Promoting Resilience In Elementary Students With Post-Traumatic Symptoms
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The Bounce Back is a research-based program designed to develop resilience in elementary students with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Developed by Dr. Audra Langley, the Bounce Back program is based on the Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program, which has been implemented widely across the United States to help middle and high school students to overcome stressful and traumatic experiences. The Bounce Back program is administered by a mental health professional and includes group sessions (10 sessions), group parent sessions (1-3 sessions), and individual student sessions (2-3 sessions) that promote coping skills, emotional awareness, emotional regulation, and problem-solving skills. The key components of the program are parent involvement and the development of a trauma narrative called: “My Story”.
The Bounce Back program also provides online and in-person training for educators in order to help them to learn more about the program.
Research evidence suggests that the Bounce Back program significantly improved post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms (Langley, Gonzalez, Sugar, Solis, & Jaycox, 2015).
Langley, A., Gonzalez, A., Sugar, C., Solis, D., & Jaycox, L. H. (2015). Bounce Back. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
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