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SBIRT is an evidence-based approach used in behavioral health and health care settings to identify problematic and risky alcohol and other drug use with the goal of preventing or reducing related health and social consequences including accidents, disease, and injuries.

SBIRT Core Curriculum: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

The SBIRT Core Curriculum (SBIRT 101-106) introduces participants to the problem of alcohol and substance use and an evidence-based practice to address it. Participants will learn to select and utilize alcohol, drug, and tobacco use screening tools, deliver brief interventions, develop evidence-based treatment plans to manage harmful and hazardous substance use, and make appropriate referrals to treatment for individuals in need of higher levels of care. Participants will practice the application of screening, brief intervention, and referral. To meet the varied needs of trainees and agencies, the SBIRT Core Curriculum can also be delivered as independent seminars or a series of seminars that break down the three key SBIRT components.

To view trainings specific to each audience (faculty, students, and community partners), please select the appropriate category below.

All Trainings

SBIRT 101: Introduction to SBIRT and Screening (For All Audiences)

This seminar presents the scope of problematic and risky substance use at local and national levels and the critical SBIRT components and process to identify and combat them. Participants will be introduced to screening tools and guidelines and have the opportunity to practice screening skills.

Objectives:

  • Describe SBIRT and its supporting evidence
  • Select appropriate screening tools to assess alcohol, drug, and tobacco use
  • Effectively screen patients for substance use problems
  • Interpret screening results and determine level of risk

SBIRT 102: Brief Intervention – Assessing Readiness and Facilitating Change (For All Audiences)

This seminar reviews the brief intervention component of SBIRT. Participants will be introduced to motivational interviewing principles and techniques that promote behavioral health and health changes. Participants will learn the steps of the Brief Negotiated Interview as an approach to activate people toward change and have opportunities to practice this through role play.

Objectives:

  • Describe core motivational interviewing principles and techniques
  • Apply specific motivational interviewing skills to the Brief Negotiated Interview to develop rapport and elicit change talk
  • Provide feedback, education, and resources during brief intervention that is tailored to the individual and their substance use risk level

SBIRT 103: Treatment Planning and Referral Sourcing – Understanding & Managing Harmful Use (For All Audiences)

This seminar presents strategies for managing harmful and hazardous substance use. Participants will learn the evidence-based interventions to inform treatment planning and available referral options for various substance use categories. Participants will have the opportunity to practice treatment planning and referral to treatment.

Objectives:

  • Generate evidence-based treatment goals tailored to the individual and their substance use risk level
  • Determine the need to refer for treatment of a substance use disorders
  • Identify the appropriate type of treatment for individuals in need of referral for higher levels of care
  • Prepare the patient/client for referral through education, motivation, and follow-up

SBIRT 104: Brief Treatment for Managing Substance Use Disorders (For Behavioral Health Providers)

This specialized training will familiarize attendees with the skills needed to facilitate Brief Treatment within the SBIRT model. Attendees will learn and practice an approach called Integrated Change Therapy which combines motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral therapy skills for addressing substance use and co-occurring problems. A primer on this approach is available.

Objectives:

  • Develop comfort providing an orientation and rationale for the ICT model to my patients
  • Understand how to utilize Motivational Interviewing to engage patients in a Personalized Reflective Discussion
  • Understand the core elements of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and develop comfortable utilizing key techniques with patients, such as a functional analysis of behavior, assertive communication, behavioral activation, problem-solving, and urge surfing

SBIRT 105: Adapting Systems for SBIRT Integration (For All Audiences)

This seminar presents models for integrating SBIRT into education or practice settings. Barriers to and facilitators of SBIRT integration will be identified and discussed. Participants will learn strategies for assessing needs and readiness, implementing change processes, and managing transitions at an organizational level.

Objectives:

  • Describe common barriers to SBIRT integration and strategies to overcome them
  • Conduct an organizational needs assessment to include assessment of organizational readiness
  • Identify an SBIRT implementation model based on the needs assessment
  • Identify SBIRT champions and their role on the SBIRT integration team

SBIRT 106: SBIRT Curriculum Infusion for Faculty and Administrators (For Faculty)

This seminar targets faculty and administrators who will be integrating SBIRT content into academic seminars and community based learning experiences such as practica/internships. Participants will learn about curriculum infusion as a strategy and explore ways to develop assignments and classroom experiences that support integrating SBIRT content. Assessment of student performance and the use of tools such as role plays, simulations, and other resources will be shared.

