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Preparing your Health Center for SBIRT Implementation (SBIRT-IP)

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is designed to provide universal screening, prevention, and early intervention and treatment within health care settings for people who have risky or hazardous alcohol use. This extended online learning series will use blended activities of online groups and self-study and performance feedback related to the utilization and implementation of SBIRT and expose participants to standardized SBIRT protocols. Through virtual, interactive learning, participants will receive real-time performance feedback related SBIRT implementation strategies with an emphasis on integrating brief interventions into current services and workflow.


Every Thursday, November 8 – December 20, 2018, 11:00-12:30 p.m. MT / 12:00-1:30 p.m. CT NOTE: No session on November 22nd in observance of the holiday


  • Learn foundational knowledge on core aspects essential to SBIRT
  • Identify drug and alcohol screening tools for use in general, pregnant or adolescent populations in a health care setting
  • Understand and utilize a warm handoff to facilitate referrals for high risk substance use behavior
  • Identify at least two implementation strategies towards integration that could be used in a health care setting
  • Identify two issues that can be addressed to increase sustainability of SBIRT in a health care setting


  • Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders, and Recovery Service providers located in the Mountain Plains ATTC region (HHS Region 8)
  • Currently using SBIRT or in the process of implementing SBIRT in a healthcare setting


  • Prior to the November 15th session:
    • view a 20-minute tutorial on how to use the videoconferencing platform
    • Attend a live one-hour Orientation to Technology Session on Thursday, November 8th, 11:00 a.m. MT/12:00 p.m. CT
  • Commit to 5-weeks of training for 1.5 hours weekly on scheduled series days/times and complete ONE hour of weekly learning activities
  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize online videoconferencing platform (i.e., an internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers and microphone)
  • Be prepared and actively engage while on camera 90% of the scheduled series time


  • Christina Boyd, LSCSW, LCAC


The first 35 registrants will receive a scholarship that covers the entire $350 cost of participation. As a grant sponsored scholarship and to receive continuing education hours, it is expected participants will view the 20-minute video tutorial; attend the live technology training; be prepared for and join each session; and actively engage in group discussions. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.

Please Note: Registrants enrolled in this series are expected to attend the November 8th and November 15th sessions. In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Week 3 (November 29th) to be able fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time. This is not a webinar series and active participation to gain/improve skills is required.

Continuing Education – The series has been approved for a total of 12.5 contact hours through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) ACEP No. 6492. No credit will be awarded for non-attendance or partial attendance.  The knowledge and skills learned should be applied within the framework of any applicable Operating and/or Credentialing regulations in your State of practice.

QUESTIONS: please contact the Workwise Staff at or by phone at 775-784-6265 or 866-617-2816 (toll-free).

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