Adolescent SBIRT

Reducing Substance Use by Young People

Learning Collaborative for Adolescent SBIRT in Social Work & Nursing Education


NORC at the University of Chicago has partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to engage nursing and social work schools, and their accrediting bodies, in a learning collaborative funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to develop and evaluate interactive, competency-based substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum.

This learning collaborative will consist of a wide variety of nursing and social work schools who will take an active role in shaping the development of the SBIRT curriculum.

The participation of schools in the learning collaborative is imperative to creating an effective and comprehensive curriculum that will be beneficial to integrating adolescent substance abuse screening, interventions and treatment into schools of social work and nursing.

Participating Schools Will:

  • Participate in calls on the second Tuesday of each month from 3-4pm Eastern with NORC staff and Kognito to share their experiences and learn from other educators about their experience integrating substance use education into existing curriculum; gain access to free materials and resources; and offer insight and feedback regarding the development of the curriculum.

  • Have the opportunity to receive up to $10,000 to pilot the adolescent SBIRT curriculum in existing undergraduate and graduate curricula. Through this grant, schools will receive technical assistance to aid in the implementation process and participate in evaluation.

  • After the grant period ending in the fall of 2017, grantees can continue to use the free resources and materials provided through the learning collaborative. Access to the interactive competency-based learning system will be made available at a discounted price.


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