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A Cultural Adaptation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, (SBIRT) for Working with Hispanic and Latinx Communities - Part 1

This is part 1 of a 2-part webinar series.

Culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies are the means to ensure respectful and responsive services that enhance effective outcomes for racial, ethnic, and other underserved communities in behavioral health care. As such, being culturally informed when conducting evidence based (EB) practices such as Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, (SBIRT) can help Hispanic and Latinx clients reduce their substance use.

SBIRT, is an evidence-based practice that helps practitioners identify and intervene with people whose pattern of substance use puts them at risk for or are experiencing substance-related health and other psychosocial problems. The question is: How do we facilitate SBIRT without compromising the fidelity of the model while practicing culturally responsive care?

This two session webinar series will review current landscape of substance use and benefits of culturally adapted evidence-based interventions that align with culturally and appropriate services standards, (CLAS). Further, the content will inform on how a culturally informed framework can help meet the needs and enhance quality care among Hispanic communities at risk.

Goal: Clinical and non-clinical professionals will review the dynamics of facilitating a culturally responsive SBIRT intervention for reducing substance use with Latinx communities and enhance their recovery and wellness process.

Session 1
Aug 3rd
Time: 12:30-2:00pm MT (2:30-4p ET)
Cost: Free


  • Review Hispanic and Latinx behavioral health disparities
  • Define social determinants of health and implications for communities
  • Define cultural adaptations of practices and purpose
  • Describe cultural & linguistic appropriate services (CLAS) standards
  • Identify benefits of stigma free terminology and referred language
  • Define evidence-based practice (EBP) and importance of fidelity

Session 2
Aug 10th
Time: 12:30-2:00pm MT (2:30-4p ET)
Cost: Free


  • Define the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, (SBIRT) model
  • List opportunities for cultural adaptations
  • List dynamics of a culturally appropriate, trauma informed, inclusive environment
  • Identify factors of a culturally responsive rapport and engagement for screening
  • List benefits of the person-centered approach using core skills of motivational interviewing in a brief intervention interaction
  • Identify benefits of working with client’s cultural concept of substance use
  • List cultural considerations for a referral to treatment and language conducive terminology


About the Presenter

photo of Diana Padilla, CLC, CARC, CASAC-T

Diana Padilla, CLC, CARC, CASAC-T

Research Project Manager @New York State Psychiatric Institute, Division of Substance Use Disorders, Columbia University Medical Center

Diana Padilla is a Research Project Manager, at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Division of Substance Use Disorders, Columbia University Medical Center. She is a curriculum developer and senior trainer for the Northeast & Caribbean Addiction and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers.

Ms. Padilla is certified by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (NYS OASAS) as an SBIRT trainer. She provides intensive technical assistance and implementation support to organizations in a variety of settings, who are seeking to incorporate the SBIRT intervention practice to address health, psychosocial, and other concerns related to harmful levels of alcohol and other substance use.

Starts: Aug. 3, 2022 2:30 pm
Ends: Aug. 3, 2022 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline
August 3, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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