Trauma and Education




The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a school-based, group and individual intervention. 

It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.

CBITS has been used with students from 5th grade through 12th grade who have witnessed or experienced traumatic life events such as community and school violence, accidents and injuries, physical abuse and domestic violence, and natural and man-made disasters and much more. 


CBITS uses cognitive-behavioral techniques (e.g., psychoeducation, relaxation, social problem solving, cognitive restructuring, and exposure.)

Call About Kids Advocacy today to learn how this program can help your child and be included as part of your child's education!


A special thanks to the NCTSN for training the staff of AKA


When the emotional needs of your child interferes with their education, the Local Educational Agency (school District) is required to complete an educational related mental health assessment (ERMHS). This evaluation should be part of the Individual Education Plan (IEP).Mental health issues does not just impact the child with needs. It also impacts the parents, siblings and others involved in the child's life. Combined, our staff has expertise in:
  • Assessments of complex trauma
  • Neurobiology of complex trauma
  • Childhood traumatic grief
  • Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma focused CBT
  • Family focused trauma
  • All forms of child abuse and neglect
  • Adolescent substance abuse 

Why is this important? This allows us to ensure the assessment and services provided by the school district are accurate or allows us to complete our own evaluation and services to provide to the family and child.