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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Training:
4-hour Self-Paced, Online Course 


Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders. Overall, substance use contributes to over 70 conditions that require medical care. Screening can be easily used in primary care settings and enables healthcare professionals to systematically identify and assist people whose drinking or substance use may cause or complicate medical and mental health functioning.

This 4-hour training is relevant for both primary care and behavioral health providers. Our training provides a brief overview of the prevalence of substance use, criteria for risky use, and the effects of substance use on health and mental health functioning. We review the two approved screening tools (AUDIT and AUDIT-C), and teach providers how to conduct a three-step Brief Intervention utilizing motivational interviewing techniques focused on motivating people toward positive behavioral change. For individuals identified to be at high risk for an alcohol use disorder, we teach providers how to motivate patients to accept a referral to specialty substance abuse treatment services.

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to: (1) describe the background and rationale for conducting SBIRT with patients in primary care settings; (2) utilize the AUDIT or AUDIT-C to screen and identify patients engaged in moderate or high-risk alcohol consumption; and (3) demonstrate, through role-play and group discussion, the effective use of brief intervention strategies and techniques to motivate patients to change their at-risk substance use behavior and/or seek treatment.

FREE CE Credit Available for:

  • LMFTs
  • LCSWs
  • LPCCs
  • LEPs
  • Registered Nurses
  • CADC I and II
  • CATC
  • CAS I and II
  • NCACs I/II
  • MACs

Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County SBIRT Page


The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County website offers many resources for adults, youth, parents, community leaders and those looking to get involved in the fight for a Drug Free Nevada County. The website also offers news regarding drug and alcohol use in the Nevada County that can be applied to your perspective location. Under the Initiatives link, you can find community-wide preventive movements that the County of Nevada has been practicing in order to reduce substance abuse amongst its youth. These initiatives can be helpful for those of you looking to create change in your communities. Another great feature of the website are the resources offered to parents to help them identify signs and symptoms of drug use amongst adolescents or those who are working with youth who are dealing with substance abuse problems. In addition to the materials available for youth and parents, the website offers materials for employers to help them promote and maintain a drug-free workplace.

Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)


The website includes links to self-training manuals on the Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) and ASSIST-linked brief intervention. The curriculum includes all required forms for administration of the ASSIST, 2 written role plays for adult patients, and video demonstrations of the screening and brief intervention using the ASSIST. The target audience for this curriculum is primary healthcare workers, but may be useful for hospital physicians and nurses, midwives and obstetricians, social workers, prison workers and community correction workers. This training curriculum has online and print-based materials that can be used for self-study and group instruction.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) — Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician’s Guide

To view the recorded presentation: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/intro

To download the Clinician’s Guide: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Practitioner/CliniciansGuide2005/clinicians_guide.htm

The curriculum offers a lectured guide tutorial of the Clinician’s Guide with handouts to follow along and 4 highly interactive video cases of evidence-based strategies. In addition to the Clinician’s Guide manual, the curriculum includes PowerPoint slides, the AUDIT screening tool, toolkit forms (press release, advertisement fliers), pamphlets, booklets, and a poster. The target audiences for this curriculum are primary care and mental health clinicians. The Clinician’s Guide uses the AUDIT-C and AUDIT.  This training curriculum has online and print-based materials that can be used for self-study and group instruction.

NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) NIDAMED Physician’s Outreach Initiative


This website contains a variety of resources. Click on “NIDA Screening Tools and Resources” to learn about the NIDA-Modified Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test or NMASSIST. The target audience for this curriculum is clinicians in general medical settings (mainly primary care). The modified ASSIST includes an initial pre-screen which determines if a person has engaged in binge drinking, used tobacco products, and used illicit drugs. Only people who report illicit drug use complete the ASSIST. Physicians are directed to other protocols for heavy drinkers and tobacco users.

Yale School of Medicine — SBIRT: Screening Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment


The target audience for this curriculum is medical professionals working in emergency departments. The website includes instructional videos on SBIRT (6 modules) and 6 written case studies for performing role plays between physician and patient. The role plays present actual emergency department scenarios. The brief intervention is the Brief Negotiated Interview for alcohol abuse. The website provides links to a variety of alcohol and drug screening instruments, including the NIAAA 3-questions, CAGE, CRAFFT, AUDIT, and NIDAMED-modified ASSIST. This training curriculum has online and print-based materials that can be used for self-study and group instruction.

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