The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings

WINGS: An Evidence-based SBIRT Intervention for Addressing Partner Violence Among Young Women Who Use Drugs or Alcohol

Free webinar produced in partnership with The BIG InitiativeNational SBIRT ATTC, and NORC

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This free webinar will present recent research findings on WINGS (Women Initiating New Goals of Safety), which is an evidence-based screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) service tool that is designed to identify and address partner violence among women who use drugs or alcohol. WINGS may be delivered using a computerized self-paced tool or by a service provider. These two different modalities of WINGS have recently been evaluated in a randomized controlled trial with substance-using women with promising results.

This webinar will provide an overview and demonstration of the core components of WINGS and how they may be adapted for young women who use drugs and alcohol to address the broader spectrum of gender-based violence (GBV) that they are likely to experience (i.e., intimate partner violence, dating violence and sexual violence by acquaintances, internet hook up partners, drug dealers, pimps, paying clients and others). WINGS is a single session one-hour intervention, which includes the following core components: (1) providing brief psycho-education to raise awareness on the different types of partner violence that substance-using women are likely to experience; (2) screening for different types of partner violence using a standardized tool and providing feedback on risks based on screening results; (3) increasing motivation and commitment for reducing risks for partner violence using brief motivational interviewing; (4) developing a safety plan to increase physical and sexual safety and reduce risks of experiencing partner violence; (5) enhancing social support and identifying services to reduce risks for partner violence; and (6) setting realistic goals and developing an action plan to improve safety and address violence. This seminar will also discuss organizational strategies for implementing WINGS with young women who use drugs or alcohol.
Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the evidence-base of WINGS as a SBIRT tool for identifying and addressing partner violence among women who use drugs or alcohol;
  • Identify and describe core components of WINGS and how they may be tailored to young women who use drugs and alcohol; and 
  • Identify structural and organizational factors that may facilitate or impede the implementation of WINGS with young women who use drugs or alcohol.

Louisa Gilbert, PhD

Associate Professor, Columbia School of Social Work

Dr. Gilbert is a licensed social worker with 25 years of experience developing, implementing and testing multi-level interventions to address HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, trauma, partner violence and other co-occurring issues among vulnerable communities in the U.S. and Central Asia. She has served as the Co-Director of the Social Intervention Group since 1999 and the Co-Director of the Global Health Research Center of Central Asia since 2007. Her specific area of research interest has concentrated on advancing a continuum of evidence-based interventions to prevent intimate partner violence among drug-involved women and women in the criminal justice system. She has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals from this research.


Tracy McPherson, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago