CBITS and Bounce Back training
Evidence based interventions for students with different programs tailored to grades K-5 and grades 5-12.
Cognitive Behavioral Interview for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
CBITS is an evidence-based intervention for students in grades 5-12 that has been developed for use in schools and facilitated by clinicians. CBITS is a skills-based, group intervention that is aimed at relieving symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and general anxiety among children exposed to trauma. Children learn skills in relaxation, challenging upsetting thoughts, and social problem solving, and children work on processing traumatic memories and grief. These skills are learned through the use of drawings and through talking in both individual and group settings. Between sessions, children complete assignments and participate in activities that reinforce the skills they’ve learned. CBITS includes parent and teacher education sessions. CBITS is a two-day training.
Bounce Back is a newer intervention, adapted from CBITS and intended for elementary school children in grades K through 5 who have been exposed to stressful and traumatic events. The focus is to impart skills to help them cope with and recover from their traumatic experiences and is and facilitated by clinicians.
This program’s focus is to help children exposed to trauma ‘bounce back’ to a quality level of functioning and well-being in their school and community. Children learn coping skills, how to identify their feelings, relaxation techniques, and problem solving strategies. Bounce Back is a 1.5 day training. Both days include a focus on referral and screening processes to be embedded within the school to help identify students in need of intervention.