Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum
NORC at the University of Chicago created an Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum that offers skills-based training on Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). The curriculum includes an Instructor’s Toolkit and two web-based simulation programs – SBI with Adolescents and SBI with Adolescents: Comorbid Substance Use and Mental Health – developed in partnership with health simulation company Kognito. The toolkit and simulations prepare current and future health professionals to screen adolescents and young adults for alcohol, drug use, and co-occurring mental health risk (e.g., depression, suicide) using validated tools; deliver effective brief interventions using motivational interviewing; link adolescents to treatment services, and provide follow-up. The Instructor’s Toolkit includes the Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT and companion trainer’s slide deck as well as an on-demand learning library, downloadable screening tools and brief intervention protocols, implementation guides, sample scripted interactions between practitioners and adolescents, suggested readings, sample course syllabus, and evaluation tools, amongst other supplemental resources. The toolkit also contains the Adolescent SBIRT Trainer’s Manual to guide trainers, educators, and others in conducting training using the curriculum. The simulation programs teach screening, brief intervention, and motivational interviewing and provide various scenarios to practice new skills and receive performance feedback in a safe learning environment.