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HealtheKnowledge offers free, self-paced online learning and low-cost continuing education for health care providers. There is flexibility as the courses do not require one sitting. Options include Foundations of SBIRT and SBIRT for Health and Behavioral Health Providers:

Foundations of SBIRT
This is a 1.5 self-paced introduction to terms, topics, resources, and essentials of SBIRT. Certification is available for NAADAC, BCC, NASW and CNE.

SBIRT for Health and Behavioral Health Professionals
This is a 4.0 hour self-paced interactive new employee orientation to SBIRT that uses games, case scenarios, and quizzes for each module. CEs are available for NAADAC, NBCC, NASW, and CNE.

How to access HealtheKnowledge courses:

  • Go to
  • Click on SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) under Course Offerings
  • Choose your course and click on Register Now
  • You will receive a login and enrollment information within one to two hours


The National SBIRT ATTC is offering a new online course, SBIRT 101. This free, self-paced online course is comprised of three webinars that have been cut into short sections to make viewing easier. Completing the full course will give the participant a thorough understanding of SBIRT and its components. A great benefit is that courses do not need to be completed in one sitting. It should take three to four hours to complete.

Part 1: Introduction to SBIRT, Guide to Screening
Introduces the use of valid, brief screening tools and determining recommended level of intervention based on level of risk. The administration of brief, validated screening tools can be integrated into routine practice to identify unhealthy alcohol use, tobacco use, and drug use, including prescription medication misuse (e.g., AUDIT-C/AUDIT, CAGE, CRAFFT, NIAAA single item screeners, DAST, ASSIST).

Part 2: Overview of Motivational Interviewing as Used in Brief Interventions
Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, evidence-based, goal-oriented method for enhancing motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence with the individual. The use of Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Accurate Empathic Reflections, and Summarizing (OARS) helps to create a safe environment and a strong therapeutic relationship in which the person feels heard and understood enough to be willing to undertake the work of change.

Part 3: Referral to Treatment for Drug and Alcohol
Referral to treatment can be a complex process involving coordination across different types of services and is recommended when patients meet the diagnostic criteria for substance dependence or other mental illnesses as defined by the DSM-IV. The absence of a proper treatment referral will prevent the patient from accessing appropriate and timely care that can impact other psychosocial and medical issues.

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