Barriers and Facilitators to SBIRT Education in Social Work, Nursing and Interprofessional Education
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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 presentation will focus on identifying and addressing barriers to SBIRT education for nursing and social work programs as well as inter-professional trainings. 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. Results from the recent needs assessment survey conducted by NORC will guide this presentation about barriers in the field for social work and nursing students, practitioners and educators. After outlining major barriers to SBIRT education, presenters will highlight resources—including curriculum, case-based virtual simulations for students and practice role plays—offered by NORC to support SBIRT education and next steps to help address these concerns.
- Identify major obstacles to implementing SBIRT education in nursing and social work.
- Compare how these barriers affect the two fields.
- Describe emerging preliminary strategies to overcome such barriers to implementing SBIRT education.
- Understand what resources NORC offers to support SBIRT education.
Hannah Joseph, BA
Danielle Noriega, BS
Tracy McPherson, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago