Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET)

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About This Program

Target Population: Youth in late elementary school through early high school (ages 10-16) who have experienced traumatic events and who are experiencing moderate to severe levels of PTSD symptoms

For children/adolescents ages: 10 – 16

Brief Description

Designed for implementation by school teachers or counselors, SSET is a cognitive-behavioral and skills-based 10-session support group for middle school children (ages 10-16) who have been exposed to traumatic events (such as witnessing or being a victim of family, school, or community violence, being in a natural or man-made disaster, being in an accident or fire, or being physically abused or injured) and who are experiencing moderate to severe levels of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Its aim is to relieve symptoms of child traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and functional impairment. It is designed to be used in schools with children from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and acculturation levels. Delivery of mental health programs through schools can overcome logistical barriers (transportation, scheduling) as well as reduce stigma and reach disadvantaged and minority youth who have limited access to mental health care. Developed as an adaptation of the Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program, SSET contains many of the same therapeutic elements but is designed to be implemented by school staff members without clinical training.

Program Goals:

The goals for Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) are:

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

Contact Information

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

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: March 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2015