Do Transdiagnostic Interventions Work for Childhood Emotional Problems? 10 Years of Study on the SUPER SKILLS Program

In recent years, transdiagnostic interventions have emerged as a promising approach to intervene in childhood emotional problems. As a differentiating aspect of specific interventions, the transdiagnostic approach addresses the common processes or factors that underlie all emotional problems, facilitating their prevention or reduction with the same protocol. The Super Skills program, originally Anglo-Saxon, has been adapted to the Spanish school population, and various studies have been carried out to determine its effectiveness. More than 10 years of study have shown that the program is effective as an indicated prevention and treatment program. In controlled trials it has been shown to reduce anxiety, depression and other comorbid problems in children aged 6 to 12 years. Efficacy studies have been carried out with individual, group and self-administered applications in a multimedia format. The conference aims to delve into the 10-year research of the Spanish version of the program and highlight the usefulness and effectiveness of transdiagnostic interventions, as a resource of great therapeutic value for youth.


Miguel Hernandez University, Elche, Alicante. Spain

Professor of Psychological Treatment at Miguel Hernandez University, where she researches emotional problems in childhood and directs the University Master’s Degree in Psychological Therapy with Children and Adolescents since its inception in 2011. She is a member of the Analysis, Intervention, and Applied Therapy with Children and Adolescents research group (AITANA Group). She has published over 200 scientific papers and is a co-author or editor of manuals such as “Treating… fear of the dark in childhood,” “Step-by-Step Treatment of Psychological Problems in Childhood and Adolescence”, or “Psychological Strength and Prevention of Emotional Difficulties”. She manages the Psychology Area of the Scientific and Technical Coordination, Evaluation, and Monitoring Division of the State Research Agency. She is an associate director of the Journal of Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents, a specialized journal in the psychopathology and intervention of psychological problems in the child and adolescent population. Since 2020, she has been a co-founder of a spin-off based in the scientific park of Miguel Hernández University, dedicated to the transfer to society of psychological interventions with scientific evidence.