The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings

All About SBIRT for Teens

Free webinar produced in partnership with NAADACNational SBIRT ATTCNORC, and SAMHSA

Description: Although there is now a range of treatment for adolescents involved with drugs, treatment services for adolescents are more the exception than the rule.   Approximately 15- 25% of adolescents meet a current (prior year) definition of early-stage, mild-to-moderate drug involvement (i.e., not advanced to dependence), however most drug treatment programs do not have programs suited to address these early-stage drug using teenagers. A promising treatment option that may help to address this service gap and has high potential for application to drug abusing teenagers is the SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment) model.  SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. This webinar will review each of the SBIRT components in terms of resources, implementation and evidence of effectiveness.
Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, participants will: 
  • Increase understanding of developmental issues that pertain to use of the SBIRT model for adolescents
  • Gain skills in applying the components of SBIRT
  • Increase knowledge of limitations of SBIRT 


Ken C. Winters, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, and a Senior Scientist with the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA.  He received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including adolescent drug abuse and problem gambling. His recent work in the field has focused on SBIRT models for adolescents. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment and the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and has received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations.  He was the 2008 recipient of the Research to Evidence-Based Practice Award from a national organization on effective treatment for adolescents (JMATE).  Dr. Winters is a frequent publisher, speaker and trainer, and he is a consultant to many organizations, including the Hazelden Foundation, The Partnership at Drug Free.Org, National Center for Responsible Gaming, and the Mentor Foundation (an international drug abuse prevention organization).

Moderator: Tracy McPherson, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago 

Free CE Credit: No longer available for this webinar.