Mireia OrgilésMiguel Hernández University, Spain
Emotional powers for happy children: Effectiveness of the Super Skills Programme in Spanish children
The Super Skills program is a transdiagnostic prevention program, based on cognitive-behavioral therapy, aimed at reducing anxiety and depression in children. The program includes training in social skills, behavioral activation and video feedback with cognitive preparation as part of the intervention. The original program, which was developed by Professors Essau and Ollendick, has demonstrated its efficacy in international studies and its adaptation in Spain has scientific evidence in the reduction of children’s emotional problems. The aim of the symposium is to present the Spanish version of the Super Skills program and to inform about the studies carried out at the moment with Spanish children from 6 to 12 years old. In this line, the results of the program will be presented when it is applied both in group format and individually with children with anxiogenic and depressive symptoms. In addition, its effectiveness will be shown in a clinical sample of children with a primary diagnosis of anxiety or depression, and finally the first results will be offered when the program is applied to children with behavioral problems and/or hyperactivity, accompanied by family intervention
Mireia Orgilés is a professor in the area of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment at the Miguel Hernández University. She teaches child psychological treatment and directs from the beginning the Master’s Degree in Psychological Therapy with Children and Adolescents. Her research focuses on the evaluation and treatment of child and adolescent emotional problems, especially anxiety disorders. She is the author of the manuals Psychological Therapy with Children and Adolescents, Psychological and Educational Intervention with Children and Adolescents, Separation Anxiety and Treating… the Phobia of Darkness in Childhood, among others. She is a member of the AITANA research group and associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents. Her teaching and research activity complements her clinical practice, being an advisor to the Child Behavior Therapy Unit of the University Clinic of the Miguel Hernández University.