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


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




  • May 17, 2023 from 8:30 AM–11:30 AM CT 
  • May 24, 2023 from 8:30 AM–11:30 AM CT 
  • May 31, 2023 from 8:30 AM–10:30 AM CT 



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. 





Laura A. 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.




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: May. 17, 2023 8:30 am
Ends: May. 31, 2023 11:30 am
Registration Deadline
May 17, 2023
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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