Training for care providers

3-day intensive course on Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment of psychological trauma

This course is designed in train health professionals in the delivery of Control-Focused Behavioral Treatment (CFBT). It covers the theoretical framework of CFBT, its evidence base, and clinical and field applications. Also included in the course is training in the implementation of a cost-effective treatment dissemination model developed by DABATEM, which is designed to cater for the needs of care providers who work with large numbers of trauma survivors (e.g. in post-disaster circumstances, primary care, outpatients, and other institutional settings, NGOs receiving large numbers of referrals, etc.) and therefore who would benefit from knowledge on brief and cost-effective assessment and treatment strategies.

The training program is supplemented by a treatment protocol for CFBT 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.

Course Program

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Date of forthcoming course

September 4-6, 2017

Course fees

The standard course fee is 3,000 USD. The fee covers set course lunch, coffee, tea, and other beverages at the Center for the duration of the course, and one dinner at a local restaurant.

Eligibility for reduced course fees

DABATEM is a small research center dependent on income generated by its training activities. It does not have funds that can be used for financial assistance (or scholarships) to applicants.

However, in order to make it easier for applicants from relatively low income countries to attend the course, we employ a variable fee policy, depending on (1) country of origin and (2) personal circumstances. If you are NOT from a country classified as a High Income country by World Bank, you might be eligible for a discount of up to 50%.

If you are not from a High Income country but working for an institution (e.g. a university, an NGO, a hospital, etc.) that would directly or indirectly benefit from your acquired knowledge, we would expect you to make sufficient effort to secure funding for the standard fee of 3,000 USD from your institution and, if you fail to do so, provide a document from your institution explaining why funding support has not been possible. We stipulate this condition because we believe that institutions concerned with mental healthcare, particularly those that provide care for trauma survivors in relatively low income countries, should be aware of the importance of knowledge in this field, particularly of the kind we provide, and make it possible for their staff to acquire such knowledge. The course offers unique knowledge that can help institutions deliver effective mental healthcare not only to a greater number of trauma survivors but also in a much less costly manner. Thus, considering the extent of potential financial gains from cost-effective care of survivors, institutions stand to gain much more from such knowledge than the amount they pay for it. We would expect you to make your institution aware of this prospect and make every possible effort to secure support.

If you are (a) not from a High Income country, (b) not associated with any institution, and (c) without sufficient personal means or access to any potential source of funding, let us know about your personal circumstances and we will assess the extent of discount for which you might be eligible. Please bear in mind that your country of origin alone does NOT automatically entitle you to a discount. We will also take your personal circumstances into account.

We also make a distinction between two World Bank categories of countries: (a) Low Income / Lower Middle Income countries and (b) Low & Middle Income / Middle / Upper Middle Income countries in setting the course fee. The first category applicants are likely to benefit from greater discount.


Potential applicants are advised to make contact with Professor Metin Basoglu (mbasoglu@dabatem.org). Please provide your CV and answers to the questions below at first contact so that we can assess whether the course is likely to meet your training needs. This is a screening process 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?

Please also let us know how familiar you are with DABATEM’s work and how you found out about DABATEM and its training program (e.g. from its website, Facebook, from a friend, etc.).

Once we establish that the course is likely to meet your needs, we will let you know and you can then register for the course. Registration involves the payment of a deposit of 1,000 USD. The remaining amount is payable latest one week before the course date.

The deadline for the payment of the full fee for the January 2017 course is 28th of August, 2017.

Please note that the deposit is not refundable upon subsequent cancellation of registration because the course is announced open when at least 5 applicants have registered by paying the deposit. Therefore, please make sure before registering that you are certain in your intent and ability to participate in the course at the specified date. If the announced course is cancelled by us because of insufficient number of registered applicants, the deposit paid will be refunded.

You may choose to pay the full amount at registration. If you later decide to cancel your registration, two thirds of the fee will be refunded. In the unlikely event that the course is cancelled by us for reasons noted above, the full amount will be refunded.

If you are considering the forthcoming course in January 2017, we suggest that you register sooner than later, as there is a quota for each course.

If you have any questions, please make sure you take a look at FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS before making first contact with us.

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