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ERIC Number: ED505344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Making It Easier for School Staff to Help Traumatized Students. Research Highlights
Maggio, Elizabeth
RAND Corporation
Ten years ago, RAND researchers joined colleagues at the Los Angeles Unified School District and the University of California Los Angeles to confront the issue of the large number of children who go to school weighed down by experiencing or witnessing some form of violence, trauma, or maltreatment. The Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) is a school-based early intervention program aimed at reducing children's symptoms related to existing traumatic experiences and enhancing their skills to handle future stresses. Originally designed to be delivered by school mental health clinicians, CBITS has been adapted so that teachers and school counselors with no mental health training can deliver it. This Research Highlight presents results from a small pilot test of the CBITS adaptation known as Support for Students Exposed to Trauma. Reported findings include: (1) The new program was successfully delivered by teachers and a counselor; (2) Students experienced small reductions in their trauma symptoms; those with an initial high level of symptoms benefited the most; (3) Both students and parents were satisfied with the program; and (4) Results indicate that a full evaluation of effectiveness is warranted. (Contains 2 footnotes.) [This Highlight summarizes RAND Health research reported in the following two publications: (1) Jaycox, L.H; Kataoka, S.H; Stein, B. D.; Wong M.; and Langley, A., "Responding to the Needs of the Community: A Stepped Care Approach to Implementing Trauma-Focused Interventions in Schools," Report on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 5(4), 100-103, 2005; and (2) Jaycox, L. H.; Langley, A. K.; Stein, B. D.; Wong, M.; Sharma, P.; Scott, M.; and Schonlau, M. (in press), "Support for Students Exposed to Trauma: A Pilot Study," School Mental Health.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: RAND Health