The rationale for establishing the five WGs is the need to exchange knowledge and expertise between nationally funded research groups and perform systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and guidelines. This exchange will enable coordination of European efforts in determining which psychotherapy treatments will be most effective for each young individual (in the age range from 14–30 years) depending on the person’s developmental stage and needs. The exchange of knowledge will also help reveal the interaction effects between different psychotherapy modes and individual specific markers, as well as, the specific mechanisms of change that are involved in the process of youth therapy. In order for the WGs to best achieve their aims, they will include multi-disciplinary researcher groups, clinicians, psychotherapy training institutions, and representatives from young mental health user organisations.
WG1 and WG2 are closely related and will perform collaborative literature reviews and work closely together. WG3 and WG4 will work closely together and build their work on results from WG1 and WG2. WG5 works closely with MC and WG1-4.
Overview of the working groups:
Working Group 1: Specific Markers (Moderators)
Working Group 2: Mechanisms of Change (Mediators)
Working Group 3: Age Customized Process and Treatment Measures
Working Group 4: Age customized research designs
Working Group 5: Dissemination of Results and Communication with Stakeholders