Objectives:

  • Understand the levels of curriculum infusion of SBIRT
  • Describe the value of training and preparing students for universal screening for substance use in multiple settings
  • Identify specific classroom experiences that support integrating SBIRT content
  • Identify resources available to support SBIRT infusion
  • Describe ways to assess student performance using tools such as rubrics and proficiency surveys
For Faculty

SBIRT 101: Introduction to SBIRT and Screening

This seminar presents the scope of problematic and risky substance use at local and national levels and the critical SBIRT components and process to identify and combat them. Participants will be introduced to screening tools and guidelines and have the opportunity to practice screening skills.

Objectives:

  • Describe SBIRT and its supporting evidence
  • Select appropriate screening tools to assess alcohol, drug, and tobacco use
  • Effectively screen patients for substance use problems
  • Interpret screening results and determine level of risk

SBIRT 102: Brief Intervention – Assessing Readiness and Facilitating Change

This seminar reviews the brief intervention component of SBIRT. Participants will be introduced to motivational interviewing principles and techniques that promote behavioral health and health changes. Participants will learn the steps of the Brief Negotiated Interview as an approach to activate people toward change and have opportunities to practice this through role play.

Objectives:

  • Describe core motivational interviewing principles and techniques
  • Apply specific motivational interviewing skills to the Brief Negotiated Interview to develop rapport and elicit change talk
  • Provide feedback, education, and resources during brief intervention that is tailored to the individual and their substance use risk level

SBIRT 103: Treatment Planning and Referral Sourcing – Understanding & Managing Harmful Use

This seminar presents strategies for managing harmful and hazardous substance use. Participants will learn the evidence-based interventions to inform treatment planning and available referral options for various substance use categories. Participants will have the opportunity to practice treatment planning and referral to treatment.

Objectives:

  • Generate evidence-based treatment goals tailored to the individual and their substance use risk level
  • Determine the need to refer for treatment of a substance use disorders
  • Identify the appropriate type of treatment for individuals in need of referral for higher levels of care
  • Prepare the patient/client for referral through education, motivation, and follow-up

SBIRT 105: Adapting Systems for SBIRT Integration

This seminar presents models for integrating SBIRT into education or practice settings. Barriers to and facilitators of SBIRT integration will be identified and discussed. Participants will learn strategies for assessing needs and readiness, implementing change processes, and managing transitions at an organizational level.

Objectives:

  • Describe common barriers to SBIRT integration and strategies to overcome them
  • Conduct an organizational needs assessment to include assessment of organizational readiness
  • Identify an SBIRT implementation model based on the needs assessment
  • Identify SBIRT champions and their role on the SBIRT integration team

SBIRT 106: SBIRT Curriculum Infusion for Faculty and Administrators

This seminar targets faculty and administrators who will be integrating SBIRT content into academic seminars and community based learning experiences such as practica/internships. Participants will learn about curriculum infusion as a strategy and explore ways to develop assignments and classroom experiences that support integrating SBIRT content. Assessment of student performance and the use of tools such as role plays, simulations, and other resources will be shared.

Objectives:

  • Understand the levels of curriculum infusion of SBIRT
  • Describe the value of training and preparing students for universal screening for substance use in multiple settings
  • Identify specific classroom experiences that support integrating SBIRT content
  • Identify resources available to support SBIRT infusion
  • Describe ways to assess student performance using tools such as rubrics and proficiency surveys
For Students

SBIRT 101: Introduction to SBIRT and Screening

This seminar presents the scope of problematic and risky substance use at local and national levels and the critical SBIRT components and process to identify and combat them. Participants will be introduced to screening tools and guidelines and have the opportunity to practice screening skills.

Objectives:

  • Describe SBIRT and its supporting evidence
  • Select appropriate screening tools to assess alcohol, drug, and tobacco use
  • Effectively screen patients for substance use problems
  • Interpret screening results and determine level of risk

SBIRT 102: Brief Intervention – Assessing Readiness and Facilitating Change

This seminar reviews the brief intervention component of SBIRT. Participants will be introduced to motivational interviewing principles and techniques that promote behavioral health and health changes. Participants will learn the steps of the Brief Negotiated Interview as an approach to activate people toward change and have opportunities to practice this through role play.

