Training Goals and Objectives:

Goals: The goal of this training is to help participants develop their knowledge, skills and abilities as Substance Use Screenng, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Trainers. At the end of this training participants will be able to:

  • Understand the information screening does and does not provide
  • Define brief intervention
  • Describe the goals of conducting a BI
  • Understand the counselor's role in providing BI
  • Describe referral to treatment
  • Identify SBIRT as a system change initiative
  • Introduce the public health approach
  • Understand the continuum of substance use

Audience: Social Workers, counselors and other behavioral health providers from all settings can benefit from understanding substance use across a continuum and its impact on clients behavioral health and other psychosocial interactions.

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Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum:

This curriculum offers skills-based education on Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). The curriculum is comprised of an Instructor's Toolkit containing the Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT with companion slide decks and supplemental resources, and ​the ​web-based SBI with Adolescents simulation program. The guide and simulation program bring together the tools that educators, field instructors, preceptors, students, and practitioners need to screen adolescents for alcohol and other drug use using validated tools; deliver effective brief interventions using motivational interviewing skills; link adolescents to medical, behavioral or specialty treatment services as needed; work with other health professionals in ongoing care coordination; and provide follow-up and recovery supports to adolescents.

Adolescent SBIRT Learner's Guide for Instructors:

The Instructor's Toolkit contains the Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT with companion slide decks and supplemental resources​. In addition, it includes examples of sample interactions between a practitioner and adolescent or young adult practice; dialogues and role plays that learners can use to practice the components of SBIRT; extensive appendix of materials including adolescent substance use screening tools, case studies, pocket cards, and performance feedback and evaluation tools for assessing quality and fidelity during role play and simulation exercises; suggested readings that align with each module of the Learner’s Guide; sample course syllabus; and sample measures that can used as part of a pretest/posttest survey. 

How to Download

  • Please click here to request a copy of the curriculum and Learner's Guide.