CBITS Trauma Groups

Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is a skills-based group intervention designed to help kids process traumatic or stressful events and memories.

If you or your child is struggling, don't worry alone.  Contact us to learn more and book a phone screen for CBITS groups!


What are Cognitive Behavioral Intervention
for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) groups?

CBITS trauma groups are a skills-based group intervention that are designed to support kids who’ve experienced difficult life events. Children learn about common traumatic events, common reactions to them, and strategies to cope. While CBITS groups are focused on treating traumatic stress, this intervention also targets related problems such as depression and anxiety.

The program consists of 10-12 weekly group sessions enhanced by 1-3 individual sessions and 2 caregiver sessions.

Who can benefit from CBITS groups?

A child that has experienced a traumatic or stressful event that they still think about and that affects them may be a good fit for CBITS groups.

Some examples of traumatic or stressful events include:

  • Parental divorce
  • Bullying by peers
  • Stressful medical operations
  • Exposure to community violence
  • Traumatic stress related to immigrant status

If your child is experiencing any of the following symptoms after a traumatic or stressful event, CBITS groups may be able to help them:

  • Learning challenges (e.g., difficulty concentrating in class, refusing to go to school, academic problems)
  • Risky behaviors (e.g., substance use, getting into fights, talking back)
  • Health problems (e.g., stomachaches, headaches)
  • Sleep difficulties (e.g., difficulty falling asleep or sleeping too much)

How can CBITS groups help my Child?


Skill Building

Your child will learn skills in relaxation, coping with upsetting thoughts, and social problem solving. These tools will act as powerful resources for your child.



One of the primary goals of CBITS is to support your child in taking back control of their story.


Community and Peer Network Building

Many of the other children participating in CBITS have also experienced traumatic or stressful events similar to your child’s. CBITS groups offer a supportive setting that normalizes their experiences and feelings while giving them a community of support