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Screening, Brief intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Workshop May 2021

8:00am - May 6, 2021 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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The Great Lakes MHTTC offers this training to behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based method for reducing harm and improving outcomes for patients with substance use disorders. This SBIRT training will prepare participants to deliver SBIRT interventions in health care and other settings.

Training Dates

Thursday, May 6, 2021 and
Friday, May 7, 2021
8:00am–12:00pm CST. (Please note time zone and adjust your calendar accordingly.) 

Participants must attend both sessions of this two-part series.


Participants in the SBIRT event are required to complete the two previous Great Lakes Motivational Interviewing trainings:

Motivational Interviewing Foundation: Relational Skills (three-part series March 17, 24 and 31, 2021) and
Motivational Interviewing Foundation: Technical Skills  (three-part series April 7, 14 and 21, 2021) 

If participants have had extensive training in Motivational interviewing and wish to be considered for an exemption, please contact the course instructor.    

In this interactive, instructor-led workshop, you will learn about and practice using screening tools, administering and interpreting assessments, giving feedback and making recommendations, including recommending treatment. 

Learning Objectives

  • Define the 5 categories of use on the substance use continuum 
  • Explain the rationale for universal SBIRT 
  • State how to conduct each step of the SBIRT process screening, brief assessment, and intervention/referral), incorporating aspects of motivational interviewing 
  • Administer SBIRT to adult patients 
  • Discuss how to conduct follow-up after initial SBIRT sessions 
  • Describe indications, adverse effects, and dosing for FDA-approved medications for substance use disorders 
  • Delineate common barriers to administering high-quality SBIRT systematically to all participants and how to overcome those barriers



Laura Saunders Laura A. Saunders, MSSW, is the Wisconsin State Project Manager for the Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers. Her position is housed at the UW–Madison, where she’s worked since 1988. Since 2001, Laura has provided SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing training to physicians, nurses, medical students, psychologists, specialty addiction treatment providers, social workers, physical therapists, health educators, and staff who work in correctional settings. She has provided feedback and coaching to hundreds of social workers, correctional staff, and other human service providers who are interested in using evidence-based practices with fidelity. Laura joined the international group of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) in 2006 (Sophia, Bulgaria) and is an active member of the Wisconsin MINT group.