The CBITS program is a school-based, group and individual intervention that uses cognitive-behavioral techniques. It is designed to reduce symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, as well as to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.
CBITS has been used with students in grades 5–12 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 human-made disasters.
Extensive research shows that students who participate in CBITS have significantly reduced symptoms of posttraumatic stress, depression, and psychosocial dysfunction. The program is described in detail by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
Several groups that assess the quality of mental health interventions recommend CBITS:
CBITS is delivered by mental health professionals in school settings. CBITS is composed of 10 group sessions and one to three individual sessions with students, with optional opportunities for parent involvement and educational outreach to teachers. Since 2001, CBITS has been implemented across the United States and abroad, and it is actively disseminated through SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
CBITS has been adapted in a number of ways. Versions for use with low-literacy groups and children in foster care are available, and the program has been translated into Spanish and Arabic. More recently, the Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness released CBITS for American Indian Youth, an adaptation that weaves in culturally appropriate and meaningful concepts about resilience and healing while maintaining the program’s core cognitive-behavioral skill-building techniques.
Clinicians can receive CBITS training through several formats: live trainings (in person or virtual) and online. Although our live trainings with certified trainers are considered the gold-standard training approach, the online training is a great option when a live training is not feasible.
CBITS trainers undergo a thorough train-the-trainer process. We are proud to highlight our certified faculty, national trainers, and regional trainers.
Audra Langley, PhD
Lisa Jaycox, PhD
Erum Nadeem, PhD
Sharon A. Hoover, PhD
Kristin Dean, PhD, ABPP
Beth Cooney, LCSW
Laura Danna, LCSW
Marisa Faynsod, LCSW
Maria Hu Hydon, DSW
Won-Fong Lau Johnson, PhD, NCSP
Adriana Rodriguez, PhD
Colleen Cicchetti, PhD (Midwest)
Tali Raviv, PhD (Midwest)
Mashana Smith, PhD (Midwest)
Jennifer Wilgocki, LCSW (Midwest)
Megan Zimmer (Northeast)
Londi Segler, PhD (West)
CBITS accounts provide access to an online course and implementation materials. Fees cover server and technical support costs and are not used for profit.
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