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


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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; and
  • Increase knowledge of limitations of SBIRT.

Ken C. Winters, PhD

Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota & Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute

Dr. Winters retired as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, where he found and directed the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research for 25 years.   His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including adolescent drug abuse and problem gambling. Along with Keven Sabet, he is co-editing a book on marijuana and health, to be published by Oxford press in 2017, and he is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.  Dr. Winters  has received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations over a 30-year period.  He was the 2008 recipient of the Research to Evidence-Based Practice Award from a national organization on effective treatment for adolescents (JMATE), and received in 2005 the Senior Investigator Award by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG).   Dr. Winters is a frequent publisher, speaker and trainer and is a consultant to many organizations, including NCRG, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and the Mentor Foundation (an international drug abuse prevention organization).


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