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Training on Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) available through UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center

UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center offers Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training. SBIRT is an integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders and those at risk of developing these disorders.   Overall, substance use contributes to over 70 conditions that require medical care. Screening can be easily used in primary care settings and enables healthcare professionals to systematically identify and assist people whose drinking or substance use may cause or complicate medical and mental health functioning.

This 4-hour training is relevant for both primary care and behavioral health providers, and has been approved by the California Department of Health Care Services as meeting the policy requirements of SBIRT coverage as a new Medi-Cal Program benefit. Our training provides a brief overview of the prevalence of substance use, criteria for risky use, and the effects of substance use on health and mental health functioning. We review the two approved screening tools (AUDIT and AUDIT-C), and teach providers how to conduct a three-step Brief Intervention utilizing motivational interviewing techniques focused on motivating people toward positive behavioral change. For individuals identified to be at high risk for an alcohol use disorder, we teach providers how to motivate patients to accept a referral to specialty substance abuse treatment services.

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to: (1) describe the background and rationale for conducting SBIRT with patients in primary care settings; (2) utilize the AUDIT or AUDIT-C to screen and identify patients engaged in moderate or high-risk alcohol consumption; and (3) demonstrate, through role-play and group discussion, the effective use of brief intervention strategies and techniques to motivate patients to change their at-risk substance use behavior and/or seek treatment.

Upon successful completion of the four-hour training, participants will be eligible to earn four (4.0) Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits or continuing education (CE) credit for Psychologists, Registered Nurses, MFTs, LCSWs, and certified alcohol and drug counselors (CADCs, CATCs, CASs, and RASs).

Training cost will be based upon the specific needs of the requesting organization.

To request an SBIRT training for your organization, please click here.

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Additional SBIRT Resources and Links

California Department of Health Care Services’ SBIRT Page: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/SBIRT.aspx

Pacific Southwest ATTC’s SBIRT Face-to-Face Training Curriculum: http://www.uclaisap.org/slides/psattc/NSBIRT%20Trainings/nsbirt-attc-updates.html

Foundations of SBIRT Self-Paced Online Course: http://www.healtheknowledge.org/course/info.php?id=20

National SBIRT ATTC: http://www.attcnetwork.org/regcenters/index_nfa_sbirt.asp

SAMHSA’s SBIRT Page: http://www.samhsa.gov/prevention/sbirt/

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions’ SBIRT Page: http://www.integration.samhsa.gov/clinical-practice/sbirt

Boston University, BNI-ART Institute: http://www.bu.edu/bniart/

B.I.G. Initiative SBIRT Education: http://bigsbirteducation.webs.com/

SBIRT Oregon: http://www.sbirtoregon.org/

SBIRT Colorado: http://improvinghealthcolorado.org/

NY Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services’ SBIRT Page: https://www.oasas.ny.gov/admed/sbirt/index.cfm

TAP 33: Systems Level Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment: http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA13-4741/TAP33.pdf