Control Therapy Training Manual

An Introduction

We have written this manual in response to the numerous researchers, clinicians, and trainers who have asked us for a practical way to learn how to implement Control Therapy in both clinical and research settings. Most of them contacted us after reading the book “Control Therapy: An Integral Approach to Psychotherapy, Health, and Healing” 1 which was published in 1998 after more than 20 years of research into control-oriented change processes. The book provides theoretical background, case examples, practical exercises, over a thousand references, and a broad framework for doing control-oriented therapy.

But many clinicians and researchers asked for additional information. Some simply wanted advice and guidance to ensure they were accurately implementing the ideas set forth in the book. Others wanted a step-by-step format for self-learning, for training others in the approach, and/or guidelines to ensure consistency of treatment when Control Therapy is utilized in research projects comparing therapeutic treatments.

In response to those inquiries, this manual provides a concise framework for helping teachers train students in Control Therapy and helping researchers have a clear, structured methodology for ensuring Control Therapy is applied and taught in a consistent fashion as a treatment protocol.

In writing this manual, we have removed much of the theoretical and research foundations that underlie both the Shapiro Control Inventory (SCI), and Control Therapy itself. This manual is intended to complement, but not replace either the SCI Manual (SCI), or the larger work on Control Therapy (CT). We encourage the users of this manual to refer to both the Control Therapy book as well as to the Manual for the Shapiro Control Inventory as resources.


The Manual

The CT manual is available in PDF format and is separated in to sections for ease of reading and download.