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Neuroticism: A New Framework for Emotional Disorders and their Treatment
Friday, June 03, 2022, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Category: In-Person Continuing Education Event

Neuroticism: A New Framework for Emotional Disorders and their Treatment, 3.0 CE

Friday, June 3, 2022, Virtually, from 9:00 AM EST - 12:00 PM EST

Co-sponsored by The Kentucky Psychological Association, The Kentucky Psychological Foundation, and the University of Kentucky Harris Psychological Services Center
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Presented by Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D. 

Workshop Description: 

Neuroticism—the tendency to experience negative emotions, along with the perception that the world is filled with stressful, unmanageable challenges—is strongly associated with anxiety, depression, and other common mental health conditions. This workshop will demonstrate how targeting this trait in psychotherapy can benefit a broad range of clients and reduce the need for disorder-specific interventions. The presenter will describe and illustrate evidence-based therapies that address neuroticism directly, including her own Unified Protocol for transdiagnostic treatment. She will examine how neuroticism develops and is maintained its relation to psychopathology, and its implications for how psychological disorders are classified and diagnosed. Skill Level: Intermediate

Workshop Objectives: 

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Articulate the public health implications of neuroticism, as well as the rationale for target this trait in treatment instead of focusing on symptoms
  • Describe the therapeutic strategies (e.g., mindfulness, exposure) that have shown promising in addressing neuroticism.
  • Describe how personality traits are integrated into cutting-edge models of psychopathology, and how this information can be used to craft treatment plans.

About the Presenter: 

Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky (UK) and is the founding Director of Clinical Services at the UK Clinic for Emotional Health. Dr. Sauer-Zavala received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UK in 2011; she completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University. She then spent seven years on the faculty in BU’s Department of Psychological and Brain Science before returning home to UK in 2019. Her research is focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms (particularly high-risk symptoms such as suicidal thoughts and behaviors) and using this information to develop more targeted, easily-disseminated intervention strategies. Her research has been supported by NIMH, NIAAA, Templeton Foundation, the Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Dr. Sauer-Zavala has co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters, and three books. In particular, she is a co-developer of the Unified Protocol and the founding director of the Unified Protocol Institute; she remains involved in consultation and training for this intervention.


The presentation is intended for mental health, health, and public health professionals and students, as well as for professionals in related fields and for consumers, family members, and advocates interested in influencing public policy. The information gained is applicable across settings, as advocacy is a useful tool to understand and master, regardless of the specific focus of personal and professional activities and interests.

Registration Fees:


Registrant Type

Registration Fee

UK Faculty/Staff or KPA Member


Non-UK or KPA Member


Student (No CE Credit)



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Event Location:

 This is a virtual event - attendees will receive information via email to access this workshop's virtual platform prior to the event. 


Cancellation Policy

All refund requests must be in writing to KPA, 8004 Lyndon Centre Way, Suite 202, Louisville, KY 40222, or by email to [email protected]

CE Credits/Attendance

This program has been approved for 6 CE credits by the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA). 

KPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. KPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. KPA is also an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology. 

Social Workers & Art Therapists:
KPA is an approved sponsor for the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Professional Art Therapists. (Provider #1004)

Pastoral Counselors: 
KPA is approved to offer Continuing Education to Pastoral Counselors as stated in 201 KAR 38:070, Section 3(1)(b) as an approved KBEP provider.

Licensed Professional Counselors
This workshop was approved on February 2, 2022, by the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

Drug & Alcohol Counselors

This workshop is approved for CE Credits by the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and the Kentucky Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.