Type of services provided:
Bounce Back is an adaptation of the Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program. Bounce Back is a cognitive-behavioral, skills-based group intervention for children exposed to traumatic events including domestic violence. In group sessions, children learn and practice identifying feelings, relaxation techniques, problem-solving and conflict resolution while building positive activities and social support. During individual sessions, children complete a trauma narrative that they can share with a parent/caregiver. Bounce Back includes up to three parent education sessions during which parents learn the skills that their children are learning.
Length of program/number of sessions:
Weekly 45-60 minute group sessions plus two to three 45-60 minute individual sessions over 10 weeks
Type(s) of trauma/concerns addressed:
Bounce Back is most commonly used for children who have experienced or witnessed community, family or school violence, or who have been involved in natural disasters, or experienced traumatic separation from a loved one due to death, incarceration, deportation or child welfare detainment.
Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, stress, poor coping and problem-solving skills, poor academic performance due to poor attendance and inability to concentrate
Education level of providers:
Master’s -level mental health clinician
Bounce Back is an adaptation of a well established and evaluated cognitive behavior therapy intervention in schools called CBITS. Adapted for elementary school age students, Bounce Back is designed to meet the needs of multicultural classrooms.