Partnering for Change: An Evidence-based Program to Enhance Students’ Psychological Coping
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Post-secondary students are reporting increasing levels of distress. A common theme across presenting concerns identified by students seeking mental health support at [a large Canadian university’s counselling centre] is emotional dysregulation. Starting in Fall 2020, [the institution’s] Student Wellness Services collaborated with researchers to provide an abbreviated, virtual version of the evidence-based Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP). UP is a generalized form of cognitive behavioral therapy that treats numerous mental health issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, PTSD). Preliminary data analysis demonstrated decreased anxiety and improved emotional regulation among participants. Students cited increased understanding of emotions, triggers and mindfulness strategies as improving their psychological coping skills.

Learning Objective 1:
learn about an evidence-based virtual intervention for post-secondary mental health
Learning Objective 2:
discuss building research-practice partnerships on a post-secondary campus
Learning Objective 3:
explore lessons learned in transitioning mental health interventions to the virtual domain
Evaluation, Research, Assessment
Session Type
Virtual Session Link