A unified protocol for the group treatment of childhood anxiety and depression

Jill Ehrenreich-May, Emily L. Bilek, Alexander H. Queen, Juventino Hernandez Rodriguez

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Childhood anxiety and mood disorders are common and are associated with high levels of impairment. These disorders share a common etiology and risk factors, and are often experienced concurrently. While evidence-based interventions for youth anxiety and depressive disorders do exist, children experiencing this common comorbidity tend to experience weaker treatment outcomes in anxiety or depression focused treatments as compared to youth suffering from either disorder alone. Researchers are now investigating transdiagnostic interventions, which have potential to target common vulnerability factors and address a wider range of concerns. The Unified Protocol for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children: Emotion Detectives (UP-C: ED) is a transdiagnostic treatment that implements a set of core principles to address common factors underlying youth anxiety and depressive disorders in a group setting. Theoretical underpinnings of the UP-C: ED are discussed along with an in-depth presentation of treatment content. A case study is also presented detailing initial intake, treatment conceptualization, treatment, and treatment outcomes using this modality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-236
Number of pages18
JournalRevista de Psicopatologia y Psicologia Clinica
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2012


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Group treatment
  • School-age children
  • Transdiagnostic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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