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SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, & Referral To Treatment (March 2022)

March 15 & 16, 2022  |  8:00 AM 12:00 PM Central 

The registration link for this training will be provided to participants who complete the prerequisite courses: Motivational Interviewing Level 1 (Relational Skills) and Motivational Interviewing Level 2 (Technical Skills).


Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based method for reducing harm and improving outcomes for patients with substance use disorders. This SBIRT training will prepare participants to deliver SBIRT interventions in health care and other settings. In this interactive, instructor led workshop you will learn about and practice using screening tools, administering, and interpreting assessments, giving feedback, and making recommendations including recommending treatment.



1. Define the five categories of use on the substance use continuum

2. Explain the rationale for universal SBIRT

3. State how to conduct each step of the process of SBIRT, incorporating aspects of motivational interviewing

4. Administer SBIRT to adult patients

5. Discuss how to conduct follow-up after initial SBIRT sessions

6. Describe indications, adverse effects, and dosing for FDA-approved medications for substance use disorders

7. Delineate common barriers to administering high-quality SBIRT systematically to all patients and how to overcome those barriers

Prerequisites: Motivational Interviewing Level 1 (Relational Skills) & Motivational Interviewing Level 2 (Technical Skills)



Participants who attend all three sessions in full will be eligible for 9 NAADAC Continuing Education hours. Note: partial credit will not be awarded.












Laura Saunders, MSSW

Laura A. Saunders, MSSW, is the Wisconsin State Project Manager for the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers. Her position is housed at the UW–Madison, where she’s worked since 1988. Since 2001, Laura has provided SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing training to physicians, nurses, medical students, psychologists, specialty addiction treatment providers, social workers, physical therapists, health educators, and staff who work in correctional settings. She has provided feedback and coaching to hundreds of social workers, correctional staff, and other human service providers who are interested in using evidence-based practices with fidelity. Laura joined the international group of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2006 (Sophia, Bulgaria) and is an active member of the Wisconsin MINT group.



To ensure all participants get the most out of these interactive virtual trainings, we ask that everyone be prepared to do the following in every session:

                                     Participate in Breakout Rooms          Turn Camera On                 Open Chat


The Great Lakes A/MH/PTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is offered in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders. 

Individuals working in HHS Region 5 have priority registration for our trainings

Starts: Mar. 15, 2022 8:00 am
Ends: Mar. 16, 2022 12:00 pm
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