• Training Modules

    CBITS Training
    CBITS training is recommended for any mental health clinicians interested in implementing the model. It is designed for master’s degree-level (or higher) mental health professionals. 
    The 2-day clinical training includes: 1) An overview of child trauma and PTSD and the mental health and academic consequences, 2) A review of the history and evidence base of CBITS, 3) Instruction and practice with screening and assessment, including the introduction of valid screening tools, 4) Thorough session by session demonstrations and supervised practice of each core concept for group and individual sessions, including how to make the material culturally and contextually relevant to the audience, 5) Review of parent and teacher sessions, and 6) Engagement activities around implementation issues and site planning.
    Child Trauma: The Effects of Community Violence on Students
    This workshop will paint a picture of both hope and caution. Children exposed to violence and trauma can be resilient, with the proper support. The negative effects of violence exposure on learning are well documented and may explain one aspect of the bleak reality that minority and underserved students continue to trail far behind their peers in academic outcomes after generations of education “reform”. Multiple studies have found that substantial numbers of children exposed to community violence and trauma later develop symptoms of child traumatic stress and associated difficulties. Exposure to community violence has also been positively correlated with decreased reading ability, lower grade-point average, more days of school absence, decreased rates of high school graduation, and increased expulsions and suspensions.
    This workshop underscores the importance of focusing on prevention and early intervention, and identifying students who need further treatment to ensure that those that need it get the appropriate treatment rather than assuming that children will outgrow their symptoms.
    Treating Trauma in Schools
    Introduction to Prevention and Early Intervention using Evidence Based/Trauma-Informed, Culturally Competent Practice for Mental Health Professionals.
    This workshop introduces a framework for creating “trauma informed” school systems by building the capacity of school community stakeholders: administrators, teachers, and school mental health professionals to understand the connection between children’s life experiences and their behaviors at school. The trauma-informed school can make specific modifications in the classroom and system wide, promoting school wide positive behavior supports to students who have been exposed to trauma.
    Psycho-education Program; Impact of Trauma on Students For:
      a. Mental Health Professionals
      b. Educators - Teachers, School Administrators, Aides, Office Staff
      c. Parents, Families and Community Members
      d. Law Enforcement Professionals
      e. Juvenile Justice Staff
    These workshops are designed to impact the systems in which we operate as professionals and caregivers. They are designed to provide a “trauma lens”, underscore the importance of focusing on prevention and early intervention and identifying students who need further treatment to ensure that those that need it get the appropriate treatment rather than assuming that children will outgrow their symptoms. These workshops will also introduce Psychological First Aid for students after a school crisis, emergency or disaster. This model helps students bounce back more quickly from a critical event; assisting students to return to school, stay in school, continue to learn, and return to their usual school based activities after such an event.
  • Contact


    LaKisha Johnson, LCSW, M.A. Ed, PPSC
    E: lakisha.bridgewater@lausd.net

    333 S. Beaudry Ave. 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

  • School Mental Health Brochure