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“Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools”

Apr 08, 2013 -- 3:08 pm
In collaboration with the IDEA Partnership, the Quality and Evidence Base Practice (QEBP) Practice Group will host a webinar on Wednesday April 17 from 1:00-2:30 EST titled
“Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools” that will feature two presentations.

The first presentation will feature Nic Dibble from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction who will share how Wisconsin is building on existing mental health initiatives to use a Response to Intervention (RtI) framework to help schools support students affected by trauma. Resources that will be shared include Wisconsin’s toolkit for schools, links to publications and websites that describe how schools can become more trauma-informed, and specific strategies schools can adopt to be more trauma-sensitive. The second presentation will feature Erin Butts from the University of Montana Institute for Educational Research and Service who will discuss secondary traumatic stress (STS), burnout, and self-care. She will identify STS signs and symptoms, discuss their significance, and provide recommendations for self-care. Her presentation will include an interactive exercise that can be used during stressful situations.


Nic Dibble, LSSW, CISW, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Erin Butts, MSW, University of Montana Institute for Educational Research and Service

Instructions to join the webinar:

1. To join the meeting go

2. Please sign in as a guest. This allows you to view the power point slides and participate in instant messaging during the webinar.

3. To listen to the meeting and participate in the discussion, please call in via telephone. Conference Number: 1-877-512-6886 and Participant Code: 2365393812

4. Please turn off your computer's speakers.

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If you need help with Adobe Connect please email Dr. Mariola Rosser

If you have questions about the webinar, please email Dr. Nicole Evangelista Brandt

Nic Dibbleis the State Consultant for School Social Work for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. His areas of responsibility include mental health, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), school discipline, homebound instruction, child welfare and maltreatment, attendance and truancy, student records, and teen parents. His work with schools involves technical assistance, resource and professional development, and interagency collaboration. Nic co-wrote Ethical Decision Making in School Mental Health published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He worked 12 years as a school social worker before joining the Department of Public Instruction and also served as the Program Manager for the Families and Schools Together (FAST) Program. Other experiences include serving as President of his local school board and Chair of the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund Board.

Erin Butts is a Behavioral Health Specialist for the University of Montana Institute for Educational Research and Service, host site of the National Native Children’s Trauma Center. Her work primarily focuses in the areas of secondary traumatic stress, burnout and self-care, suicide prevention, childhood traumatic stress and trauma-informed interventions. Her work is also in partnership with the Montana Office of Public Instruction to coordinate statewide school mental health initiatives.

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