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

Learning Collaborative for Adolescent SBIRT in Social Work & Nursing Education


From 2015 to 2021, NORC at the University of Chicago partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to engage nursing and social work schools, and their accrediting bodies, in a learning collaborative funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to develop and evaluate interactive, competency-based substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum.


This learning collaborative consisted of a wide variety of nursing and social work schools who took an active role in shaping the development of the Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum.


The participation of schools in the learning collaborative was imperative to creating an effective and comprehensive curriculum that is beneficial to integrating adolescent substance abuse screening, interventions and treatment into schools of social work and nursing.

Membership Activity
  • Participated in calls to share experiences and learn from other educators about integrating substance use education into existing curriculum; gain access to free materials and resources; and offer insight and feedback regarding the development of the curriculum.


  • Had access to the Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum to infuse SBIRT in existing undergraduate and graduate curricula. Schools could also receive technical assistance to aid in the implementation process and participate in evaluation. 

Learn about the Adolescent SBIRT Project
  • After the grant period ended in Summer 2021, Learning Collaborative members continued to use the free resources and materials available in the Adolescent SBIRT Toolkit. Access to the interactive competency-based simulation training was made available at a discounted price.

Meeting Notes

Meeting notes and resources are available upon request by emailing the SBIRT Team

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