Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Anxiety Treatment (Child & Adolescent) and Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent).

Target Population: 3rd through 8th grade students who screened positive for exposure to a traumatic event and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder related to that event, largely focusing on community violence exposure; may be used with older students as well

For children/adolescents ages: 8 – 15

Brief Description

CBITS is a school-based, group and individual intervention designed to reduce symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems among students exposed to traumatic life events, such as exposure to community and school violence, accidents, physical abuse, and domestic violence. It is designed for students, who have experienced a traumatic event and have current distress related to that event. The goals of the intervention are to reduce symptoms and behavior problems and improve functioning, improve peer and parent support, and enhance coping skills. The program includes 10 student group sessions, 1-3 student individual sessions, 2 parent sessions, and a teacher educational session. Developed for the school setting in close collaboration with school personnel, the program is well suited to the school environment.

Program Goals:

The goals of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) are:

  • Reduce symptoms related to trauma exposure
  • Build skills and enhance resilience to stress
  • Build peer and caregiver support

Contact Information

Name: Lisa Jaycox, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: RAND Corporation
Phone: (703) 413-1100 x5118

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: December 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2011