School Crises including COVID-19
Visit the COVID Resources tab to learn how you can help students through school crises such as the current COVID-19 crisis.
In this time of personal and societal introspection, re-examination, and protest, we at the TSA Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools stand with Black Lives Matter, and join the anti-racism movement to look for ways to make our society one of health, healing, and equity, where all students, and especially Black students, can thrive. For over two decades we’ve had the mission of bringing evidence-based trauma interventions into schools with ethnically, racially, and linguistically diverse student populations, for more equitable and inclusive access to care. We recognize that helping students recover from trauma focuses on healing after a trauma occurs, not on the systematic policies and institutions that set them up to be exposed to violence, trauma, marginalization, and racism in the first place. We commit to examining our own work, unconscious biases, and privilege as we move forward in this community-partnered work.
The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a school-based, group and individual intervention. It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.
CBITS has been used with students from 5th grade through 12th grade who have witnessed or experienced traumatic life events such as community and school violence, accidents and injuries, physical abuse and domestic violence, and natural and man-made disasters.
CBITS uses cognitive-behavioral techniques (e.g., psychoeducation, relaxation, social problem solving, cognitive restructuring, and exposure).
Take a CBITS Training Course
CBITS offers both online and live training. Click on the Training tab above to find out more. To take the online course, or to obtain detailed options, including costs of live trainings, register with our website and click on the Training tab.
Access our Free Resources
Professionals can register with our website for training and implementation information.
By registering, you'll gain access to a host of free resources, including everything you'll need to implement CBITS in your school:
- Our interactive online training course that will prepare you to implement CBITS
- A link to a free download of the CBITS manual (2018 Second Edition now available)
- Sample materials and forms to help you deliver the CBITS intervention
- A robust online community where you can engage with discussion boards, "ask the experts," and collaborate on documents
- Video clips of experts providing practical advice on CBITS implementation
- And more!