The Substance Abuse Research Consortium Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training Series

Description and Learning Objectives

Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment approaches are utilized in a variety of care settings. SBIRT has been shown to be effective in primary care settings, where it is incorporated into other routine medical assessments such as measuring blood pressure. It has been proven particularly effective in hospital emergency departments and trauma centers with individuals with alcohol‐related injuries. This training focuses on screening procedures to identify risk; key motivational interviewing concepts and principles  that are  tied  to effective  use of  the FLO  (Feedback; Listen and Understand; Options Explored) brief intervention; and referral to treatment for patients with more serious substance use‐related problems. At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to: (1) Describe the background and rationale for conducting SBIRT in a variety of health settings; (2) Explain how to utilize screening procedures to identify patients engaged in at‐risk substance use behaviors; and (3) Demonstrate a three‐step motivational interviewing‐based brief intervention strategy to motivate patients to change their at‐risk behavior and/or seek treatment. The 2017 SARC training series seeks to increase the number of primary care providers who can serve as champions to broaden the effective use and implementation of SBIRT in primary care settings throughout California.  

Northern California

May 3, 2017
9:00am - 1:15pm

Sierra Health Foundation Bannon Island
1321 Garden Highway
Sacramento, California  95833

June 6, 2017
9:00am - 1:15pm

Hospice of Humboldt Conference Room
3327 Timber Fall Court
Eureka, California  95503

Southern California

May 9, 2017
9:00am - 1:15pm

Ventura County Behavioral Health Training Room
1911 Williams Drive
Oxnard, California  93036

May 24, 2017
9:00am - 1:15pm

Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles
281 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 100
Los Angeles, California  90012



To register online, please visit:

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SARC admission is free and meeting capacity per session is limited to the first 100 participants who pre‐register.

This training is approved by the California Department of Health Care Services, and fulfills the 4‐hour SBIRT training requirement noted in the Provider Manual and All Plan Letter dated February 10, 2014 (APL 14‐004).

Co-Sponsored by:
California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the
Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

Coordinated by:
UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP)
Humboldt County DHHS-Mental Health and Partnership HealthPlan of California
Ventura County Health Services Agency

2017 California Addiction Training and Education Series

"Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
and Relapse Prevention (RP) Strategies"


Training Overview

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Substance Use Disorders (SUD) was initially directed toward preventing relapse to problematic drinking, and was later adapted for use with cocaine-dependent individuals. Since then it has become a mainstay of evidence-based SUD treatment. Cognitive-behavioral strategies are based on the theory that in the development of maladaptive behavioral patterns like substance abuse, learning processes play a critical role. Individuals in CBT learn to identify and correct problematic behaviors by applying a range of different skills that can be used to stop alcohol and other drug use. As well as address a range of other problems that often co-occur with it. CBT for substance use disorders has demonstrated efficacy as both a monotherapy and as part of combination treatment strategies.

Purpose and Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  1. Discuss key principles of classical and operant conditioning, social learning theory, and behavioral modeling.
  2. Describe how these key principles form the foundation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and relapse prevention (RP).
  3. Define drug refusal skills, abstinence violation syndrome, and cognitive reframing. Then discuss how these critical concepts can be incorporated into individual and group CBT sessions.
  4. Define the 5 W’s of a client’s drug use and demonstrate how to conduct a relapse analysis.
The purpose of this interactive daylong CATES training is to provide participants with a detailed overview of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and relapse prevention (RP) strategies, the available resources and encourage use of these strategies in daily clinical practice. The training is broken into three parts. Part I will focus on the underlying principles of CBT and RP, including an introduction to CBT and RP and how the behavioral interventions are used in the treatment of substance use disorders; the principles of social learning theory; the principles of classical and operant conditioning; the 5 W’s – functional analysis, including demonstration/practice conducting a functional analysis. Part II will focus on the specific elements of CBT, including the trigger-thought-craving-use sequence; identifying triggers in high- and low- risk situations; the neurobiological understanding of cravings; drug refusal skills; abstinence violation syndrome; and cognitive reframing. Lastly, Part III will focus on instructing participants on methods for using CBT strategies, including explanation of treatment provider role/style in facilitating CBT sessions; how to conduct group and individual CBT sessions; principles of using CBT (e.g., repetition, practice, rationale, scripts, etc.); creating a daily recovery plan; and how to handle relapse and conduct a relapse analysis and 24-hour behavioral plan with a client. All three parts of the daylong training will include trainer demonstrations and, group discussions.

Tuesday, May 25, 2017

Rustin Conference Center
2085 Rustin Avenue, Suite 1
Riverside, CA 92507

(Riverside County/Southern California)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Red Oak Room
2060 Campus Drive
Yreka, CA 96097

(Siskiyou County/Northern California)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

1875 Arnold Drive
Martinez, CA  94553
(Start time: 9:30AM. End time: 5:00PM.)

(Contra Costa County/Bay Area)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Board of Supervisors Chambers
1115 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA  93301

(Kern County/Central California)



To register online, please visit:

To register by mail:
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Funding for this training series was made possible in part by cooperative agreement 1 UR1 TI024242-05 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and Department of Health Care Services contract 14-90429.

Sponsored by:

UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP)
Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center
California Department of Health Care Services
National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network Western States Node
County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California (CBHDA)
Riverside University Health System Behavioral Health
Siskiyou County Behavioral Health Services
Contra Costa Health Services, Behavioral Health Division
Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services