AIP offers training and ongoing supervision in the practice of evidence-based individual and group treatments to address symptoms of traumatic stress. Practices are designed for delivery in schools as well as in the community. Trainings are offered in Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) and Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY).
Lisa Baron, Center for Trauma Care in Schools’ Project Director, developed the school-based adaptation of TST that is used nationally. She has supervised its use in 16 Boston Public Schools since 2006 through Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention’s Connecting With Care program.
Susan Lovett, Center for Trauma Care in Schools’ Program Director, is collaborating with David Emerson of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, who developed the evidence-based Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga, on creating the first school-based adaptation of Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is on the Trauma Sensitive Yoga teaching staff of Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. She is also the director of the Hands to Heart Center, a non-profit yoga service organization that shares the healing practice of yoga with people affected by addiction, poverty and trauma through connecting yoga teachers with volunteer opportunities in low-income, under-served neighborhoods of Boston.
Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS)
CBITS is a school-based group treatment model (10 sessions) to treat traumatic stress. It is well evaluated in urban school settings and with diverse cultural/ethnic/racial groups. Developed at UCLA, its theoretical basis is cognitive-behavioral, utilizing the techniques of psycho-education, relaxation, cognitive restructuring, exposure and social problem solving.
CBITS targets students in grades 5-12. For younger elementary students in grades K-5, there is an adaptation called Bounce Back. There is an adaptation for use by non-clinical school staff called Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET). There is also an adaptation for use within the foster care system.
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For information about the adaptation for foster care, click here.
CBITS is rated as a Promising Program on Blueprints.
CBITS is rated as Promising Research Evidence on CEBC.
CBITS is rated as a Program with Effective Outcomes on NREPP.
CBITS is rated as a Promising Practice on NCTSN.
Bounce Back is rated as Promising Research on CEBC.
Bounce Back is rated as a Program with Effective Outcomes on NREPP.
SSET is rated as a Program with Promising Outcomes on NREPP.
Trauma Systems Therapy (TST)
Trauma Systems Therapy is a phase-based framework for the organization of trauma-informed services. The model targets youth ages 6-19, and utilizes:
- Home- and Community-based Care
- Services Advocacy
- Skills Training in Self-regulation
- Psychopharmacology Services.
Originally developed by Glenn Saxe and Heidi Ellis out of Boston University School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Boston, it is now located at the NYU Child Study Center and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU’s School of Medicine.
For more information about Trauma Systems Therapy, click here.
For information about the school-based Trauma Systems Therapy adaptation, click here.
Trauma Systems Therapy is rated as a Promising Practice on NCTSN.
Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY)
Developed by David Emerson of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute, TSY utilizes the forms and movement of hatha-style yoga to treat complex trauma. The goal is to build a sense of empowerment through yoga as well as a more positive relationship with one’s body.
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Trauma Sensitive Yoga is rated as a Program with Promising Outcomes on NREPP.