The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

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

The SBIRT Challenge: An Exploration of Implementation Barriers, Facilitators, and Sustainability in Social Work and Inter-professional Health Training Programs


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In this free webinar, we will discuss the barriers and facilitators experienced when implementing SBIRT education. A model identifying the interrelationship between barriers and facilitators will be presented, as well as a comparison of implementation with different populations of students, geographic locations, professional concepts, and cultures. The webinar will end with the presentation of issues surrounding sustainability and brainstorming of possible solutions.
Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • critically compare differing influences on SBIRT implementation under differing conditions (i.e., location, students, culture);
  • learn key project elements and implementation methods that facilitate or hinder implementation of SBIRT education and its subsequent utilization in the field; and
  • explore and gain an initial understanding of options for SBIRT program sustainability.

Cynthia Montgomery, PhD, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Licensed Independent Provider at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute

Dr. Montgomery is also an assistant professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where she teaches in the graduate program and coordinates the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program. Dr. Montgomery has been instrumental in implementing SBIRT training in the undergraduate nursing program and assisted in the implementation of interdisciplinary SBIRT simulation at UAA.

Lydia Ogden, PhD, MSW

Associate Teaching Professor in Human Services at Northeastern University

From 2012-2016, Dr. Ogden was a co-principal investigator on a project funded by the U.S Dept. of Health and Human Services-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, as part of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Medical Professional Training Program. She and co-authors Mohan Vinjamuri and Jessica Kahn recently published findings from the project in an article called “Translating ‘SBIRT’ into social work practice: An empirically-based model” in the Journal of Social Service Research. The article presents a detailed description of barriers and facilitators around implementing SBIRT training in BA- and MS- level social work programs. Her other SBIRT-related publications to-date appear in the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work Education and the Journal of Social Work Education.


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



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