Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

Tailoring Conversations and Treatment to Adolescents and Young Adults at Risk for Substance Use Disorders


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Experimenting and pushing limits are normal developmental parts of adolescence and young adulthood. This may encompass experimenting with various substances that are easy to acquire and, unfortunately, that includes opioids. Whether they're using prescribed or “over-the-counter” drugs in excess of the directions or any non-medical use of drugs, how can we best prevent substance use in this population and provide the best intervention and treatment when there is a problem? 

This webinar will explore 1) vulnerabilities to developing an opioid addiction 2) warning signs that a young person is misusing a prescription 3) conversations (that take 3 minutes or less) that can help prevent misuse of medication and 4) various options for treatment with the pros and cons of each. Implementation of treatment within specific practice settings, including FQHCs and integrated care will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will:

  • Understand the benefits and limitations of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid abuse as well as other substances
  • Identify the warning signs that a young person is at high risk of abusing a prescribed or otherwise acquired opioid
  • Identify the challenges to implementation of MAT in various practice settings (including FQHCs and primary care)



Matthew Felgus, MD, FASAM

Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry, President of the Wisconsin Society of Addiction Medicine (WISAM) and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)

Dr Felgus has a clinical faculty appointment in the Psychiatry Department at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is Medical Director of Family Health-LaClinica in Friendship, WI, a rural FQHC treating individuals with addiction to opioids and methamphetamine in an underserved area. He has been treating individuals with substance use, abuse and dependence for over 20 years. Before he went to medical school, Dr. Felgus was a drug counselor and brings that perspective to treating his patients. He has lectured extensively on addiction issues to doctors and doctors-in-training as well as nurses, counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and whoever else will listen. He has a Bachelor in Science in Psychology from Penn State University, received his MD from Hahnemann (now Drexel) University in Philadelphia, completed a Psychiatry residency at the University of Connecticut, and a Research Fellowship in Substance Abuse at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
Moderated by:

Tracy McPherson, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Dr. McPherson is the Principal Investigator of the NORC Adolescent SBIRT Project, as well as many other initiatives over her 20+ years working to implement SBIRT in many different settings, disciplines, and professions.
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