Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services that can be used with students who are using substances. This presentation outlines a comprehensive approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services designed to reduce harmful and hazardous substance use among students. Evidence-based tobacco, alcohol, and drug use screening tools are reviewed with an emphasis on utilizing a tool that best fits each unique school situation. The strategies involved in conducting brief interventions for students engaging in harmful and hazardous substance use are discussed. These strategies are based on the Prochaska and DiClemente’s Stages of Change Theory and describe motivational enhancement techniques to guide students toward making positive changes in their lives. Finally, if a student needs further assessment or treatment, participants are equipped to make referrals to the appropriate school-based or community resource. 3 CE Credits Available for psychologists, LPCs and LMFTs in PA/NJ, and PA Social Workers.
The goals of this training are to:
- Help school-based professionals understand the importance of screening young people for harmful and hazardous substance use so that they can intervene before a substance use disorder develops.
- Provide school-based professionals with effective tools to identify harmful and hazardous substance use patterns.
- Assist school-based professionals in having sensitive conversations with youth about their harmful and hazardous substance use patterns by discussing effective motivational enhancement techniques.
- Equip school-based professionals with information about school and community resources that are available if a student is in need of further assessment.
Workshop Level - Intermediate
3 CEU Hours Available for School Nurses
Funding for this program has generously been provided by Independence Blue Cross.
Council for Relationships is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Council for Relationships maintains responsibility for this program and its content.