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(p. 9) Basic Principles Underlying Treatment and Outline of the Treatment Procedures 

(p. 9) Basic Principles Underlying Treatment and Outline of the Treatment Procedures
(p. 9) Basic Principles Underlying Treatment and Outline of the Treatment Procedures

David H. Barlow

, Todd J. Farchione

, Shannon Sauer-Zavala

, Heather Murray Latin

, Kristen K. Ellard

, Jacqueline R. Bullis

, Kate H. Bentley

, Hannah T. Boettcher

, and Clair Cassiello-Robbins

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date: 14 April 2021

Chapter 2 of Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders: Therapist Guide notes that the Unified Protocol (UP) is based on traditional cognitive-behavioral principles, but the particular emphasis on the way individuals experience and respond to their emotions is unique in that it brings emotional processes to the forefront, making them available to fundamental psychological mechanisms of change. Core skills of the UP are introduced. These include mindful emotion awareness, which involves the practice of nonjudgmental, present-focused attention toward emotional experiences; challenging automatic thoughts related to external threats and internal threats and increasing cognitive flexibility; identifying and modifying problematic action tendencies, or emotional behaviors; increasing awareness and tolerance of physical sensations through interoceptive exposures; and engagement in emotion exercises. The chapter concludes with a description of the treatment modules.

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