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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 the AAPI Community, and join the anti-racism movement to look for ways to make our society one of health, healing, and equity, where Black students, Asian Students, and all students of color, 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. We also recognize that there are systematic policies, institutions, and historical practices that place them at greater risk to be exposed to violence, trauma, marginalization, and racism. We commit to contributing to positive individual and organizational changes that can come from becoming trauma informed, examining our own work, unconscious biases, and privilege as we move forward in this community-partnered work in schools.   

CBITS At-a-Glance

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!

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CBITS Manual Second Edition 2018 now available for free download!

The same cognitive-behavioral concepts as the original manual, plus:

  • an updated Introduction and Background
  • refreshed and updated examples
  • implementation tips throughout the manual

Updated based on two decades of use in the field