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(p. 17) Transdiagnostic Assessment and Case Formulation: Rationale and Application with the Unified Protocol 

(p. 17) Transdiagnostic Assessment and Case Formulation: Rationale and Application with the Unified Protocol
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(p. 17) Transdiagnostic Assessment and Case Formulation: Rationale and Application with the Unified Protocol
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Hannah Boettcher

and Laren R. Conklin

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190255541.003.0002
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date: 17 November 2019

This chapter describes a transdiagnostic, emotion-focused approach to case formulation that facilitates individualized application of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP). We begin by highlighting the advantages of dimensional assessment and classification in the domain of emotional disorders. Next, we describe the elements of case conceptualization essential to the UP, including assessment of strong uncomfortable emotions, aversive reactions to emotional experiences, and efforts to escape or avoid these experiences. We provide examples of such processes, suggestions for how to elicit relevant information from patients, and a worksheet for conducting case formulation within the UP framework. Finally, we preview a recently developed self-report instrument that uses dimensional assessment to yield a transdiagnostic profile of emotional disorder features, which may further facilitate treatment planning.

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