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Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Independence Blue Cross Foundation
1901 Market Street - 23 G/H
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Registration is required.
For More Information:
Christine Storm 302-420-4018 cstorm@caron.org

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. SBIRT consists of three major components:

Screening — a healthcare professional assesses a patient for risky substance use behaviors using standardized screening tools. Screening can occur in any healthcare setting
Brief Intervention — a healthcare professional engages a patient showing risky substance use behaviors in a short conversation, providing feedback and advice
Referral to Treatment — a healthcare professional provides a referral to brief therapy or additional treatment to patients who screen in need of additional services


Training Objectives:
In this training, participants will:

  • Examine the research that supports the use of SBIRT in a variety of setting
  • Explore effective screening tools that could be used with patients to assess risky substance use behaviors
  • Learn principles of motivational interviewing and watch videos demonstrating its effective use as a brief intervention to facilitate change
  • Examine substance use disorder levels of care and next steps when a patient’s screening suggests the need for additional services.

Dinner will be provided.

2 PCB Credits are available, which meet the nursing board requirement for RN continuing education hours.


Sponsored by:

IBC Foundation
About The Presenters
Joe Garbely
Dr. Joseph Garbely

As Vice President of Medical Services and Medical Director at Caron Treatment Centers, Dr. Joseph Garbely oversees all medical treatment at Caron’s Pennsylvania facility including detoxification and medicine related interventions. He collaborates on medical research, Caron’s Older Adult Program, as well as, Caron’s Chronic Pain and Healthcare Professionals Programs. Dr. Garbely also oversees the Spiritual Care team at Caron.

Dr. Garbely previously served as the Associate Medical Director at Caron and has been in the field of addiction medicine for more than 15 years. Dr. Garbely received his board certifications through the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Garbely has an extensive background in treating addicted individuals, including healthcare professionals, executives, and pilots who suffer from substance use disorders. He has also worked to develop innovative treatment programs for psychiatric patients involving a 12-Step philosophy.

Dr. Garbely considers it a critical part of his personal and professional mission to remain a fixture in medical school classrooms and has been involved in medical education for 25 years. During his tenure at Caron, Dr. Garbely has spearheaded a high-level initiative to educate and train doctors about addiction treatment through the establishment of a medical student and resident training program at Caron, Pennsylvania. Dr. Garbely also established an ACGME accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship program at Caron, Pennsylvania. As the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Director, Dr. Garbely is eminently involved in educating the next generation of addiction treatment professionals. Dr. Garbely is the Chairman of the Physician in Training Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Garbely is also a member of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Directors Association.

Dr. Garbely is a Clinical Associate Professor at Penn State College of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor at Stony Brook School of Medicine, as well as, a member of the medical staff at Reading Hospital. Dr. Garbely has won multiple teaching awards on the local and national level, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Helen Ruske, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching.

Dr. Michael McCormick

Michael A. McCormick, D.O. received his undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s University and then graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his general rotating internship at PCOM/City Avenue Hospital and then finished a five year General Surgery residency at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood, PA. Michael then joined Avalon Surgical, P.C. in Sheffield, AL before purchasing his own surgical practice, which he grew for the next seven years, during which time he was Chief of Surgery at Helen Keller Hospital. In 2013 Michael, opened and still runs Express Med of King of Prussia. Michael was always drawn to addiction medicine and he started his fellowship in addiction medicine at Caron in August 2015 and became staff physician in September 2016. Michael is a recipient of the Next Generation Award for fellows in addiction medicine concentrating on adolescents, awarded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the American Board of Addiction Medicine Foundation. As part of his award, his concentration is on teaching SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) to physicians, psychologists, counselors, nurses and other service professionals. Dr. McCormick provides care to Caron’s Healthcare Professionals Unit, Relapse and Detox Units.


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