The Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents, based in groundbreaking research from Jill Ehrenreich-May, David H. Barlow, and colleagues, suggest that there may be a simpler and more efficient method of utilizing effective strategies, such as those commonly included in CBT and third-wave behavior therapies, in a manner that addresses the broad array of emotional disorder symptoms in children and
adolescents. The Unified Protocols for children and adolescents include a Therapist Guide with two full courses of therapy described (a modular, individual therapy for adolescents; and, a more structured, group therapy for children, complete with a full parent-directed component), as well as two Workbooks, one for
children along with their parents or caregivers, and one for adolescents.
The child and adolescent Unified Protocols frame effective strategies in the general language of strong or intense emotions and promote change through a common lens that applies across emotional disorders, including anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders and others. Specifically, the child and adolescent Unified Protocols 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.
Jill Ehrenreich-May, PhD is Professor of Psychology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami, where she also directs the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment Program. Dr. Ehrenreich-May is the author of over 135 published works, including several treatment manuals, books and peer-reviewed publications. She is perhaps best known as the developer of the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of
Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Dr. Ehrenreich-May's research includes effectiveness trials regarding treatment of youth emotional distress in community settings. Dr. Ehrenreich-May is also the incoming President-Elect for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Sarah M. Kennedy, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the development, evaluation, and implementation of youth transdiagnostic interventions across
settings. She has particular interest and expertise in adapting transdiagnostic, evidence-based interventions for acute psychiatric settings and community delivery, as well as in personalizing transdiagnostic interventions to optimize response. She has published widely in the areas of child anxiety and transdiagnostic interventions and consults on implementation of the Unified Protocols for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents (UP-C/A). She also provides
clinical services and training at Children's Hospital Colorado.