Online training in Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment of trauma

This course, consisting of 4 weekly online meetings, is designed as an introduction to Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment (CFBT), its theoretical framework, evidence base, various clinical and field applications, and a mental healthcare model that enables cost-effective dissemination of treatment. It caters for the needs of individuals working (or considering work) with trauma survivors, particularly those who have to work with large numbers of trauma survivors (e.g. following major natural disasters, wars, widespread acts of political violence and torture, acts of terrorism) and who are therefore most likely to be in need of knowledge on brief and cost-effective assessment and treatment strategies. It should be of particular interest to policy-makers, NGOs, and other national or international organizations and mental health professionals concerned with care of survivors in the aftermath of all kinds of mass trauma events. The course covers a learning theory approach to trauma treatment and its implications for cost-effective care of mass trauma survivors.  

The main aim of the course is to help the participants acquire a learning theory understanding of trauma and its treatment. Also, It is important to understand that CFBT is not a psychotherapy program designed solely for psychological trauma. It also applies to stress problems arising from ordinary life events. It involves an “empowerment” approach that can encompass every conceivable individual or social intervention with a potential to enhance sense of control over stress and life in general. 

As training also provides sound-theory-and evidence-based insights into mechanisms of traumatic stress, thereby facilitating an understanding of the psychology behind individual and social responses to the current Coronavirus pandemic and effective ways of dealing with them, it is also likely to be of interest to a broad range of people beyond mental health professionals. 

To facilitate the learning process, the training program is supplemented by DABATEM’s publications on the subject and a highly structured Treatment Delivery Manual designed to assist therapists in delivery of CFBT. Although the latter is specific to earthquake trauma in its present form, it is likely to prove useful in understanding how the treatment can be structured in work with survivors of other traumas. The course participants are also provided various screening and assessment instruments developed by DABATEM to facilitate quick identification of cases in need of treatment and regular evaluation of progress in treatment.

While half of the course time is devoted to delivery of CFBT as a psychotherapy program, it is intended as an introductory-level training for those participants who have no previous experience with trauma survivors or exposure-based treatments. Participants with such experience, on the other hand, might find the course, together with supplementary material provided, sufficiently informative to enable them to use CFBT in their clinical practice. It is worth noting here that CFBT is a relatively simple and largely self-help-based treatment involving mainly live exposure instructions (and no systematic cognitive interventions) in trauma cases and, as such, easier to administer relative to other treatments.  

Online medium

The training will be delivered via ZOOM Meeting.

Course format

The course program consists of 4 weekly sessions, each lasting about 3 hours, including Q&A and discussion. The sessions will be conducted weekly on designated days (which can include weekends) and hours that best suit the participants. After each session the participants will be provided a selection of DABATEM’s publications relevant to the covered topics in order to afford a further opportunity to gain more detailed knowledge of CFBT and a better understanding of its evidence base.

Due to possible participation from different time zones around the world, the optimal timing of the sessions on the course days will be determined in consultation with the participants. Every effort will be made to select a day of the week (weekends included) and the start time during the day that will suit as many participants as possible. 

Date of forthcoming course

There are no set dates for the course. A date will be scheduled when there are a minimum of 10 applicants. The number of participants will be limited to 25 to make the training process as interactive as possible, thereby allowing everyone sufficient opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussions.

Course Program

Session 1: Theoretical issues and evolution of Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment (CFBT)

  • Theoretical basis of CFBT: A learning theory model of trauma
  • Evidence base of CFBT
  • A critical review of mechanisms of recovery in “evidence-based” trauma treatments for PTSD
  • CFBT versus other exposure-based treatments: A review of differences in theory and practice

Session 2: Clinical application of full-course CFBT

Session 3: Clinical application of full-course CFBT (contd.)

Session 4: A cost-effective mental healthcare model for mass trauma survivors

  • Single-session CFBT: Development and evidence base
  • Clinical and field applications of single-session CFBT
  • Treatment delivery in groups
  • Treatment delivery through self-help tools
  • A cost-effective treatment dissemination model and its application in different settings (e.g. outpatients, primary care settings, refugee camps, etc.)
  • Assessment instruments for treatment outcome evaluation
  • Treatment dissemination through mass media

Course fees

The course fee is 800 USD for each participant.


Potential applicants are advised to make contact with Professor Metin Basoglu (mbasoglu@dabatem.org). Please provide your CV and briefly answer the questions below at first contact so that he can assess your training needs. This process is designed to ensure that all participants benefit from the course.

  • Do you have any previous experience with trauma survivors? If yes, please briefly describe its nature.
  • Do you have any previous training in any form of psychotherapy (e.g. psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral)?
  • Are you currently involved in any work with trauma survivors? If yes, please briefly describe its nature (e.g. treatment, case work, social work, etc.).
  • If you are doing any treatment work with trauma survivors, which treatments are you using?
  • What are your expectations from the course? In what ways would you like it to be useful in your future work?

Once it is established that the course is likely to meet your needs, you will be placed on a waiting list until there are a minimum of 10 applicants. Thereafter, a date and time of the day for the training will be set, as described above, and registration will begin. Registration involves payment of the whole fee. 

The course is also open to applicants from Turkey, provided that they can follow the training in English. In case of sufficient numbers of applicants from Turkey, a separate course might be conducted in Turkish. Therefore, if interested in attending the course but concerned about language problems, contact Professor Basoglu nonetheless to find out if a course in Turkish is in planning.  

Certification of training

A certificate of attendance at the training program can be provided, if requested. Please note that DABATEM’s training programs have not been subjected to any external validation or certification process, simply because they are not deemed in need of any external certification. Professor Basoglu has pioneered the development of CFBT by cutting-edge research in the field. As such, only he is in a position to assess and certify his training program. If you have accidentally discovered his name (or DABATEM) through Internet search, please make sure that you have done enough research, examine this website carefully and read the section on Why Train at DABATEM (following the links) and his blog articles to understand who he is and what he represents in his field before considering applying for training.


This page is subject to revision from time to time. As ideas evolve, the information provided here may be revised or new information added. Therefore, potential applicants are advised to check this page periodically for any updated information.