

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.

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Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.

 

References

Ehrenreich-May, J., Kennedy, S.M., Sherman, J.A., Bennett, S.M., & Barlow, D.H. (2018). Unified protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders in adolescents: Workbook. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ehrenreich-May, J., Kennedy, S.M., Sherman, J.A., Bilek, E.L. & Barlow, D.H. (2018). Unified protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders in children: Workbook. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ehrenreich-May, J., Kennedy, S.M., Sherman, J.A., Bilek, E.L., Buzzella, B.A., Bennett, S.M., & Barlow, D.H. (2018). Unified protocols for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders in children and adolescents: Therapist guide. New York: Oxford University Press.

 

Additional relevant publications:

Ehrenreich-May, J., Rosenfield, D., Queen, A. H., Kennedy, S. M., Remmes, C., & Barlow, D. (2018). An initial waitlist-controlled trial of the unified protocol for the treatment of emotional disorders in adolescents. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 46, 46-55. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2016.10.006

Hawks, J., Kennedy, S. M., Holzman, J., & Ehrenreich-May, J. (2019). Development and application of an innovative transdiagnostic treatment approach for pediatric irritability. Behavior Therapy. doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2019.07.004

Kennedy, S. M., Bilek, E. L. & Ehrenreich-May, J. (2019). A randomized controlled pilot trial of the unified protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders in children. Behavior Modification. doi:10.1177/0145445517753940

Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Schedule

Schedule for all 3 Workshops (only varies in terms of focus on UP-C , UP-A, and UP-Caregiver)

12 pm-12:45pm: Introduction and rationale for using brief versions of the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment for Emotional Disorders for Caregivers (UP-Caregiver), Children (UP-C) OR Adolescents (UP-A)

12:45-1:00pm: Considerations for UP delivery via telehealth

1:00-1:30pm: Overview of Brief UP Session 1: Motivation, Ideographic Assessment, Emotion Education

1:30-2:00pm: Overview of Brief UP Session 2: Opposite Action

2:00-2:30pm: Overview of Brief UP Session 3 and 4: Cognitive Strategies – Present-Moment Awareness and Cognitive Reappraisal

2:30pm-3:00pm: Optional Brief UP Content and Planning for the Future

Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents

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