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The Unified Protocol: Transdiagnostic CBT Treatment of Co-occurring Anxiety, Depressive, and Related Disorders

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Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD
1 Hour 05 Minutes
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Dec 14, 2022
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When you work in community mental health your caseloads are diverse. Clients have any number of conditions, and more often than not, more than one at the same time. But the explosion of specific treatment manuals for each DSM disorder can leave you wondering – how do I find the time to learn all of these approaches? And with distinct required trainings for each modality, agencies can struggle as the costs stack up. Now there’s a better way. Proven effective in over 70 rigorous clinical trials, the Unified Protocol allows you to target core deficits across the neurotic spectrum so you can simultaneously reduce symptomology of co-occurring disorders with just one protocol. In this session you’ll join, Dr. Shannon Sauer-Zavala, co-developer of the UP, as she introduces you to the transdiagnostic emotion-focused treatment principles and strategies already being used by thousands of clinicians for improved treatment outcomes.


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.



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Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD, is co-developer of the Unified Protocol and the founding director of the Unified Protocol Institute at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. She has provided training and consultation in the Unified Protocol to clinicians all over the world. In addition to over 15 years' experience as a clinical psychologist providing evidence-based treatments, Dr. Sauer-Zavala maintains a prolific research career focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms (particularly high-risk symptoms such as suicidal thoughts and behaviors) and using this information to develop more targeted, easily disseminated intervention strategies. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky (UK) and is the founding director of Clinical Services at the UK Clinic for Emotional Health. Dr. Sauer-Zavala completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UK, her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center, and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University. Her research has been supported by NIMH, NIAAA, Templeton Foundation, the Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Dr. Sauer-Zavala has co-authored over 100 scholarly publications and three books, including workbook and therapist guides on the Unified Protocol for Oxford's Treatments That Work Series, as well as Neuroticism: A New Framework for Emotional Disorders and Their Treatment, with David Barlow.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Shannon Sauer-Zavala has employment relationships with the University of Kentucky and Boston University. She receives grants from NIMH and The John Templeton Foundation. Dr. Sauer-Zavala receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Shannon Sauer-Zavala a member of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, the Association for Psychological Science, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and the APA Division 12.


  1. Develop a unified, transdiagnostic case conceptualization for patients presenting with comorbid emotional disorders.  
  2. Apply emotion-focused treatment principles and strategies (e.g., objective monitoring, mindfulness training, cognitive flexibility, reduction of emotional avoidance and maladaptive emotion driven behaviors) to patients presenting with comorbid emotional disorders.  
  3. Analyze the research support for the Unified Protocol. 


  • Conceptual Development of the Unified Protocol  
  • Empirical Support for the UP 
  • Review of Core UP Treatment Modules 
  • Risks and limitations 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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