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Stamford Public Schools Chosen To Participate In Training Program

Stamford Public Schools has been selected to participate in a yearlong intensive training program in the use and implementation of Cognitive Behavioral supports for Trauma in Schools (CBITS).
Stamford Public Schools has been selected to participate in a yearlong intensive training program in the use and implementation of Cognitive Behavioral supports for Trauma in Schools (CBITS). Photo Credit: Stamford Public Schools

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford Public Schools announced that it has been selected by the Department of Children and Families to participate in a yearlong intensive training program in the use and implementation of Cognitive Behavioral supports for Trauma in Schools.

CBITS is a nationally recognized evidence-based group intervention program for students who have suffered from traumatic experiences.

“We are so excited to partner with the state in providing this wonderful program to our students,” said Joe O’Callaghan, SPS Department Head of Social Work. “This opportunity will help us develop our skills in delivering the program that will inevitably benefit our students, teachers, and families.”

SPS has already trained a number of social workers and psychologists in the program over the past year. DCF has offered to integrate the SPS in its training cohort because of the work the district is already doing to improve mental health programming for students.

The DCF training includes a $75,000 stipend to support the program. The Stamford Board of Education Fiscal Committee approved DCF's contract and the $75,000 award last week.

The full board is expected to vote and approve the program at the regular BOE meeting on Tuesday.

Stamford Public Schools comprises more than 16,000 students, over 1,500 professionals and 20 schools, including six magnet and two International Baccalaureate schools. SPS has a total of 12 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools.

The mission of SPS is to prepare each and every student for higher education and success in the 21st century. It's proud that its district is as rich in diversity as it is in talent.

SPS has students from many cultural backgrounds and geographic locations—as demonstrated by the more than 65 different languages spoken in the homes of its families.

SPS offers its students students a learning experience rich in cultural diversity and reflective of the global society in which they will work and live.

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