The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

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

Integrating Adolescent Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment throughout Nursing, Social Work, and Inter-professional Education

Free webinar produced in partnership with NAADACNational SBIRT ATTCNORCSAMHSAand Kognito


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Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention, treatment, and ongoing recovery supports for persons with risky and/or dependent alcohol use. Early alcohol and drug use among adolescents and young adults is linked to a range of immediate and long term consequences. Research has demonstrated that SBIRT is a promising approach for the early identification and intervention of problematic alcohol use, and there is growing evidence for its effectiveness in reducing other risky drug use. However, there is not much support for SBIRT education in undergraduate and graduate programs, despite the fact that alcohol and substance abuse prevention programs have a body of supporting evidence. Substance use education and training is often optional or specialized education, as opposed to being required course work.

This session will focus on the value of integrating SBIRT with adolescents into nursing, social work, and inter-professional education and share ideas for integrating content and new learning resources into baccalaureate and graduate level curriculum. NORC at the University of Chicago has been funded by the Conrad N. Hilton foundation to increase education and training opportunities in adolescent SBIRT within undergraduate and graduate social work and nursing programs.

In October 2014, NORC partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Center for Clinical Social Work, and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to support the integration of adolescent SBIRT into required course work for students. As part of this project, NORC conducted a needs assessment and has engaged a learning collaborative (LC) of more than 70 schools to integrate adolescent SBIRT education. In addition, NORC and Kognito, a digital simulation company, have worked with the LC and experts to build a series of case-based virtual simulations to allow students, educators, and practitioners to practice substance use screening and brief interventions with adolescents.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, participants will understand: 
  • Be able to discuss emerging and important topics regarding the integration of Adolescent SBIRT education including challenges and recommendations, the use of interactive platforms as learning tools, and the implementation of the SBIRT model into inter-professional education.
  • Discuss the benefits of using virtual humans in the development and assessment of SBIRT competencies.
  • Utilize information to get involved and benefit from participating in the Adolescent SBIRT Learning Collaborative.
  • Utilize information to access the newly released Adolescent SBIRT Toolkit and SBI with Adolescents web-based virtual simulation training program.

Dr. ​Tracy McPherson

Senior Research Scientist in the Public Health Department at NORC at the University of Chicago

Dr. McPherson is the Evaluation, Training, and Technical Assistance Lead on NORC’s SBIRT projects including the National SBIRT ATTC directed by IRETA. Dr. McPherson leads learning collaboratives focused on improving access to screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment and follow-up care for risky alcohol, drug, and prescription medication use. For more than 15 years she has led substance use and mental health prevention/early intervention projects funded by government agencies and foundations.  Her work has focused on translating research into practice - assisting medical and behavioral health organizations implement clinical practice informed by scientific evidence, build workforce capacity, and evaluate the impact of practice change. Dr. McPherson holds a PhD in Applied Social Psychology from The George Washington University. 

Cyrille Adam, EdM

Senior Director for Health Programs, Kognito

Cyrille brings ten years of experience in instructional theory, design, and research to Kognito's health and wellness applications. At Kognito, Mr. Adam manages the development and dissemination of virtual patient simulations for health professionals such as SBI with Adolescents, a simulation on adolescent substance use screening and brief intervention developed in partnership with NORC at the University of Chicago and AACN that is being disseminated in over 60 schools of nursing and social work. Prior to joining Kognito, Mr. Adam developed health and technology projects at the Columbia Center for New media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL) and within UNICEF’s polio eradication initiative, the world’s largest public health campaign. With strong expertise in using technology and virtual environments to improve health behaviors, Mr. Adam works with Kognito's research and instructional design teams to continuously improve Kognito’s simulations and bring engaging, effective solutions for health professionals to prepare for the conversations that matter most.

Darla Spence Coffey, PhD

President of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Prior to her appointment as president, she served as professor of social work, associate provost, and dean of graduate studies at West Chester University. Coffey received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern College, her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She was a member of the social work faculty at West Chester University beginning in 1998, where she contributed to the initial accreditation of the MSW program in 2000 and served as the director and chair of the university’s undergraduate social work program from 2002 to 2005. From 2005 to 2012, Coffey served in senior university administrative capacities, providing leadership for academic program development, curriculum, academic policies, assessment of student learning, transfer articulation, accreditation and faculty development. During the 2008–2009 academic year she served West Chester University as interim provost/vice president for academic affairs. Her service activities within the university are extensive, including co-chairing West Chester’s Campus Climate Intervention Team and serving as a founding member of the Advisory Board of Women in Leadership and Service.

Susan M. Swider, PhD, APHN-BC, FAAN

Professor in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing at Rush University in Chicago

Dr. Swider has practiced in acute care, home health care and public health settings over the past thirty years. Her research has focused on program development and evaluation of community health workers, and engaging urban communities in health promotion, and health policy to support health promotion efforts. She has also taught public health nursing at the pre-licensure and graduate/specialty level at several universities, and co-directed 10 years of HRSA supported work to develop an on line doctoral program in Advanced Public Health Nursing, ensuring that it met the Quad Council competencies for Public Health Nursing practice. She is a member of a number of public health and public health nursing organizations, and is a past president of the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE). In her role with ACHNE, she served on the Quad Council for Public Health Nursing organizations, and was a member of the Task Force that revised the Competencies for Public Health Nursing (2010-2012). In 2011, Dr. Swider was appointed by President Obama to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, a group designed to advise on the development and implementation of the National Prevention Strategy. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.