CBITSfactsheet - Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for...

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Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) National Child Traumatic Stress Network www.NCTSNet.org 1 Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) Treatment Description CBITS is a skills-based, group intervention that is aimed at relieving symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and general anxiety among children exposed to trauma. Children learn skills in relaxation, challenging upsetting thoughts, and social problem solving, and children work on processing traumatic memories and grief. These skills are learned through the use of drawings and through talking in both individual and group settings. Between sessions, children complete assignments and participate in activities that reinforce the skills they’ve learned. CBITS also includes parent and teacher education sessions. Target Population The CBITS program has been used most commonly for children in grades six to nine (ages 10 to 15) who have experienced events such as witnessing or being a victim of violence, being in a natural or man-made disaster, being in an accident or house fire, or being physically abused/injured, and who are suffering from moderate to severe levels of PTSD symptoms. Preliminary versions of the CBITS program have been used in children as young as eight years old. Intensity The program consists of 10 group sessions (six to eight children/group) of approximately an hour in length, usually conducted once a week in a school setting. The CBITS intervention has also been delivered in other settings, such as mental health clinics. In addition to the group sessions, participants receive one to three individual sessions, usually held before the exposure exercises. CBITS also includes two parent education sessions and one teacher education session. Essential Components CBITS teaches six cognitive-behavioral techniques: Education about reactions to trauma Relaxation training Cognitive therapy Real life exposure Stress or trauma exposure Social problem-solving Parental permission is sought for children to participate. A handout is sent home to
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Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) National Child Traumatic Stress Network www.NCTSNet.org 2 Essential Components Cont’d parents, and a call to parents at the beginning of treatment is used to answer questions and reinforce the ideas in the handout. Between-session activities help consolidate skills and allow group members to apply these skills to real life problems. A step-by-step guide to each session, including scripts and examples for use by the group leader, common obstacles and their solutions, and handouts and
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