Objectives:

  • Describe core motivational interviewing principles and techniques
  • Apply specific motivational interviewing skills to the Brief Negotiated Interview to develop rapport and elicit change talk
  • Provide feedback, education, and resources during brief intervention that is tailored to the individual and their substance use risk level

SBIRT 103: Treatment Planning and Referral Sourcing – Understanding & Managing Harmful Use

This seminar presents strategies for managing harmful and hazardous substance use. Participants will learn the evidence-based interventions to inform treatment planning and available referral options for various substance use categories. Participants will have the opportunity to practice treatment planning and referral to treatment.

Objectives:

  • Generate evidence-based treatment goals tailored to the individual and their substance use risk level
  • Determine the need to refer for treatment of a substance use disorders
  • Identify the appropriate type of treatment for individuals in need of referral for higher levels of care
  • Prepare the patient/client for referral through education, motivation, and follow-up

SBIRT 105: Adapting Systems for SBIRT Integration

This seminar presents models for integrating SBIRT into education or practice settings. Barriers to and facilitators of SBIRT integration will be identified and discussed. Participants will learn strategies for assessing needs and readiness, implementing change processes, and managing transitions at an organizational level.

Objectives:

  • Describe common barriers to SBIRT integration and strategies to overcome them
  • Conduct an organizational needs assessment to include assessment of organizational readiness
  • Identify an SBIRT implementation model based on the needs assessment
  • Identify SBIRT champions and their role on the SBIRT integration team
For Community Partners

SBIRT 101: Introduction to SBIRT and Screening

This seminar presents the scope of problematic and risky substance use at local and national levels and the critical SBIRT components and process to identify and combat them. Participants will be introduced to screening tools and guidelines and have the opportunity to practice screening skills.

Objectives:

  • Describe SBIRT and its supporting evidence
  • Select appropriate screening tools to assess alcohol, drug, and tobacco use
  • Effectively screen patients for substance use problems
  • Interpret screening results and determine level of risk

SBIRT 102: Brief Intervention – Assessing Readiness and Facilitating Change

This seminar reviews the brief intervention component of SBIRT. Participants will be introduced to motivational interviewing principles and techniques that promote behavioral health and health changes. Participants will learn the steps of the Brief Negotiated Interview as an approach to activate people toward change and have opportunities to practice this through role play.

Objectives:

  • Describe core motivational interviewing principles and techniques
  • Apply specific motivational interviewing skills to the Brief Negotiated Interview to develop rapport and elicit change talk
  • Provide feedback, education, and resources during brief intervention that is tailored to the individual and their substance use risk level

SBIRT 103: Treatment Planning and Referral Sourcing – Understanding & Managing Harmful Use

This seminar presents strategies for managing harmful and hazardous substance use. Participants will learn the evidence-based interventions to inform treatment planning and available referral options for various substance use categories. Participants will have the opportunity to practice treatment planning and referral to treatment.

Objectives:

  • Generate evidence-based treatment goals tailored to the individual and their substance use risk level
  • Determine the need to refer for treatment of a substance use disorders
  • Identify the appropriate type of treatment for individuals in need of referral for higher levels of care
  • Prepare the patient/client for referral through education, motivation, and follow-up

SBIRT 104: Brief Treatment for Managing Substance Use Disorders

This specialized training will familiarize attendees with the skills needed to facilitate Brief Treatment within the SBIRT model. Attendees will learn and practice an approach called Integrated Change Therapy which combines motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral therapy skills for addressing substance use and co-occurring problems. A primer on this approach is available.

Objectives:

  • Develop comfort providing an orientation and rationale for the ICT model to my patients
  • Understand how to utilize Motivational Interviewing to engage patients in a Personalized Reflective Discussion
  • Understand the core elements of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and develop comfortable utilizing key techniques with patients, such as a functional analysis of behavior, assertive communication, behavioral activation, problem-solving, and urge surfing

SBIRT 105: Adapting Systems for SBIRT Integration

This seminar presents models for integrating SBIRT into education or practice settings. Barriers to and facilitators of SBIRT integration will be identified and discussed. Participants will learn strategies for assessing needs and readiness, implementing change processes, and managing transitions at an organizational level.

Objectives:

  • Describe common barriers to SBIRT integration and strategies to overcome them
  • Conduct an organizational needs assessment to include assessment of organizational readiness
  • Identify an SBIRT implementation model based on the needs assessment
  • Identify SBIRT champions and their role on the SBIRT integration team
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