In this time of personal and societal introspection, re-examination, and protest, we at the TSA Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools stand with Black Lives Matter, and join the anti-racism movement to look for ways to make our society one of health, healing, and equity, where all students, and especially Black students, can thrive. For over two decades we’ve had the mission of bringing evidence-based trauma interventions into schools with ethnically, racially, and linguistically diverse student populations, for more equitable and inclusive access to care. We recognize that helping students recover from trauma focuses on healing after a trauma occurs, not on the systematic policies and institutions that set them up to be exposed to violence, trauma, marginalization, and racism in the first place. We commit to examining our own work, unconscious biases, and privilege as we move forward in this community-partnered work.
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.
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.
The clinician reviews the skills the children are learning in Bounce Back, so parents can support the children practicing the skills at home.
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.
Take the Online Training Course
Register with our website to access the free online training and materials. This course is free and provides 6 hours of CEU's approved by the American Psychological Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Live Training Options
In-Person: This training is 9 hours total and is conducted over the course of 1.5-days. Certified Bounce Back Faculty travel to deliver the training onsite.
Virtual: Bounce Back training can be conducted via Zoom platform. Certified Bounce Back trainers typically deliver the course over three 3-hour modules.
If you'd like to schedule an in-person training, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access Free Resources
Register with our website to gain instant access to free resources, including everything you'll need to implement Bounce Back in your school, including:
- The Bounce Back Manual and Worksheets
- 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!