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We are pleased to announce an online course on addressing at-risk substance use, SBIRT 101, an introduction to Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.

About the course

This FREE self-paced online course is comprised of three webinars that have been cut into short sections to make viewing easier. Completing the full course will give the participant a thorough understanding of SBIRT and its components. The course does NOT need to be completed in one sitting and should take you approximately 10 hours. The course consists of the following parts:

Part 1: Introduction to SBIRT, Guide to Screening

Introduces the use of valid, brief screening tools and determining recommended level of intervention based on level of risk. The administration of brief, validated screening tools can be integrated into routine practice to identify unhealthy alcohol use, tobacco use, and drug use, including prescription medication misuse (e.g., AUDIT-C/AUDIT, CAGE, CRAFFT, NIAAA single item screeners, DAST, ASSIST).

Part 2: Overview of Motivational Interviewing as Used in Brief Interventions

Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, evidence-based, goal-oriented method for enhancing motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence with the individual. The use of Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Accurate Empathic Reflections, and Summarizing (OARS) helps to create a safe environment and a strong therapeutic relationship in which the person feels heard and understood enough to be willing to undertake the work of change.

Part 3: Referral to Treatment for Drug and Alcohol

Referral to treatment can be a complex process involving coordination across different types of services and is recommended when patients meet the diagnostic criteria for substance dependence or other mental illnesses as defined by the DSM-IV. The absence of a proper treatment referral will prevent the patient from accessing appropriate and timely care that can impact other psychosocial and medical issues.

Who can take this course?

Anyone! It’s free and open to the public.

Can I get Continuing Education Credits?

Continuing Education Credits available:
– NAADAC  – 10 CEUs-approved
– Social Work – 10 CEUs-approved
– PA CADC – 10 CEUs-approved

Questions about the course?

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Access The Course

To access the couse, you will need to be logged into myIRETA. Not a member? Join here:

Once you have created an account, click on this link to access the course:

To proceed, click on the Enrollment button

Looking for more information on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment?

Visit our SBIRT Toolkit for Practice

Read about SBIRT research and implementation on our blog