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CBITS Training Options

Clinicians can receive CBITS training through several  formats. While our “live trainings” with a Certified Trainer are considered the gold-standard training approach, the online training is a great option when a live training is not feasible. All trainings provide:

  • An overview of child trauma and PTSD and the mental health and academic consequences,
  • A review of the history and evidence base of CBITS,
  • Thorough session by session demonstrations and supervised practice of each core concept for child group and individual sessions, including how to make the material culturally and contextually relevant to the audience,
  • Review of parent and teacher sessions, and
  • Engagement activities around implementation issues and site planning

Online Course:

Users learn the clinical skills needed to deliver CBITS and have access to important logistical materials to facilitate implementation.  This course is free and provides 5 hours of CEU’s approved by the American Psychological Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors.  Register on this website for access to the course.

Live Trainings:

In-Person: This training is 12 hours total and is conducted over the course of two-days. Certified CBITS Faculty travel to deliver the training onsite.  For costs, please register on the site and click on the Training tab.

Virtual: CBITS training can be conducted via Zoom platform. Certified CBITS trainers typically deliver the course over four 3-hour modules. For costs, please register on the site and click on the Training tab.

For information about scheduling a live training, e-mail

Meet our Trainers: 

CBITS trainers undergo a thorough train-the-trainer process. We are proud to highlight our certified National and Regional trainers. 

National Trainers:

Erum Nadeem, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University. Her work is focused on community-partnered research, the implementation of evidence-based practices in schools and community settings, and disparities in children’s educational and mental health outcomes. She has particular expertise in EBPs for trauma, andstudies implementation strategies (e.g., coaching, consultation) and the use of continuous quality improvement methods. Dr. Nadeem has been conducting trainings in CBITS since 2005.

Sharon A. Hoover, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Co-Director of the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH, She currently leads national efforts to support states, districts and schools in the adoption of national performance standards of comprehensive school mental health systems ( Dr. Hoover has led and collaborated on multiple federal and state grants, with a commitment to the study and implementation of quality children’s mental health services.

Kristin Dean, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and Health Service Provider in Tennessee, and is a board certified specialist in clinical psychology. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Tennessee, and is the Director of the UTGSM Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody, which provides consultation, assessment, and training in evidence-based trauma interventions to those working with the state child welfare system. Kris is also an Adjunct Researcher for the RAND Corporation and has been a member of the TSA team since 2003.

Marisa Faynsod, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She previously worked as a Clinical Supervisor and the Coordinator of School Based Mental Health Services for 13 schools located in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Marisa is a National Certified Sexual Abuse Counselor. Marisa currently works at Stuart House part-time providing therapy to children who have been sexually abused and is an on-call crisis counselor at UCLA Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica. Marisa is a National Trainer for Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in the Schools (CBITS) and Bounceback. Additionally, Marisa has a part time private practice in Manhattan Beach, CA and provides psychotherapy to children, families and adults.

Regional Trainers:

Won-Fong Lau Johnson, PhD, NCSP, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Lau Johnson has clinical experience working in schools, community mental health, and juvenile justice settings. She is currently at University of Washington in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where she is involved with research, policy development, and training efforts. Her current research project focuses on adapting the use of CBITS for implementation in a juvenile justice setting. Both providing direct care and serving as an advocate for equitable behavioral healthcare are of great importance to her. As someone who identifies as a woman of color with a disability, she is passionate about creating more inclusivity and working with historically underrepresented populations. In addition to training on CBITS, she provides workshops on enhancing the cultural humility of providers. 

Beth Cooney, LCSW-BACS is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor with expertise in children and adolescentsresponse to trauma and grief. Ms. Cooney has extensive knowledge and experience in assessment and evidence-based trauma and grief interventions. She has worked for Project Fleur de Lis of Mercy Family Center, a site with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, for 12 years. As the Director of Evidence-Based Practice, Ms. Cooney provides training, clinical supervision and oversees individual and group trauma and grief interventions for schools in the Greater New Orleans Area. In addition, she has a strong focus on program planning and development, as well as professional education and training. She provides community and school-based trainings in secondary traumatic stressmindfulness and self-care. Ms. Cooney is a certified trainer in Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Bounce Back.

Laura Danna, LCSW-BACS is a licensed clinical social worker at Mercy Family Center and the Project Director of Project Fleur-de-lis, an intermediate and long-term school-based mental health service model which collaborates with over 100 school mental health professionals working in New Orleans area schools and functions as a Category III service site within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She received her master’s degree from the University of Texas in Austin and has worked for the past 15 years in numerous school, clinical and administrative roles. She is a certified trainer in the NASP PREPaRE’s School Crisis Prevention and Intervention model and in Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). She has experience running CBITS groups in both middle and high schools.  She serves as a faculty member of the New Orleans Trauma-Informed Schools Learning Collaborative and as a consultant on two federally grant funded projects for expanding our Trauma-Informed Schools model in local New Orleans schools.

Maria Hydon, DSW is an Associate Professor for the University of Southern California (USC), Suzanne Dworak Peck School of Social Work. Prior to joining USC, Maria spent most of her career as a Psychiatric Social Worker for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Hu has years of experience providing mental health services to youth in schools. Dr. Hydon's work focuses on supporting immigrant youth. In2016, Dr. Hydon developed a mental health initiative with the Consulate of El Salvador in Los Angeles. Dr. Hydon is a biingual CBITS trainer able to train both English and Spanish speaking clinicians. 

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