The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

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

A Military Culture Approach to SBIRT for Veterans & Active Duty Personnel

Free webinar produced in partnership with NAADACNational SBIRT ATTCNORC, and SAMHSA

Description: Active duty military and veterans have increasingly been recognized as populations requiring specialized approaches for the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. In this webinar, the presenters will, from a multidisciplinary perspective, describe the unique elements of military culture that can inform clinical practice, discuss data about substance use disorders in active duty and veteran populations, and review the ways that the SBIRT model has been and can be adapted to better serve these populations.
Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, participants will be able to: 
  • Describe the importance of military culture as it relates to substance use;
  • Understand the best practices to form a therapeutic alliance with veterans in the clinical context; and
  • Consider specific adaptations or formulations of SBIRT for military and veteran populations.


Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD, (Department of Psychiatry & College of Nursing). Dr. Karnik is Associate Professor in the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Section and Department of Psychiatry at Rush Medical College and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing at the Rush College of Nursing. At Rush University, he is also Medical Director of the Road Home Program: Center for Veterans and their Families, and Director of the Rush University Life Course SBIRT Training Program. He concurrently serves as an Associate Faculty Member of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on community-based interventions for high-risk populations with psychiatric and substance use disorders.

Tanya Friese, DNP, RN, CNL, USN(ret), served as a Hospital Corpsman during the first Gulf War. After service-connected disabilities resulted in her retirement from the Navy, she completed a bachelor’s degree in public health and a master’s and doctoral degree in nursing. Friese teaches in the Department of Community, Systems, and Mental Health Nursing at Rush University is the nursing education manager for interprofessional continuing education, and the educational coordinator for the Road Home Program at Rush. Her areas of expertise include veterans and their families, mental health, individuals with disabilities and people who identify as LGBTQ.

Nicholas Turner, LCSW, CADC, received his Master of Arts in social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. He has worked in various mental health and substance abuse settings with children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to his work with the Road Home Program, Turner is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Chicago. He also co-authored the book Mindfulness-Based Sobriety, a treatment guide for addiction recovery that was published by New Harbinger Publishing in January 2014. Turner is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), certified alcohol and drug counselor (CADC) and a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Moderator: Tracy McPherson, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago 

CE Credit and Certificate: CE credit for this webinar has expired and is no longer available.