Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Among Substance-using Women: The WINGS Brief Intervention Model

September 23, 2016 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Columbia School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., New York 10027


About 1 in 4 women experience physical and sexual intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetime. For women who use drugs or alcohol, the likelihood of experiencing IPV increases. And yet only 5 percent of these women seek treatment and other services for substance abuse and IPV.

That’s what led researchers at the Columbia School of Social Work to develop Women Initiating New Goals of Safety, or WINGS, an evidence-based screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment and service (SBIRT) tool. WINGS is a one-hour, single-session intervention that includes (1) raising awareness about IPV and how it is linked to substance misuse; (2) screening for IPV and providing feedback on risks;  (3) developing a safety plan;  (4) enhancing social support to address IPV; and (5) setting  goals and developing an action plan to improve relationship safety.

This workshop is co-facilitated by CSSW Associate Professor Louisa Gilbert, who developed the WINGS tool as part of her work for the Social Intervention Group (SIG), and SIG research scientist and Director of Training and Capacity Building Tim Hunt.  Special consideration will be given to developing the skills needed to implement the intervention in a wide range of organizations and contexts. In addition to CEU credits, participants will receive the accompanying Intervention Manual to be facilitated by a case manager, along with access to a training only link for the WINGS computerized self-paced tool.

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