Psychology Seminar | Transdiagnostic intervention for emotional and behavioural problems in children and adolescents | Thursday August 11th 1-2pm

Thursday 11 August 2016 – 1 – 2 pm

Room 526 Hughes Building

Presented by Professor Cecilia A Essau University of Roehampton, United Kingdom

Abstract: Up to 25% of those below 18 years of age are affected by emotional and behavioural problems which cause significant distress and impairment in major life domains. Most existing intervention programmes have been designed for specific disorders with little consideration on the presence of comorbid conditions. “Super Skills for Life” (SSL) is a transdiagnostic treatment procotocol for children with emotional and behavioural problems. It has five core principles: (1) it is based on a transdiagnostic approach by targeting common core risk factors of comorbid disorders; (2) it is based on the principles of CBT; (3) it uses video feedback with cognitive preparation to help children enhance their self-perception; (4) it uses the principle of behavioural activation by having children increase their activity levels and participate in positive and rewarding activities, which in turn can help to improve their mood and overall self-esteem; (5) finally, it teaches children basic skills to use during social interactions to help increase their experience of successful outcomes from the interactions. SSL is currently being implemented in over 70 primary schools in the UK to prepare children to move from primary to secondary school, and is available in 7 languages. Its adolescent adaption, “Life Skills for Success”, is currently being implemented in 5 settings including in Pupil Referral Units in London. Findings from various studies using these two programmes will be presented.

 Speaker: Professor Essau was born and raised on Borneo Island, and obtained a PhD from the University of Konstanz (Germany). She has held a number of academic positions in Canadian, Austrian, and German universities before joining the University of Roehampton in 2004. Professor Essau was the first Iban woman ever to hold a PhD and is the only Iban-speaking academic psychologist in the world. She currently holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Adelaide and in 2011 was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Her research focuses on understanding the interacting factors that can lead children and adolescents to have serious emotional and behavioural problems. She uses this research to (a) enhance the assessment of childhood and adolescent psychopathology and (b) design more effective interventions to prevent and treat such problems.

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