Bounce Back

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About This Program

Target Population: Children in elementary school grades Kindergarten through 5th grade (ages 5-11) who have experienced traumatic events

For children/adolescents ages: 5 – 11

Brief Description

Developed as an adaptation to the Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program. Bounce Back is a cognitive-behavioral, skills-based group intervention aimed at relieving symptoms of child posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and functional impairment among elementary school children (ages 5-11) who have been exposed to traumatic events. It is used most commonly for children who experienced or witnessed community, family, or school violence, or who have been involved in natural disasters, or traumatic separation from a loved one due to death, incarceration, deportation, or child welfare detainment. It includes 10 group sessions where children learn and practice feelings identification, relaxation, courage thoughts, problem solving and conflict resolution, and build positive activities and social support. It is designed to be used in schools with children from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and acculturation levels. It also includes 2-3 individual sessions in which children complete a trauma narrative to process their traumatic memory and share it with a parent/caregiver. Bounce Back also includes materials for parent education sessions.

Program Goals:

The goals for Bounce Back are:

  • Reduce symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression
  • Build skills to enhance resilience to stress
  • Enhance students coping and problem solving strategies
  • Impact students’ academic performance by improving their attendance and ability to concentrate
  • Build peer and caregiver support

Contact Information

Audra Langley, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: UCLA

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2015