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July/August 2011Vol. 12, No. 6School-Based Trauma Intervention

The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is an evidence-based intervention for delivery by mental health professionals in schools. CBITS is designed to reduce trauma symptoms, including depression and behavioral problems, and improve functioning and coping skills. Using cognitive-behavioral techniques such as relaxation and social problem solving, CBITS can help students in 5th through 12th grade who have been exposed to various kinds of trauma, including abuse, accidents, and disasters.

The program consists of 10 group sessions and a smaller number of individual, parent, and teacher sessions. Materials and resources are available free of charge to professionals who register on the website. The CBITS website also includes success stories of jurisdictions where CBITS has been used, including in Louisiana to help children after Hurricane Katrina.

Find more details and registration information on the CBITS website:

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RAND Corporation has reviewed CBITS and calls it "a program that works." Read the article on RAND's evaluation of CBITS: (144 KB)