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Evidence-based mental health treatments (EBTs), on average, outperform treatment-as-usual, but there are multiple barriers to use them. First, selecting an appropriate EBT among the hundreds that have been developed can be overwhelming. Second, many EBTs require extensive post-graduate training which can be expensive and time consuming. Third, historically, EBTs have been developed for specific diagnoses or presenting problems. Most clinicians provide services to caseloads that include a range of different diagnoses and increasingly to clients with co-occurring conditions. This means that clinicians would need to master a battery of EBTs to address the myriad of presenting concerns in their caseloads. These challenges hamper EBT utilization.
Fortunately, there are EBTs designed to reduce these barriers. Transdiagnostic (I.e., cross-diagnostic) EBTs have been developed to provide a one-treatment solution for a wide variety of presenting problems. These treatments target core processes found across multiple disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, and other mood-related disorders). Clinicians are trained in one treatment and can customize it by selecting the most applicable modules for a client’s situation. Transdiagnostic approaches have been implemented at-scale in large public mental health systems. They are effective and efficient uses of agency resources.
- Conference participants will be able to provide rationale for the utilization of transdiagnostic treatments.
- Conference participants will be able to apply transdiagnostic treatment techniques in their clinical work.