Washington State Evaluation of the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) Learning Collaborative

Principal Investigator: 
Maria Monroe-DeVita
Funding Source: 
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Project Period: 
December 2014 - Ongoing
Project Summary: 

The Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) is a structured, time-limited components based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) developed for individuals affected by trauma who have PTSD, anxiety, and/or depression. It has been tested in two large international randomized controlled clinical trials (S. Iraq, Thai-Burma border) with adults who have been exposed to high magnitude traumas including war, torture, rape, and political imprisonment. The results are comparable to other EBPs for trauma-affected individuals. CETA was effective for individuals even when they did not have trauma-specific impact (e.g., PTSD), but had depression or anxiety.

The CETA Learning Collaborative (LC) consists of 3 elements: organizational commitment to actively support practice of CETA; supervisor participation in the LC; provider commitment to complete all requirements of the LC. In order to register, the organization, the supervisor and the providers must commit to complete the requirements.

These requirements are based on the dissemination and implementation literature and are the basic necessary ingredients for organizations and providers to practice an EBP following training and to create the conditions for sustainment beyond the LC.

Dr. Maria Monroe-DeVita and her team are researching the feasibility of implementing CETA in various Washington State Community Mental Health agencies. Evaluation data on the impact of training and consultation on clinician skills, as well as feasibility data from training cases, contribute to this research. The implementation includes organizational senior leader support and clinical supervisor involvement in a 2-day training, and 6-month biweekly 1-hour consultation calls.  Progress is tracking with training cases through a web-based toolkit.

Evidence Based Practices for Adults