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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) for Substance Use Disorders and Addictions

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Length: 2 hours

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Addictions, and in particular substance abuse, represent one of the most important health and mental health problems in our nation. Psychologists frequently encounter addictive behaviors in their practice and consultations. However, most often these behaviors are not the focus of the intake or the encounter with the client. Nevertheless, they complicate treatment and consultations. How can every psychologist responsibly and effectively address substance use without having to become an addiction psychologist? The answer is SBIRT, Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment. SBIRT has been used in medical and clinical settings for over 10 years and is recommended practice for many addictive behaviors demonstrating effectiveness in reducing risk and promoting movement through the stages of change. This workshop will describe and demonstrate screening and brief intervention strategies that can be used to identify risky involvement with alcohol, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, tobacco, nonprescription medications and gambling behaviors. Most effective referral options will also be explored. The webcast will enable psychologists in a variety of settings to address and manage client substance misuse and problems with addictive behaviors more efficiently and effectively.

Learning Objective 1
Identify and use brief screening algorithms for a range of addictive behaviors (alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, nonprescription use of prescription medications, and gambling).

Learning Objective 2
Provide feedback about screening data and offer a brief intervention to address positive screens.

Learning Objective 3
Provide advice, negotiate goals, and offer referrals for further assessment and/or treatment.

Presenter: Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP

DiClemente Dr. DiClemente is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and directs the MDQUIT Tobacco Resource Center, the Center for Community Collaboration, and the Home Visiting Training Center at UMBC. He is known for his work developing and applying the Transtheoretical Model of Intentional Behavior Change and his contributions to understanding motivation and change. He has published numerous articles and books including Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover, Changing for Good; and multiple professional books The Transtheoretical Model, Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change), and Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages of Change Therapy Manua


Course Director: Bruce Liese, PhD

Liese Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Courtesy Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas, and current President-Elect of the Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP; APA Division 50). Dr. Liese earned his PhD from The University at Albany in 1983. He is a teacher, clinical supervisor, researcher, and clinician.  His work focuses primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of addictive behaviors.  He has been Director of CBT training for a large multi-center NIDA-funded addictions study and over time has supervised hundreds of CB therapists.  Presently he teaches courses on addictive behaviors, psychotherapy, and evidence-based practice in psychology and he supervises more than a dozen psychotherapy trainees.  Dr. Liese has more than 50 publications, and he has co-authored two texts on addictions.  He was Editor of The Addictions Newsletter for ten years, an official publication of APA Division 50.  For his work on this newsletter, Dr. Liese received a President’s Citation from Division 50. He has been chosen to be a member of APA’s Continuing Education Committee, and in 2015 he received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training award from APA Division 50.

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Supplementary Materials

  • Screening, Brief Interventions PPT slides
  • MD3 Screening Questions and Options
  • Key References and Resources
  • Webcast Transcript