SBIRT in Theory and Practice

The Crosstown Center building at Boston University Medical Campus.

Crosstown Center at Boston University Medical Campus.

Our goal as an Institute is to contribute to evidence-based research and translate findings into practice and policy.  By disseminating best SBIRT practices, our trainings work to ultimately improve patient care by influencing change in the quality of conversations health care professionals have regarding behavior change topics and create an institutional-wide cultural shift toward patient-centered care.

Our collaboration with the BU School of Public Health and Boston Medical Center enable us to offer enriching training experiences.  Trainees receive hands-on experience delivering the Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI), a motivational interviewing-based conversation designed for fast-paced medical encounters,  in the busiest 24-hour Level 1 trauma center in New England.  Furthermore, they have the opportunity to witness Active Referral to Treatment (ART) in action through observing the Project ASSERT Collaborative SBIRT model, a peer in-reach hospital-based program designed to provide comprehensive care and prevention for patients.

Contact us with any general questions you have.  To discuss training or consulting options for yourself or your organization, Request an SBIRT Training, or Request SBIRT Program Assistance.

For More on SBIRT in Our Area:

SBIRT Featured in Boston University School of Public Health Newsletter

SBIRT at Boston Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine

SBIRT in Massachusetts (Bureau of Substance Abuse Services)


Acknowledgments: Our screening was based on the work of Drs. Thomas Babor (AUDIT), Harvey Skinner (DAST), Cheryl Cherpitel and John Knight (CRAFFT), and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism low risk guidelines from The Physicians’ Guide to Helping Patients with Alcohol Problems.  The Brief Negotiated Interview for adults was developed in consultation with Drs. Stephen Rollnick and William Miller.