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Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Schools

The Rand Corporation has issued an interesting report studying the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).  The program started about 10 years ago in California to find a way for schools to help children traumatized by violence.  According to the report, the program significantly helps children avoid PTSD symptoms and depression.  The Rand report also provides a good summary of the last 10 years of research in the area.

I like many thing about this program, starting with the fact that it is based on solid mental health research.  Like all Cognitive Behavior programs, it is short-term, providing further evidence that children do not always need long stretches of therapy to experience significant improvement.

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