SBIRT Basics for the Busy Primary Care Provider and/or Behavioral Health Provider

Presented By

Martha J. "Molly" Faulkner, PhD, APRN, LCSW

Duration: 1 hour

There is no fee for this program.


Release Date: April 15, 2020

Expiration Date: April 14, 2023

Media Format(s)

Prerecorded online video and case presentations, online quizzes.


The Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a comprehensive, integrated, evidenced-based tool for early identification and intervention with patients whose patterns of alcohol and/or drug use (and other behaviors) put their health at risk.


This webinar will serve as an introduction to the series, and will provide an abbreviated overview of the SBIRT model and its efficacy in screening for risky substance use.  The presenters will discuss the public health impact of substance use in the United States, and how SBIRT can improve patient outcomes and assist with efficient and effective care coordination. Finally, attendees will learn basic strategies to work effectively with patients who are using substances (including motivational interviewing, brief negotiated interview, and referral to treatment approaches and considerations).


By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Examine the SBIRT model and efficacy in screening for Substance Use Disorders.

2. Apply motivational interviewing techniques in a busy clinic setting to assure access to treatment and recovery supports.

3. Develop integrated strategies and skills for care teams to effectively assess and create a recovery referral process for substance using patients

Skill Level


Target Audience

Administrators, Clinical Directors, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Pharmacists, and other members of the healthcare team.

Content Skill Level Descriptions

Beginner level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.


Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.


Advanced level courses provide content for participants who have been working in the content area and have a clear understanding of the issues. These courses cover and address the complexities involved in the work and involve synthesizing material to create new patterns or structures or evaluating material for a specific purpose.

Instructions for Obtaining Continuing Education Credit

To receive a certificate of continuing education, you must:

  • Electronically sign-in for the session
  • View the video in its entirety
  • Successfully complete the quiz with a score of 80% or higher.   You will have two attempts to pass.
  • Complete the online course evaluation.
  • You will be able to print your certificate after completing the evaluation.



In support of improving patient care, IHS Clinical Support Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.0 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change


The IHS Clinical Support Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity


This activity is designated 1.0 contact hour for nurses.

Social Workers


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, the Indian Health Service Clinical Support Center is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.  The IHS Clinical Support Center maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credit.



Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) and the IHS Clinical Support Center. The IHS Clinical Support Center maintains responsibility for the content of the program.  Psychologists completing this course receive 1.0 continuing education credit.


Many state Counselor boards (including the various types of addiction counselors, mental health counselors, etc.) accept either APA or ASWB approval. See these approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers. Please check with your board to be sure.


Participants can select a certificate of attendance, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Accreditation applies solely to this educational activity and does not imply approval or endorsement of any commercial product, services or processes by the CSC, IHS, the federal government, or the accrediting bodies.


Disclosure Statement:  As a jointly accredited provider of continuing education, the IHS Clinical Support Center must ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Course directors/coordinators, planning committee members, faculty, reviewers and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty will also disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentation. All those who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have completed the disclosure process and have indicated that they do not have any relevant financial relationships or affiliations with any manufacturers or commercial products to disclose.


There is no commercial interest support for this educational activity.

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-Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
-512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
-Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or later, Windows Edge browser, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome

Mac OS
-1.83 GHz Intel Core Dueo or faster processor
-512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
-Mac OS X 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 and 10.13
-Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome

-Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
-No application support is available for Linux. Users on Linux can attend meetings in the browser.
-Google Chrome
-Adobe Flash Player 23.0

-Google Android 4.4 or later OR Apple iOS: iOS 8.1.2 or later

Internet Speed/Additional Requirements

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