Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)

Blueprints approved

CBITS is a school-based programme intended to reduce post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and behaviour problems in pupils. It primarily targets low-income children (aged 10-15) of minority race/ethnicity who have experienced violent victimisation and/or trauma. Ten group sessions (with groups of 3-8 pupils) and 1–3 individual sessions are delivered.

Target group Children and adolescents aged 10-15 who have been exposed to trauma (as victims or witnesses) and are showing signs of traumatic stress as measured by the Life Events Scale.
Focus of intervention
  • Individual and peer
Level of intervention
  • Treatment
Outcomes affected
  • Not depressed
Impact of intervention

*statistically significant at p<0.05

Figure(s) taken from Appendix A of this report.

Risk & protective factors targeted

Cost-benefit analysis

Source of benefits

Contact information

Lisa H. Jaycox
Rand Corporation
1200 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202

Local authorities running the intervention in the UK
  • UK-wide

Please contact us if you are running this intervention in the UK.