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Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Risky Substance Use


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Full course description




3 Hours





What you'll learn:

Participants will learn the rationale for universal screening for risky substance use, how to administer validated brief screening instruments, methods for enhancing motivation to make reductions in one’s substance use, as well as successful methods for referring to a higher level of care when needed.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model.
  • Compare and contrast screening tools utilized to identify risky substance use and substance use disorders.
  • Explain and apply techniques for enhancing patient motivation to reduce risky substance use.
  • Accurately identify those patients in need of a referral to an outside treatment provider.

Modules and overview:

  • Module 1: Rationale for Universal Substance Abuse Screening
  • Module 2: Screening Practices and Instruments
  • Module 3: Brief Interventions
  • Module 4: Enhancing Patient Motivation
  • Module 5: Making Effective Referrals
  • Module 6: Team Collaboration in SBIRT
  • Module 7: Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Module 8: Introduction to SBIRT for Adolescents

Who is this course designed for:

Health and Behavioral Health Providers

About the instructor

Adrienne Lindsey MA, DBH, Principal Manager, Interprofessional Curriculum & Training

Dr. Adrienne Lindsey serves as a principal research specialist for Arizona State University’s (ASU) Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy, with faculty affiliate appointments in the ASU School of Social Work and the College of Health Solutions. Dr. Lindsey earned her Doctorate in Integrated Behavioral Health from ASU after obtaining a Master of Arts in Psychology from Northwest University, and a bachelor’s degree in 2004 from the University of Washington. Dr. Lindsey serves as a senior trainer for the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer, and a guest lecturer for the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Lindsey is a subject matter expert in the areas of co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, medication-assisted treatment, and the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model. Dr. Lindsey served as Project Director of ASU’s SBIRT Student Training grant, a five discipline collaborative of various health disciplines, promoting the expansion of substance abuse training in pre-service education settings.