Bounce Back Program Overview

Bounce Back is a school-based group intervention for elementary students exposed to stressful and traumatic events. With 20-50% of American children experiencing trauma within their families, at their schools, and in their communities, it's essential to help children heal. Bounce Back teaches students ways to cope with and recover from traumatic experiences, so they can get back to doing what they want to do and need to do.

Designed to be administered by clinicians, Bounce Back is based on the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). The Bounce Back program includes 10 group sessions, 1-3 group parent sessions, and 2-3 individual student sessions.

Group Sessions
The clinician meets with a group of 4-7 students for an hour once a week for 10 weeks. Session content includes coping skills, feelings identification, relaxation exercises, positive activities, social support, and problem solving.

Parent Sessions
The clinician reviews the skills the children are learning in Bounce Back, so parents can support the children practicing the skills at home.

Individual Sessions
The clinician helps each child develop a "My Story" trauma narrative. Near the end of the program, the clinician meets with the parent and child to share the child's story.

The Bounce Back program is appropriate for children and families of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds.

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Bounce Back offers online and in-person training for educators. Register with our website to access the free online training and materials. If you'd like to schedule an in-person training, contact us at or (213) 821-4398.

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Register with our website to gain instant access to free resources, including everything you'll need to implement Bounce Back in your school, including:

  • Our interactive online training course that will prepare you to implement Bounce Back
  • Sample materials and forms to help you deliver Bounce Back in your school
  • A robust online community where you can engage with other professionals through discussion boards, question and answer sessions with the creators of the intervention, and a space where you can collaborate on documents
  • Video clips of the intervention developers providing practical advice on Bounce Back implementation
  • And more!