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Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce and prevent risky alcohol and drug use. SBIRT services can prevent the unhealthy consequences of alcohol and drug use among those who may not reach the diagnostic level of an addiction and help those with an addiction enter and stay in treatment.

SBIRT has a high return on investment with a low burden of time and resources on providers. In addition to strengthening clinical care, SBIRT bolsters organizations’ capability to address co-occurring disorders and positions organizations for integrated care and new business opportunities.

Learning objectives:

  • Effectively use validated screening tools to determine alcohol and drug use risk levels.
  • Practice brief interventions to increase engagement, elicit behavior change and reduce counterproductive discussions.
  • Identify referral best practices that increase the likelihood of a person engaging in specialty care.

SBIRT TRAINING

Full-day onsite training

$4500 per member/$5000 per non-member

Participants will deep dive into the implementation of SBIRT and address:

  • The use of evidence-based screening tools to determine alcohol and drug use risk levels;
  • The spirit of motivational interviewing and how stigma, perceptions and cultural contexts influence SBIRT;
  • How to define and demonstrate brief interventions using the Brief Negotiated Interview format to increase engagement, elicit behavior change and reduce counterproductive discussions; and
  • Referral best practices that increase the likelihood of a person engaging in specialty addiction care.

Three 1-hour monthly calls

$300 per hour

True change doesn’t happen overnight; it requires dedicated and consistent efforts over time. Our consultants can help you refine clinical workflows, advise on data and using measurement to improve and promote your SBIRT services, or support clinicians to hone their Brief Intervention skills.

Training can be tailored to meet organization/client needs. Learn more, download the SBIRT one-pager here. 

Testimonials:

  • “This has truly helped energize & transform the way we screen and approach substance use issues.”
  • “Trainer was so knowledgeable. I’m excited to use SBIRT!”

CONSULTANT

  • Pam Pietruszewski, MA, National Council for Behavioral Health. Since 2013, Pam has led SBIRT implementation projects around the country and currently she is faculty on the Achieving SBIRT Practice Transformation change package funded by SAMHSA and the Facilitating Change for Excellence in SBIRT learning collaborative funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. She is listed in the National Registry of SBIRT Trainers from the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC).

For more information or to schedule a training, please contact Stephanie Swanson at StephanieS@theNationalCouncil.org.

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