CBITS

The Ambit Network has recently begun working to train practitioners in Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).

What is CBITS?

The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program 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 has been used with students from 5th grade through 12th grade who have witnessed or experienced traumatic life events such as community and school violence, accidents and injuries, physical abuse and domestic violence, and natural and man-made disasters.

CBITS uses cognitive-behavioral techniques (e.g., psychoeducation, relaxation, social problem solving, cognitive restructuring, and exposure).

Who can provide CBITS?

CBITS is designed for delivery by mental health professionals in a school setting. The program consists of:

  • 10 group sessions
  • 1-3 individual sessions
  • 2 parent psychoeducational sessions
  • 1 teacher educational session

In-person training

Our CBITS trainings are now conducted in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS posts training opportunities here.

Video training

An interactive online training course is available at cbitsprogram.org.