Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is an evidence-based, school-based group intervention for grades 5-12 that has been shown to reduce PTSD, depression symptoms, and psychosocial dysfunction in children who have experienced trauma. Bounce Back is an adaptation of the CBITS model for elementary school students (grades K-5).

Schools are increasingly viewed as a critical setting for the delivery of health and behavioral health services. In fact, the majority of children with emotional or behavioral health needs do not receive services; among those who do, approximately 70% receive services through their schools. The linkages between trauma exposure, physical health, behavioral health and academic functioning underscore the importance of integrating trauma-informed care within educational settings.

The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) is working with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) to expand the availability of CBITS and Bounce Back across the state.

Visit the link below to learn more about this evidence-based treatment, find a CBITS provider, learn how to bring CBITS or Bounce Back to your school, and more.