Development and Implementation of a Transdiagnostic, Stepped-Care Approach to Treating Emotional Disorders in Children via Telehealth

Sarah M. Kennedy, Hillary Lanier, Alison Salloum, Jill Ehrenreich-May, Eric A. Storch

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Abstract

Stepped-care interventions may increase the accessibility of evidence-based treatments but remain relatively underexplored in the child mental health literature. Further, while the feasibility and efficacy of stepped-care interventions have been examined for specific diagnoses or classes or disorders, transdiagnostic stepped-care interventions have not yet been developed. We discuss the development and initial implementation of a transdiagnostic approach to emotional disorders using the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children (UP-C; Ehrenreich-May et al., 2018). A case series is presented to illustrate the delivery of UP-C stepped care (UPC-SC) via telehealth, using a collaborative decision-making process to inform step-up/step-down decisions. Lessons learned are discussed to guide refinements of UPC-SC and inform a larger trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-363
Number of pages14
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • child
  • stepped care
  • telehealth
  • transdiagnostic
  • treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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