Support for Students Exposed to Trauma

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Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) is a school-based group intervention for students who have been exposed to traumatic events and are suffering from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In 10 group lessons, students who participate learn a wide variety of skill-building techniques to reduce current problems with:

  • anxiety or nervousness 
  • withdrawal or isolation 
  • depressed mood 
  • acting out in school 
  • impulsive or risky behavior 

Sessions focus on:

  • Common reactions to trauma 
  • Relaxation techniques 
  • Coping strategies 
  • Learning to approach difficult situations 
  • Developing a trauma narrative 
  • Problem Solving 

SSET is a close adaptation of the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program, which has a more extensive evidence base and is delivered by mental health professionals.

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