Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA)

The Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) was designed based on the latest literature, but specifically for low-resource countries, in affiliation with the Applied Mental Health Research Group (AMHR) at Johns Hopkins University. Please see the AMHR website for more information.

Project Title: Train­ing and Super­vi­sion of Com­mu­nity Men­tal Health Work­ers in Colom­bia
PI: Judith Bass, Ph.D. (Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity)
Co-Investigators: Shan­non Dorsey, Ph.D.
Fund­ing: Heart­land Alliance and Johns Hop­kins (JHU), USAID flowthrough fun­dung (2011–2013)

Project Title: SPANS-Improving Defectiveness of Treatment for Torture Survivors in Iraq and Thailand (displaced Burmese)
PI: Paul Bolton, Ph.D. (Johns Hop­kins)
Co-Investigators: Shannon Dorsey, Ph.D.
Fund­ing: Johns Hop­kins (JHU) USAID flowthrough fund­ing (2010–2012)

Referenced on the Web:


  1. Murray, L. K., Dorsey, S., Haroz, E., Lee, C., Alsiary, M., Haydary, A., Weiss, W. M., & Bolton, P. (2014). A common elements transdiagnostic mental health approach for low- and middle-income countries: Initial pilots. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 21(2), 111-123.


  1. Murray, L., & Dorsey, S. (2011, November). A components-based therapy approach with torture survivors in Southern Iraq. Paper to be presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 27th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland.
  2. Dorsey, S., Murray, L., Haroz, Lee, Robinson, & Bolton, P. (2012, November). Components-Based Intervention in Southern Iraq and Thailand: Measuring Change in Trauma Symptoms. In L. Murray (Chair), A Components-Based Intervention for Low-Resource Countries: Data From Torture-Affected Populations in Southern Iraq and Thailand. Symposium conducted at the ISTSS 28th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, California.
  3. Murray, L. K., Dorsey, S., & Lee, C. (2013, November). Common Elements Approach Treatment  (CETA) for lay counselors in low and middle income countries (LMIC): Intervention description and implementation outcomes across two trials. In A Common Elements Approach for LMCI: Controlled Trial Results from Torture-Affected Populations in Southern Iraq and Thailand. Symposium presented at the ISTSS 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  4. Murray, L., Beidas, R., Dorsey, S., & Bolton, P. (2013, November). Implementation research within studies among trauma survivors in low-resource countries: Zambia, Thailand, and Iraq. Symposium presented at the ISTSS 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.