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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) – December 2023

In order to register for this course, you must complete the Motivational Interviewing Level 1 and Level 2 course.


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 the SBIRT process, practice using SBIRT screening tools, practice administering and interpreting assessments, and understand how to give feedback and make recommendations, including recommendations for treatment.




  • Define the five categories of use on the substance use continuum
  • Explain the rationale for universal SBIRT
  • Understand how to use motivational interviewing to conduct each step of the SBIRT process (screening, brief assessment, and intervention/referral)
  • Administer SBIRT to adult patients
  • Discuss how to conduct patient follow-up after initial SBIRT sessions
  • Describe indications, adverse effects, and dosing for FDA-approved medications for substance use disorders
  • Delineate common barriers to administering high-quality SBIRT systematically to all patients and how to overcome those barriers




  • December 13 from 9:00 AM–1:00 PM CT 
  • December 14, from 9:00 AM–1:00 PM CT

This is a two day training. You must attend both days.




Registrants who fully attend this training will be eligible to receive 8 NAADAC-certified continuing education (CE) hours. CE certificates are sent to qualifying individuals via email within two weeks after the event or training. 




Trainer, Dr Rich Brown

Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH

Richard L. Brown , MD, MPH, is a highly experienced family physician and healthcare leader who is a nationally recognized leader in implementing the "Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment" (SBIRT) program focused on preventing problematic use, abuse and dependence of alcohol and illicit drugs. Dr. Brown has served as a practice-transformation team member for an SBIRT-related project administered by the National Council on Behavioral Health and funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

Most recently, Dr. Brown served as a market medical director for ConcertoHealth. Previous to that he as professor of Family Medicine and director of the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles, at the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and CEO and Chief Medical Officer for Wellsys, LLC.

Among his many accolades, Dr. Brown is a recipient of several awards including the Hope in Healing Award from the Addiction Resource Council of Waukesha, Wis. He holds a bachelor's degree in biology from Brown University in Providence, R.I., where he also received his M.D. degree. He also earned an M.P.H. degree from the University of Washington, in Seattle, Wash. 



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 being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.

Starts: Dec. 13, 2023 9:00 am
Ends: Dec. 14, 2023 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline
December 13, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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