Experts Conducted In-Person CBITS Training
Professionals who completed the CBITS online course had the opportunity to receive in-person training at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 28th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The ISTSS hosted Drs. Lisa Jaycox and Audra Langley at their Pre-Meeting Institute series Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at the J.W. Marriot Los Angeles at L.A. Live.
The training session featured CBITS technique demonstrations, coaching, role-plays, and individual feedback to help participants hone their skills. The training also covered how to implement parent and teacher sessions.
CBITS Adapted for Teachers and School Counselors
During the rollout of CBITS, many school districts asked what to do if they did not have access to clinicians for delivery of the program. In response, we obtained funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to adapt CBITS for use by teachers and school counselors without clinical training. The result is Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET), a series of 10 lessons with a structured approach that aims to reduce distress resulting from exposure to trauma. Designed to be implemented by teachers or school counselors in groups of 8 to 10 middle school students, the program includes a wide variety of skill-building techniques geared toward changing maladaptive thoughts and promoting positive behaviors. It is also intended to increase levels of peer and parent support for affected students.
Created for SSET group leaders, the Group Leader Training Manual introduces the SSET concept and provides detailed information on selecting student participants, scheduling lessons, assuring confidentiality, coordinating with clinical backup, managing difficult situations and issues, and conducting group meetings. The Lesson Plans section supplies group leader preparation information and in-depth plans for each lesson, including agendas, example scenarios, suggestions for troubleshooting specific problems, homework assignment instructions, and cross-references to other program documentation. Take-home worksheets, letters to parents, forms, and other program materials are supplied in the Lesson Worksheets and Materials section. These materials are available from RAND.
Research on the program showed it to be feasible for delivery and acceptable to implementers, parents, and students. Results of a small pilot study show the program has promise, though a larger scale evaluation is still needed.