Given the Covid-19 pandemic and the shift to working remotely, this FAQ answers questions regarding program implementation of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Bounce Back groups via tele-delivery.
Can the program be implemented virtually?
Yes. The CBITS website provides several general suggestions for remote delivery of the program. Some elements of CBITS and Bounce Back can be used to address the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic (without a specific trauma or PTSD symptoms). If used, the trained clinician or group leader can draw in COVID-19 related examples and stressors rather than using the stress and trauma examples listed in the manual.
What assistance has the developer provided/continuing to provide?
The developer(s) recognize that schools are undergoing a major transition due to the effects of COVID-19. They are working with national partners, and have developed a guidance document and suggestions for implementing school-based trauma interventions during the pandemic.
The webpage also lists additional COVID resources available HERE.
How are trainings being offered?
There are several ways to receive CBITS training.
Online Training Course: Free online training is available and the course provides 5 hours of CEU’s approved by the American Psychological Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Live Trainings: This training is 12 hours total and is conducted over the course of two-days. Certified CBITS Faculty travel to deliver the training onsite with social distancing practice in place and the use of Personal Protective Equipment
Virtual: CBITS training can be conducted via the Zoom platform. Certified CBITS trainers typically deliver the course over four 3-hour modules.