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Global Mental Health

Talk Therapies

Since 2000, we have worked with locally-based service providers to adapt and evaluate evidence-based mental health treatments through task-sharing models with locally-based counselors and supervisors. 

With funding from NGOs, USAID, and the NIH, we have completed trials using Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Behavioral Activation (BA) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for children and adolescents.  These trials have been conducted in partnership with US-based clinicians who provide expertise in training and supervising for each of these interventions.

More recently, we have developed and tested a trans-diagnostic treatment model, the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA), which provides a single intervention approach based on elements of evidence-based treatments that allows providers to treat a range of common mental disorders, including depression, anxiety and trauma-related symptoms that occur independently and frequently together. 

We have completed impact evaluations, including more than 10 randomized controlled trials, of different evidence-based psychotherapies and of interventions for which the evidence is lacking or emerging.