SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment): How To Identify and Address Unhealthy Substance Use Effectively

  • Starts: 9:00 am on Friday, March 31, 2017
  • Ends: 4:00 pm on Friday, March 31, 2017
Unhealthy alcohol and other drug use are among the most common causes of preventable morbidity and mortality. As healthcare moves to integrate behavioral health services within primary care settings, social workers are called upon to be familiar and adept with screening for and addressing unhealthy substance use. SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment) is a screening and intervention tool that focuses on the one in five people who may use alcohol or drugs in unhealthy ways but who do not have a substance use disorder (i.e., abuse, dependence). Research shows that people in this category successfully change their use with feedback and early intervention, through SBIRT. Lee Ellenberg LICSW; Training Manager, MASBIRT Training & Technical Assistance Boston Medical Center
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