Evidence-Based Interventions 

Whether you are a clinician, an educator, a professional in an educational environment, or a layperson, there are resources available to help you guide students and their families through the effects of trauma in their lives. 

Supported by research, evidence-based interventions are proven to be effective. By choosing an evidence-based intervention, you benefit from the experiences of people and organizations in similar situations before you. The structure of an established intervention can guide you in determining a philosophy and goals and in making a plan for implementing them in your school culture.

Evidence-based interventions make sense for schools, explains Michelle Woodbridge.

 Which Intervention Is Right for You? 

The evidence-based interventions and strategies listed below have been tested in educational settings and can help you lay the foundation for a trauma-informed school, manage the daily challenges of students, or support an entire school community in the wake of a traumatic event.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
    The CBITS program is designed to help mental health clinicians support students coping with post-traumatic sress disorder, depression, and behavioral problems resulting from a traumatic event. CBITS includes 10 group sessions, one to three individual sessions, and two parent information sessions. The group leader should have clinical skills to help students with trauma processing and the ability to troubleshoot if any students need extra help. 
  • Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET)
    The SSET program is designed to help educators help students in the aftermath of traumatic events. SSET includes 10 lessons. The group leader should have the ability to effectively teach in a group, and the leader should have some type of clinical backup in case students need extra help.