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CBITS & Bounce Back


Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is a school-based group intervention (for grades 5-12) that has been shown to reduce PTSD and 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 75% 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.

  • Children exposed to violence, for example, exhibit lower reading achievement, higher rates of school absence, lower grade point averages, lower graduation rates and are suspended from school more than twice as often as other students. 
  • Youth with histories of trauma can have difficulties regulating emotions and behavior and can be impulsive or disruptive in school settings when experiencing reminders of past trauma. 

Expansion in Connecticut:

CHDI is working with DCF, CBITS and Bounce Back trainers, and local provider agencies, school systems, and school-based health centers to disseminate CBITS and Bounce Back across Connecticut. Training began in 2015.  School districts now offering CBITS and/or Bounce Back include:

  • Bridgeport
  • Bristol
  • Enfield (CBITS only)
  • Hartford (CBITS only)
  • New London
  • New Haven
  • Norwalk (CBITS only)
  • Stamford

Search the most current list of CBITS/Bounce Back providers by zip code using the CT Evidence-Based Practices Directory.

CHDI has partnered with the Stamford Public School District since early 2015 to enhance their school-based behavioral health services, including an emphasis on trauma-informed care and implementation of CBITS and Bounce Back. 

DCF plans to continue expanding CBITS and Bounce Back with the goal of eventually attaining statewide coverage. 

For more information about CBITS, contact Jason Lang.


Jason Lang - Director of Dissemination and Implementation

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