Methods: The goal of Project SECURE is to enhance the physical and emotional security of students in elementary schools in an urban school district by increasing their Safety, Equity, Caring, Understanding, and Resilience. Guided by the principles of evidence-based, multi-tiered, and responsive support systems, Project SECURE will offer universal and targeted interventions (Second Step and Bounce Back, respectively) to improve social-emotional skills, reduce bullying, and ameliorate the devastating effects of trauma. SRI researchers will employ a three-cohort mixed-methods design to test the efficacy of Project SECURE’s trauma-informed tiered system of support to improve school safety.
Second Step is a universal classroom-based program designed to decrease problem behaviors and increase students’ school success by promoting self-regulation and social-emotional competence. The grade K‑5 curriculum includes 20 to 25 lessons per year that address empathy, impulse control, and anger management in developmentally appropriate ways.
Bounce Back is a structured secondary-level group therapy program designed for elementary school children who have experienced significant traumatic stress. School-based clinicians deliver the program through 10 group therapy sessions, 2 to 3 individual sessions, and up to 3 parent engagement sessions.
Results: This presentation will describe the outcomes from the universal intervention (Second Step) and the secondary level intervention for students suffering the effects of trauma (Bounce Back) after two years of implementation.
Conclusions: Results from the study will strengthen the knowledge base regarding effective universal and secondary level interventions for students exposed to trauma in elementary schools. More specifically, Project SECURE is being implemented in a diverse urban school district with the goal to reduce bias and increase access to services for students and families who typically do not receive or have access to evidence-based practices.