Webinar: “Trauma screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (T-SBIRT): An Introduction”

The Institute for Child and Family Well-Being is proud to host the webinar “Trauma screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (T-SBIRT): Introduction to a promising, brief protocol for social service and healthcare settings” with Dr. Dimitri Topitzes, Clinical Director of the Institute for Child and Family Well-being, and Lisa Ortiz, UMOS, on June 17th at 11:00 CST.

This webinar will introduce participants to a discrete trauma responsive protocol – trauma screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment or T-SBIRT – which has been implemented in various healthcare and social services settings in southeastern Wisconsin. Integrating T-SBIRT within such programs recognizes two interrelated truths: 1) most people experience significant adversity and trauma across the life course, an assertion that is all-the-more salient during this time of pandemic, stay-at-home orders, and collective trauma, and 2) frequent exposure to adversity and trauma undermines functioning across myriad domains including physical, mental, and behavioral health.

Delivered by psychotherapists, case managers, nurses, or other professional service providers, T-SBIRT helps programs address the effects of trauma exposure among clients and patients. More often than not, trauma is at the root of client and patient presenting problems. The protocol therefore contributes to effective and efficient trauma-responsive care and overall service delivery.

During the webinar, we will detail the T-SBIRT protocol, which is based on SBIRT for substance misuse and requires anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to complete. In addition, we will review results from several studies that we have conducted, indicating that it is feasible to implement T-SBIRT within healthcare and social service programs and that T-SBIRT may be associated with improved mental health and employment outcomes among social service program participants.

Dr. Topitzes, who designed and tests T-SBIRT, will lead the webinar along with Lisa Ortiz, a supervisor who oversees implementation of T-SBIRT in her TANF program. Dr. Topitzes will outline the details of the protocol while summarizing T-SBIRT evaluation study findings. Ms. Ortiz will detail her experience with T-SBIRT, highlighting obstacles to implementation along with perceived staff and client benefits.

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