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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

Online Courses


SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. Coupled with “motivational interviewing,” in which the clinician partners with the client to make decisions about the client’s care, SBIRT is used in primary care practices, hospitals, clinics, emergency rooms, college and university health services, employee assistance programs and a range of community settings. SBIRT has three steps: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. The course includes lectures that give you practical advice on how to do screening and brief intervention, and videos that demonstrate how to apply these skills.


  • Define SBIRT and its three components.
  • Explain the purpose of SBIRT.
  • Describe SBIRT’s value for clients and families, social workers and counselors and other human service professionals, and the health care system as a whole.
  • Explain how you would apply SBIRT to your clinical work.

Course Outline

  • Pre-course Competency Assessment
  • Section I: Course Overview
  • Section II: Introduction to SBIRT
  • Section III: Screening Adults
  • Section IV: Screening Adolescents
  • Section V: Brief Intervention
  • Section VI: Referral to Treatment
  • Section VII: Conclusion to Course
  • Course Quiz
  • Post-course Competency Evaluation
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Policies

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Accessibility Information

All online courses are self-paced and are designed as reading-based and include interactive multimedia components including simulations, video, audio, and discussion boards.

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