The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children: Research and New Developments in Portugal.

The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in Children (UP-C) is a cognitive-behavioral therapy that adopts a transdiagnostic treatment approach to the simultaneous treatment of several emotional disorders (i.e., anxiety and depressive disorders), by addressing shared mechanisms underlying these disorders and applying a common set of strategies (e.g., exposure, mindfulness). It is an extension of the adult UP for children (7-13 years) that delivers the UP core components in an interactive and child-friendly group format with parentsparticipation. In this symposium, we will present some of the findings from the research projects that the Portuguese UP-C research team is currently developing. In the first communication, we will present the development of a blended version of the UP-C (i.e., a version that includes face-to-face, online self-guided and online therapist-guided sessions), as well as the study protocol for the randomized controlled trial that will be used to test its efficacy. The second communication will address the acceptability of blended psychological interventions for treating children’s emotional disorders among parents and mental health professionals. In the third communication, we will present the findings of a pilot study designed to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of a stepped care version of the UP-C in the Portuguese population. A fourth communication will present the study protocol and feasibility study of a child-centered version of the UP-C. Finally, the findings from the Portuguese efficacy trial of the standard version of the UP-C will be presented. 


University of Coimbra. Portugal

Helena Moreira is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Coimbra (UC), Portugal, as well as an Integrated Member of the Center for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention of the UC. Her primary research interests include the areas of perinatal mental health and the application of mindfulness and compassion to study of parenting. She has developed and tested the effectiveness of an Internet-based mindful parenting intervention for mothers in the postpartum period and is involved in several research projects in this area. She has also interest in the area of child mental health and has spent the last few years working on the development of alternative versions (stepped-care and blended versions) of the Unified Protocol for transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders in children for the Portuguese population.