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The Course Content

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, tobacco, prescription medication, and other substance use. The designation includes the AUDIT-C/AUDIT, CAGE, CRAFFT, NIAAA single item screeners, DAST and 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. 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.

Questions and Answers


Who can take this course?

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

Can I get Continuing Education Credits?

Yes! We offer the following CEU credits.

    • NAADAC – 10 CEUs approved
    • Social Work – 10 CEUs approved
    • PA CADC – 10 CEUs approved

To cover costs associated with offering CEUs, IRETA charges a fee of $10.

Questions about the course?

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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.

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