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The SBIRT Model: Assessing Alcohol and Substance Use among LGBTQ+ Populations

LGBTQ+ individuals are at heightened risk for alcohol and substance use across the lifespan as a result of myriad stressors which can result in a variety of health and mental health concerns. While the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model has been widely used among adults as a universal screening assessment for alcohol and/or substance use, there is a growing body of literature which examines its use among youth, older adults, and special populations (e.g., LGBTQ+). The SBIRT model includes a screening process to assess for risk of alcohol and/or substance use disorders via validated tools, followed by a brief intervention based on the tenets of motivational interviewing, which may or may not result in the need for a referral to care. This presentation will begin with some background on current statistics and trends related to alcohol and substance use among various segments of the LGBTQ+ community, followed by an introduction to SBIRT and each stage of the model, and conclude with a discussion about the impact of using universal screening tools and methods across a variety of practice settings.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Examine current trends in alcohol and substance use among member of the LGBTQ+ community 
  2. Explore risk and resilience factors associated with substance use disorders and the framework of minority stress theory 
  3. Discuss the need for universal screening across diverse practice settings and use of the SBIRT model 
  4. Explore the applicability for using the SBIRT model with diverse segments of the LGBTQ+ community (e.g., youth, older adults, transgender/gender diverse) 
Starts: Jul. 7, 2021 1:01 pm
Ends: Jul. 7, 2021 2:00 pm
Registration Deadline
July 7, 2021
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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