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ACA 2018 Conference & Expo Sessions

102 - Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for Substance Misuse

Apr 27, 2018 7:30am ‐ Apr 27, 2018 8:30am


This session will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills needed to implement SBIRT in their counseling practice setting. After learning about the public health approach to high-risk substance use and developing basic motivational interviewing skills, attendees will learn how to screen an individual for high-risk substance use, provide a brief intervention by highlighting the current risks and opportunities for change and refer individuals who may have a substance use disorder for treatment.

This presentation will provide participants with knowledge, skills, and practice that will allow them to begin practicing SBIRT after participating in the session.  Information related to re-conceptualizing high-risk substance use as a public health concern and information on high-risk substance use versus substance use disorders will be provided.  Participants will learn how to select and use evidence-based screenings for SBIRT.  They will also learn about motivational interviewing and how to use MI to provide a brief intervention.  Participants will receive information and tools to help them conduct a brief intervention that provided feedback and explores ways to change high-risk substance use with clients.  Participants will learn how to make a 'warm handoff' to a referral source when referral to treatment is warranted.  Participants will actively participate in practicing these skills to develop working knowledge of SBIRT implementation from beginning to end.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the public health model as it applies to high-risk substance use.
  • Identify and use screening tools to determine the level of risk associated with alcohol and/or other drug use.
  • Develop and practice basic motivational interviewing skills that support the implementation of SBIRT.


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