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Preparing the Workforce to Implement SBIRT through Training, Technical Assistance, and Evaluation

Using SBIRT to Talk to Adolescents about Substance Use

Four-Part On Demand Webinar Series

One of the largest barriers to providing appropriate substance use services to adolescents and young adults is getting them to open up and engage in a conversation about their use. This four-part webinar series introduces health professionals to the SBIRT model as a way to learn from adolescents and young adults about their substance use, talk about what might motivate them to make a decision to reduce or abstain (if needed), and execute a plan to do so.

The first webinar in the series discusses the rationale and evidence for using the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model with adolescents and young adults. It reviews the use of brief, validated screening tools for substance use and other risk factors, and how to score and interpret the level of risk to determine the appropriate level of brief intervention.

The second and third webinars demonstrate how to deliver brief interventions using the Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI) informed by Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).


The fourth webinar outlines how to provide referrals to treatment, where appropriate, and facilitate linkages and follow-up to adolescents and young adults who screen at-risk.

7.5 Hours of On Demand Education
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Along with cutting-edge, evidence-based education, the expert presenters will provide sample scripts and role plays so participants gain strategies to use right away with adolescents in many settings. This free education is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain an in-depth understanding of SBIRT and its use with adolescents and young adults, designed for both those who are new to SBIRT and for those who want more advanced training beyond an overview.

Watch All 7.5 Hours On Demand Now or Later

Substance Use Screening Tools for Adolescents

Presented by Ken Winters, PhD, and Brett Harris, DrPH

2 hours

Brief Intervention for Adolescents Part I: BNI Using MI Strategies

Presented by Ken Winters, PhD, & Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, RN

2 hours

Brief Intervention for Adolescents Part II: BNI Using MI and CBT Strategies

Presented by Ken Winters, PhD, & Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, RN

2 hours

Discussing Options and Referring Adolescents to Treatment

Presented by Ken Winters, PhD

1.5 hours

Featuring Expert Presenters:
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Ken C. Winters, PhD

Retired Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

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Brett Harris, DrPH

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

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Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, RN

Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, & Public Health Professional

Other Components of the Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum

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Adolescent SBIRT

Learner's Guide

Want more information on how to utilize the Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum and/or assistance customizing it to meet your educational and training needs? Please contact us!

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