Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools 

The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a school-based, group and individual intervention. It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.

CBITS has been used with students from 5th grade through 12th grade who have witnessed or experienced traumatic life events such as community and school violence, accidents and injuries, physical abuse and domestic violence, and natural and man-made disasters.

Intended to be administered by mental health clinicians, CBITS uses cognitive-behavioral techniques (for example, psychoeducation, relaxation, social problem solving, cognitive restructuring, and exposure). CBITS has been successfully implemented in urban and rural elementary, middle, and high schools across the United States and internationally. This culturally competent program is effective with diverse multicultural populations including African American, Latino, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and Caucasian youth. The CBITS program includes 10 group sessions, one to three individual sessions, and two parent informational sessions.

Training to implement the CBITS program is available online or through in-person trainings. Visit www.cbitsprogram.org for more information.

 

  Intervention developer Bradley Stein describes the inspiration for CBITS.

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