Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
SBIRT is designed to provide universal screening, secondary prevention (detecting risky or hazardous substance use before the onset of abuse or dependence), and early intervention and treatment within primary care and other health care settings for people who have problematic or hazardous alcohol problems. The four online training modules will provide participants the opportunity to gain awareness around epidemiological trends and data regarding the percentage of the US population participating in risky alcohol and other drug use, and medical conditions associated with risky drinking and drug use. During the training, participants will also be exposed to a standardized SBIRT protocol and see it demonstrated, with an emphasis on the three core brief intervention strategies that are consistent with a motivational interviewing approach, including avoiding roadblocks, reflective listening, and evoking change talk.
At the end of the training, nurse participants will be able to:
- Describe the difference between individuals with substance use disorders and those participating in risky drinking;
- Identify screening tools used to assess patients for risky alcohol and other drug use;
- Recognize screening skills with an evidence-based tool; and
- Detect the effective use of brief intervention strategies and techniques to motivate clients to change their at-risk substance use behavior and/or seek treatment.