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

A Cohort of Committed Partners Working for Youth

Beginning in 2014, with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton FoundationNORC at the University of Chicago partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA), and Kognito to engage nursing and social work schools, and their accrediting bodies, in a learning collaborative to develop and evaluate interactive, competency-based substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum.

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American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

AACN is the nation’s leading nursing education association providing resources and support for baccalaureate, master's, DNP programs, and PhD nursing programs.

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NORC at the University of Chicago

Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) is a tri-national professional association (Canada, United States, and Mexico) with membership who are individuals, organizations, employers and students interested in advancing knowledge, research and best practices toward achieving healthy and productive workplaces.


Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

CSWE is the sole accrediting agency for undergraduate and graduate social work education in the U.S. 

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Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW)

Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW) promotes clinical social work as a profession that is highly respected and clearly defined in terms of the rights of its members, the standards to which they adhere and the unique abilities they bring to the challenge of helping others. 



Kognito is a leader in developing and disseminating immersive learning experiences that simulate challenging conversations about health and social issues using fully-animated, emotionally responsive virtual humans. Kognito’s online and mobile simulations allow consumers and professionals to build the skills, attitudes and self-efficacy to engage in real-life conversations that can drive significant and sustained changes in their own and others’ health behaviors. Kognito simulations have addressed a wide range of health topics, including substance use screening and brief intervention competencies for primary care and emergency department professionals.

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