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Preventive Medicine and Public Health Issues: Who Needs SBIRT?

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Date Developed: 03/11/2016. Source: Health Resources and Services Administration. Presenter(s): Heather O'Hara, MD, MSPH; R. Lyle Cooper, PhD, LCSW. Type: Webinar. Level: Intermediate. Length: 90 minutes.


This webinar presents a discussion about the evidence-based practice SBIRT: screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment. SBIRT is used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. Strategies for motivational interview skills, key screening methods and tools are also presented.

Learning Objectives

• Explain what SBIRT means.

• Describe why SBIRT is useful.

• Interpret the risk level of alcohol use determined through screening processes.

• Interpret the risk level of drug use determined through screening processes.

• Identify the central tenets of motivational interviewing.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $225,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.