Research has demonstrated that the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model has been quite effective in emergency rooms, primary health clinics, campus health centers, and other healthcare settings. Healthcare professionals in these settings, in particular, have used SBIRT to quickly screen patients’ risks of substance use problems, briefly intervene, explore patient’s motivation to change their behavior, and refer patients who need more extensive treatment. In all, SBIRT has been instrumental in reducing alcohol and illicit drug use, arrests, and emotional problems. It has also been shown to help increase housing stability, employment status, and overall health. This training will provide an opportunity to understand the SBIRT model and how to utilize it in a variety of settings.
Alan Lyme, LISW, ICADC, ICCS, MAC