Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is a skills-based approach to relieving depression and anxiety among students who exhibit symptoms of trauma. Developed in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District Mental Health Services Division and pilot-tested with area youth, CBITS has produced positive results in young people suffering from events such as witnessing extreme violence, being in a natural or man-made disaster, or experiencing physical abuse.

The ten week program consists of ten group sessions and 1-3 optional individual sessions. Students learn skills in relaxation, imagery, and social problem solving. Between sessions, they complete assignments and participate in activities that reinforce the skills they've learned.

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