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

Brief Intervention for Adolescents Part I: BNI Using MI Strategies

A component of Using SBIRT to Talk to Adolescents about Substance Use four-part webinar series

One of the largest barriers to providing appropriate substance use services to adolescents and young adults is getting them to open up about their use and engage in conversation to reduce or eliminate it, if necessary. The Using SBIRT to Talk to Adolescents about Substance Use four-part webinar series introduces health professionals to the SBIRT model as a way to learn 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.

This second webinar in the series demonstrates how to deliver brief intervention to adolescents and young adults using the Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI) informed by motivational interviewing (MI), using sample dialogues. The BNI is a great way to facilitate conversation with them about their substance use, as well as what might motivate them to seek treatment, if necessary.


Along with evidence-based education, the expert presenters will provide sample scripts and role plays so participants gain strategies to use right away 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. It is designed for both those who are new to SBIRT and for those who want more advanced training beyond an overview.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will:

  • Learn the steps of delivering an effective brief intervention based on the Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI) model.

  • Use Motivational Interviewing (MI) strategies to increase an adolescent's internal motivation to change their substance use.

Webinar Resources

This webinar does not offer continuing education credits, but a free certificate of attendance for 2 contact hours is available.

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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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Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, RN

Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, & Public Health Professional

Moderated by:

Tracy McPherson
Tracy McPherson, PhD

Principal Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Hosted by:
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Sponsored by:
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