The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

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

Mini Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment: An Overview of SBIRT and Resources

Free webinar produced in partnership with The BIG InitiativeNational SBIRT ATTC, and NORC


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The acronym “SBIRT” is being used more and more these days, which stands for Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment. This free webinar will provide an overview of the SBIRT model, use of validated screening tools, and a review of core components of brief Intervention and referral. The presenter will also provide information on free resources and SBIRT protocols available to help you with training, implementation, and evaluation. This free education is ideal for those professionals wishing to gain a basic understanding of SBIRT and available resources, as training for professionals new to SBIRT, or as a primer before advancing to other webinars offered in this series.
Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
  • Provide others with an overview of the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model; 
  • Identify brief validated screening tools that can be integrated into routine practice to screen clients for unhealthy alcohol and other drug use; 
  • Identify different models of SBIRT and their common core elements; 
  • Identify SBIRT initiatives led by the BIG Initiative at NORC and the National SBIRT ATTC; and
  • Identify and gain access to numerous free materials and resources available to you to aid in training, education, implementation, and evaluation of SBIRT.

Tracy McPherson, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, Public Health Department, 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.