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Clinical training: Emotion Regulation Group Skills Training for Adolescents and Parents

Friday, 1 March, 2019 - 09:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Psychology and Educational Sciences
Brussels University Consultation Center

Prof. Maria Zetterqvist - Emotion Regulation Group Skills Training for Adolescents and Parents

Dr. Kristina Holmqvist Larsson & Prof. Maria Zetterqvist - Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden 

Abstract: Difficulties with emotion regulation have been identified as an underlying mechanism in mental health. In this scientific lecture we will present results from a pilot study aimed at examining whether group skills training in emotion regulation for adolescents and parents as an add-on intervention was feasible in an outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric clinic. We also investigated if the treatment increased knowledge and awareness of emotions and their functions, increased emotion regulation skills, and decreased self-reported symptoms of anxiety and depression. Six skills training groups were piloted with a total of 20 adolescents and 21 adults. The treatment consisted of five sessions dealing with psychoeducation about emotions and emotion regulation skills training. The primary outcome measure Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale showed significant improvement after treatment for both adolescents and parents. For adolescents, measures of alexithymia were significantly reduced. Also, emotional awareness, was significantly increased. Measures of depression and anxiety did not change. We will also present some data on adolescents’ and parents’ own evaluation of participating in the skills training. In conclusion, group skills training as an add-on treatment can be feasible and effective and further studies are needed.


The clinical training is held on Friday 1th of March from 9u-15u30, at 3B213 at the Brussels Humanities, Sciences and Engineering Campus (Building B, 3rd floor, room 3B213, Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels).

Please register for the scientific seminar and/or clinical training via brucc@vub.be or www.brucc.be