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

Discussing Options and Referring Adolescents to Treatment

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 fourth webinar in the series outlines how health professionals can connect adolescents and young adults who screen at risk for substance use to appropriate treatment. This webinar will demystify the referral to treatment process, providing sample dialogues and tips to facilitate effective linkages and follow-ups. The presenter will also review unique challenges that a health professional might encounter when referring adolescents and young adults to treatment, such as confidentiality and push back.


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 how to provide referrals and facilitate linkages to treatment for adolescents and young adults who screen at risk.

  • Understand the importance of follow-up and what to cover during these encounters.

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

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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