Local Capacity Building

For Healing, Sustainable Recovery, Empowerment, Dignity, and Self-determination

Providing disaster treatment services and Equipping local service providers in regions of conflict with proven and culturally adapted trauma healing skills for the refugee communities in these countries.


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Social Health Care (SHC) Program

Based on the CTR Model, a comprehensive, local capacity building psycho-social training and treatment program designed to:

* Provide direct trauma healing and psychosocial treatment services to refugees and vulnerable populations

* Equip local students, NGO staff, medical professionals, and members of refugee communities in proven, culturally adapted mental health treatment skills to heal the trauma of refugee communities in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, and Iraq displaced by the civil wars and violence, and to assist vulnerable members of the local society.

* Provide regular field experience to demonstrate psychosocial methods and supervise trainees in applying and gaining proficiency in learned skills.

* Invest in the human service and educational systems of the host countries by providing a certified practical training curriculum for students and relief workers in the mental health related disciplines.

* Develop an international professional mentor network to support local service providers and newly emerging psychosocial services.

Components of The SHC Program:



Disaster Health Care Field Clinics

Direct treatment field clinics providing emergency psychosocial and medical services to refugees, while also providing supervised practical field experience for trainees in the Social Health Care training program.

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Community-Based Treatment Services

Providing on-going direct psychosocial services to refugees and at risk populations, and demonstrating community-based human services that can be established, operated, and sustained in regions of great need and scarce material and skill resources.

  • Center for Healing and Renewal
  • Women’s Safe Space Projects
  • Trauma-Informed Schools – Educational Recovery Project
  • Youth and Community Resilience Building
  • Economic Empowerment Project

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Psychosocial Specialty Training (PST)

for Medical Students and Practitioners

A landmark practical training program provided to Jordanian medical schools, preparing MDs with skills that range from basic evaluation and interventions skills for general practitioners to higher level psychiatric specialty skills, in partnership with Michigan State University Dept. of Psychiatry, International Humanistic Psychology Association, and Jordanian medical schools.

New Enrollment Period Is Now Open For Medical Students
Register through your medical school

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Certified Diploma in Social Work

Local Capacity Building to Serve Psychosocial Needs

A Certified Practical Diploma program preparing students in Jordan with practical skills training and field experience in psychosocial service skills enabling them to provide critical direct services to at-risk and unserved communities, including refugees. The program is conducted by CBI in partnership with Queen Rania Center for Jordanian Studies and Community Service, Yarmouk University, Michigan State University, the International Humanistic Psychology Association.

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Community-Based Training Program

A progressive training and field experience in psychosocial support and treatment skills open to all qualified local trainees in countries experiencing violent upheaval and a refugee crisis, and where the local population is unserved or significantly underserved. It prepares both professional and para-professional service providers to quickly provide a progressive range of direct treatment services, from lay emotional support, immediate care, and crisis stabilization, to more in-depth and longer term mental health treatments.

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Psychosocial Training

For Clergy and Religious Teachers

A faith-based training, in partnership with Michigan State University Department of Psychiatry. The program provides orientation and training to clergy, religious teachers, and religious studies students on basic psychosocial symptoms and behaviors, cultural competency, basic intervention responses and supportive counseling skills to assist those seeking them out for help, determining when a professional therapist is needed and where and how to refer someone, and how to handle unique situations and issues clergy and religious teachers encounter with many individuals who are suffering from psychosocial difficulties and seeking their help.

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Bi-Regional Cross-Training Project

for Psychosocial Services to Refugees

A bi-regional collaboration between host countries to share effective, culturally adapted psychosocial treatment skills to assist traumatized refugee populations in communities struggling with the refugee crisis.

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Providing education to the general population on psychosocial issues, symptoms, and self-help coping skills to increase awareness, understanding, sensitivity, and ability for mutual support and self-care, and to inform about available services.



Catastrophic Trauma Recovery (CTR) Model

A comprehensive, integrated, and interdiciplinary training program in trauma recovery skills intended to quickly equip local professionals and relief workers with trauma treatment skills to assist large populations of civilians and refugees traumatized by war, violence, or natural catastrophe.

It is the basis for CBI’s local capacity building training and treatment programs.

The CTR model was developed near the end of the Balkan Wars by CBI, and is adaptable to the local culture, scalable, portable, and sustainable for application in developing countries that are regions of conflict, where the human service infrastructure is either underdeveloped or severely compromised by catastrophic conditions, and where local material and skill resources are scarce.

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