Skill Acquisition During Transdiagnostic Treatment With the Unified Protocol

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Anthony J. Rosellini, Kate H. Bentley, Amantia A. Ametaj, James F. Boswell, Clair Cassiello-Robbins, Julianne Wilner Tirpak, Todd J. Farchione, David H. Barlow

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Abstract

The Unified Protocol (UP) for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders is an emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioral intervention developed to address the full range of anxiety, depressive, and related disorders. The UP consists of core therapeutic skills that, though unique in focus, are each designed to promote an approach-oriented stance toward emotional experiences. The goal of the present investigation was to characterize changes in these skills for patients that received a course of treatment with the UP, as well as to examine associations between skills and symptoms changes. Patients with principal anxiety disorders, assigned to receive treatment with the UP (N = 88) as part of a randomized controlled trial, were included in this study. They completed validated self-report measures of UP skills (Understanding Emotions, Mindful Emotion Awareness, Cognitive Flexibility, Countering Emotional Behaviors, and Interoceptive Awareness and Tolerance), as well as clinician-rated measures of psychological symptoms. Skill measures improved significantly over the course of 12 to 16 UP treatment sessions and changes in these skills measures were associated with improvements in anxiety symptoms. Determining whether improvement on all the skills learned during a course of treatment with UP is associated with symptom remission is critical to establishing the most streamlined and efficient interventions that may ultimately be best suited to widespread dissemination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1325-1338
Number of pages14
JournalBehavior Therapy
Volume52
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

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Keywords

  • Unified Protocol
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • skills
  • transdiagnostic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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