USA CON Team-Based Trauma-Informed Integrated Behavioral Health (TBTI-IBH) ECHO®

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Attention Healthcare Providers – If your patients benefit from comprehensive and sensitive behavioral health services from local people they know and trust, then the USA CON TBTI-IBH ECHO® can provide you with interprofessional telementoring.

No cost to participate | Free continuing education credits available to eligible participants.


To provide additional support to trauma-informed integrated behavioral health workforces locally, regionally, and across the nation

Background on Health Issue

A confounding impact on mental health is trauma. Trauma includes adverse childhood experiences, accidents/disasters, physical/sexual assault, and sudden/violent loss of a loved one that can negatively impact mental health. Approximately 70% of adults, 75% of children, and 90% of behavioral health clients in the U.S. have experienced at least one traumatic event. Among all populations, those who experience six or more traumatic events die approximately 20 years earlier than those who experience less traumatic events. Adding to this list is the present COVID-19 pandemic. It may present like a disaster due to the non-routine character that exceeds the local capacity to respond to it and changes to the community, government, individual support, and infrastructure affecting a region's stability. In June 2020, COVID-19-related restrictions resulted in a 40% increase in reported mental health and substance use disorders.

Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, and people of other diverse racial/ethnic groups can experience additional racial/ethnicity-based traumatic stress and racial trauma, with those reporting two or more races being at greater risk. Given the relationship between exposure to trauma, mental health, substance use, and the additive impact of the potentially traumatic COVID-19 pandemic, it can be anticipated that there will be lifelong adverse effects on peoples’ mental health if left untreated.

TBTI-IBH Nurse Training Program

The TBTI-IBH Nurse Training Program offers PMHNP MSN, CCP Doctoral, and CMHC MSA experiential training in integrated care, with an interprofessional team approach via field practicum placements within high-need areas of the Gulf Coast region. All students who wish to be considered for a TBTI-IBH stipend must meet eligibility criteria and are expected to complete didactic, clinical, and scholarly commitments. For more information, contact the Program Director, Dr. Kim Williams.


To bring healthcare professionals together in a virtual learning environment where collaboration and connection with subject matter experts will increase the frontline capacity to provide thorough trauma-informed integrated behavioral health care to children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth within a high-demand Gulf Coast southeastern region of the United States

Our ECHO® programming consists of the following:

  • A Zoom session (9 monthly sessions)
  • A short lecture provided by sexual assault experts
  • A case scenario presentation and discussion
  • Questions, discussion, and engagement with other providers and experts
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Launch Date: TBA 2023

Session Dates

Calendar Year 2023

TBA – 9 monthly sessions

This ECHO® series, entitled Successful use of Team-based Telehealth in Trauma-informed Integrated Care Settings, will consist of nine (9) sessions. All sessions are 90 minutes, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., Central Time.

Session Date Topic
Session 1 February 2023* TBA
Session 2 March 2023* TBA
Session 3 April 2023* TBA
Session 4 May 2023* TBA
Session 5 June 2023* TBA
Session 6 July 2023* TBA
Session 7 August 2023* TBA
Session 8 September 2023* TBA
Session 9 October 2023* TBA

*Dates TBA

To Join

To join the USA CON TBTI-IBH ECHO®, please complete the Pre-registration Survey Form (link below). Upon completing this pre-registration, you will automatically receive the sessions’ Registration Survey Form for the nine (9) interactive, ninety (90) minute Zoom sessions scheduled for 2023.

The Pre-registration Survey Link will be available soon; please check back. You can also email us at to be placed on a waiting list.

Project ECHO®:  The University of South Alabama collects registration, participation, questions/answers, chat comments, and poll responses for ECHO® programs. Your individual data will be kept confidential. These data may be used for reports, maps, communications, surveys, quality assurance, evaluation, research, and to inform new initiatives.

Registration will remain open during the series period.

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The USA CON TBTI-IBH ECHO® is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling approximately $1.8 million, with zero percentage financed with nongovernmental sources.  The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement of HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.