The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program: CBITS 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 groups are offered in a number of Dane County area schools. The CBITS program includes screening the 6th grade class for depression, and trauma symptoms using standardized measures. JMHC distributes and scores the standardized measures, referring all measures with positive scores back to the school for review by school staff. Children with positive screens are interviewed by school staff to determine if they are eligible for CBITS. Children eligible for CBITS groups have an indentified past trauma, and current PTSD symptoms. Children not eligible for CBITS groups are referred to other resources in the schools such as FACE groups, or to community resources.
School staff and community therapists partner to provide the CBITS groups in the schools. Follow up measures are completed by students completing the CBITS program to monitor symptom reduction. Since it’s implementation in 2004 CBITS has shown to be reduce PTSD symptoms for children in area schools.
CBITS is funded by the United Way of Dane County. More information including the Madison, Wisconsin Success Story is available on the CBITS website: http://cbitsprogram.org
Sixth graders in area participating schools who meet eligibility criteria for the CBITS group intervention.
For information about the CBITS Program, please contact the CBITS Program Coordinator at (608) 280-2520.