How is CBITS implemented?
CBITS is designed for delivery by mental health professionals in a school setting. The program consists of:
- 10 group sessions
- 1-3 individual sessions
- 2 parent psychoeducational sessions
- 1 teacher educational session
Is CBITS evidence-based?
Yes. Extensive research since 2000 has shown that students who participate in the program have significantly fewer symptoms of post-traumatic stress, depression, and psychosocial dysfunction.
CBITS is cited as a recommended practice by several national agencies that assess the quality of mental health interventions, including:
- CDC Prevention Research Center
- SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices
- U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Where has CBITS been implemented?
Since 2001, CBITS has been implemented widely across the United States and abroad and is also being actively disseminated through SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Implementation settings have included:
- In the US: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin
- Abroad: Australia, China, Japan, and Guyana
How has CBITS been adapted for different settings and populations?
CBITS has been adapted for use with Spanish-speaking populations, low-literacy groups, and children in foster care.
CBITS has also been modified for delivery by nonclinicians and in a variety of settings (urban, rural, suburban, and tribal).