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Upcoming Webinar: City of San Diego – A Biopsychosocial Success Story


Upcoming Webinar: City of San Diego – A Biopsychosocial Success Story

Upcoming Webinar: City of San Diego – A Biopsychosocial Success Story

Register to join the City of San Diego and Institutes of Health on February 29th for a virtual discussion addressing the critical issue of mental health among first responders on WorkCompCentral’s webinar platform.


First Responders experience daily exposure to traumatic events that, over months and years, accumulate and are known to result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, chronic pain, and insomnia. Although they spend their careers helping others, this group of workers are often reluctant to ask for help and when they do, their conditions are often not well understood.

This session highlights the successes of a unique partnership between City of San Diego and Institutes of Health, a company specializing in the delivery of biopsychosocial care. Panelists will underscore the importance of your role as a partner in public safety by enhancing your understanding about the inherent risks to public safety personnel, current vulnerabilities they face, and learning about best evidence-based practices that allow for improving clinical outcomes and accelerating MMI.

Our expert panel includes important perspectives from risk management, law enforcement, fire-rescue, as well as medical perspectives. They will discuss the essential components of public safety wellness programs and evidenced-based treatment protocols for first responders that can support career longevity, overall improvement in the quality of life and an overall decrease in the cost of claims.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is the biopsychosocial model of care
  • How it is used in the City of San Diego Work Comp program
  • Why cultural competency is critical to success
  • Importance of partnership among stakeholders
  • Positive outcomes of San Diego’s program


Yvonne Guibert | Institutes of Health
Joseph Sousa | City of San Diego
David Picone | San Diego Fire Rescue
Michael Branch | Institutes of Health
Dr. Kimberely Tilley, PsyD | Institutes of Health