Support for Students Exposed to Trauma

After witnessing or experiencing trauma, many children experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as depression, behavioral problems, substance use, and poor school performance.

Support for Students Exposed to Trauma (SSET) is a series of lessons designed to reduce distress resulting from exposure to trauma. It includes skill-building techniques geared toward changing unhelpful thoughts and promoting positive behaviors.

Risk Factors Addressed:

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

Skills Built:

  • ability to deal with real-life problems and stressors
  • problem solving
  • relaxation

Age/Grade Level: Ages 10–14

Setting: Small group of 8-10 students during school day

Format: 10 lessons

Effectiveness: 2009 study demonstrated that:

  1. Students showed reductions in trauma symptoms, with those having a high level of symptoms before taking SSET benefitting the most;
  2. Teachers reported improvements in student behavior;
  3. Both students and parents reported high satisfaction with the program.