Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the CBSG® Program?

A: The CBSG® Program is a multi-cultural preventive intervention for selective and indicated populations of children and youth, ages 4-17 , whose high-risk situations, attitudes and behaviors place them at elevated risk for substance abuse, delinquency and violence.  The CBSG® Program provides an evidence-based curriculum of coping, social and substance abuse prevention skills delivered in a highly-structured support group process by a trained, caring group facilitator.

Selective Populations Appropriate for Inclusion in the CBSG® Program:  CBSG® Program literature (Brown, 2002) defines an appropriate selective population as being: “children and youth living in high-risk situations that involve adverse childhood experiences.”  The focus is on the situation rather than on the individual, with the presence ofthe high-risk situation being the reason for the referral of the individual into the program.  “High-risk situations” are defined as including (but not limited to):  substance abusing or addicted parents/siblings; parents and/or siblings engaged in crime or violence; residing in a homeless family or domestic violence center; living in severe poverty; living in foster care or living in a group residential setting awaiting foster care; experiencing family separation or divorce; and living/going to school in decaying, disorganized and/or crime/drug affected neighborhoods.  

Indicated Populations Appropriate for Inclusion in the CBSG® Program:  Children and youth (who may or may not live in high-risk situations) who display observable deficits in coping and social skills and/or early signs of anti-social attitudes and behaviors, including substance use. The focus is on the attitudes and behaviors of the individual rather than on the situation, which may be a confounding risk factor, but not the reason for referral into the program.

CBSG® Program Facilitator Manual:  The same age groupings, topics, format and activities are used in all CBSG® Program implementation settings. Spanish translations of participant materials are included. Because different settings have unique needs, there is a separate CBSG® Program Facilitator Manual for use in:  

  • Schools & Community-Based Settings
  • Shelters, Group Homes & Transitional Settings
  • Christian Faith-Based Settings  

NOTE:  To accommodate grant and contract requirements, the age groupings for schools and community-based settings are also available in separate volumes under the names Kids’ Connection (For Ages 4-12)and Youth Connection(For Ages 10-17.)

Q: How is the CBSG® Program implemented?

A: The Rainbow Days’ CBSG® Program has been successfully implemented throughout the United States, in Ecuador and in England in a variety of settings, including schools, after-school programs, recreation centers, homeless shelters, group homes, outreach programs, churches, alternative schools, and juvenile detention centers.

  • Participants are grouped by age and developmental level, with group size being limited to 6 to 12 members, depending on age and development.
  • The CBSG® Program versions for schools and community-based sites and Christian faith-based settings do not allow new members after the second session, thus being identified as closed groups.  The version for shelters, group homes and transitional settings allows an exception to this rule; as an open group.
  • Typically, there are 10 sessions for selective populations and 12 sessions for indicated populations, plus optional pre/post evaluation survey sessions.  Session duration is the same period of time as one regular school class period – or 30 minutes for Pre-School or 60 minutes fro all other ages.  Sessions are conducted either weekly or bi-weekly depending on the setting.
  • All group sessions are held in private, youth-appropriate settings. 
  • Group rules provide for member confidentiality.

Q: What materials are needed to implement the CBSG® Program?

A: The CBSG® Program Facilitator’s Manual is available for schools & community-based settings; shelters, group homes and transitional settings and Christian faith-based settings.

The Trans4m Center conducts a required, comprehensive, CBSG® Program Facilitator Training, which prepares participants to implement the program and includes aCBSG® Program Facilitator’s Manual. The Manuals are only available to trained facilitators.

The CBSG® Program Facilitator’s Manuals are designed to be self-contained and facilitator-friendly.  They contain handout masters on CDs or USBs that can be copied for the children/youth participants.  Facilitators need to supply basic art/craft supplies such as paper, crayons, markers, glue sticks, etc.

Q: Is the CBSG® Program available in Spanish?

A: The handout masters for all participant activities are available in Spanish on CDs or USBs and in all CBSG® Program adaptations.