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Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Workshop March 2021

The Great Lakes ATTC offers this training to behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

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 two-part training, you will learn about and practice using screening tools, administering and interpreting assessments, giving feedback and making recommendations, including recommending treatment. 

Training Dates and Times

Participants will need to attend both sessions: 

March 4, 2021
March 5, 2021
Both sessions are from 8:00am–12:00pm CST


Participants in the SBIRT training are required to complete two prior training series: 

Motivational Interviewing Foundation: Relational Skills (Jan. 21, 27, and Feb. 4, 2020) 
Motivational Interviewing Foundation: Technical Skills  (Feb. 18, 11, and 25, 2021)

If you have had extensive training in Motivational Interviewing and wish to be considered for an exemption, please contact the course instructor: [email protected]   

Learning Objectives

  • Define the 5 categories of use on the substance use continuum 
  • Explain the rationale for universal SBIRT 
  • State how to conduct each step of the SBIRT process screening, brief assessment, and intervention/referral), incorporating aspects of motivational interviewing 
  • Administer SBIRT to adult patients 
  • Discuss how to conduct 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 and how to overcome them



Laura SaundersLaura 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.

Starts: Mar. 4, 2021 8:00 am
Ends: Mar. 5, 2021 12:00 pm
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