APBS Webinars

Integrating Trauma-Informed Approaches With PBIS Within an MTSS Framework

Lynne Desousa

Lynne Desousa, M.S.

Monday, May 21, 2018 3:30–5:00 pm Eastern Time

Colorado defines Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework as a prevention-based framework for assisting school personnel in adopting and organizing evidence-based behavioral supports and interventions into an integrated continuum that enhances academic and social behavior outcomes for all students. Newer to educators is the treatment framework known as Trauma-Informed Care (TIC). The focus of Trauma Informed Care is in the recognition, understanding, and responsiveness to trauma with explicit efforts made in restoring emotional safety, building healthy relationships, and creating positive opportunities where students can practice self-regulation strategies and pro-social skills. Both PBIS and TIC assume that if we learn more about precipitating factors associated with behavior, gain a better understanding of the need that the behavior serves, and identify critical features surrounding motivation or intent, we are better equipped to select strategies that will target lagging skills, teach new, pro-social behaviors that serve the same function or need, create environments where students feel safe to practice those skills, and promote self-regulation. The purpose of this session is to make connections between PBIS and TIC so practitioners can feel confident in the integration of the two as they support student success through at all levels. A general overview of both will be provided. This training is intended for participants who already have a strong foundation in PBIS.

Lynne DeSousa, M.S., is a Multi-Tiered System of Supports specialist and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Statewide Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Education. In more than 23 years in education, she has served as a CDE regional TA provider, a district-level Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) coordinator, school-based PBIS Facilitator, a school psychologist and a counselor. Areas of professional interest have included functional behavioral assessment and behavior support planning, individual and small group counseling, social emotional learning, trauma informed approaches, self-regulation strategies, classroom management, and school-wide bullying prevention and intervention. Lynne has an M.S. in School Psychology at California State University, Fresno.

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Cost: Free for APBS Members and $75 for Non-Members

Register for the webinar here: http://www.cvent.com/d/cgqp4v/4W

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Distinguished Speakers

A distinguished presenter is a leader in the field who, based on both their acknowledged expertise in the field and generosity, have either; 1) waived honoraria at an APBS sponsored event, 2) re-directed honoraria from a presentation that they provided to APBS and/or 3) have donated their honoraria following a presentation to APBS. APBS wishes to acknowledge and thank each of the following Distinguished Presenters.


Steve Goodman

Laura Riffel

Susan Barrett

Lucille Eber

Kelly Perales

Stephanie Martinez

Devon Minch

Jessica Swain-Bradway


Leanne Hawken

Kent McIntosh

Joe Lucyshyn

Kelsey Morris

Jeff Sprague


Rose Iovannone

Lucille Eber

Chris Borgmeier

Catherine Bradshaw

Sandy Hardee

Lana Asuncion-Bates

Laura Riffel

Kathleen Lynne Lane


Rob Horner

Anne Todd

Terry Scott


Mark Durand

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