Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

Brief Intervention for Adolescents Part I: BNI Using MI Strategies

A component of Using SBIRT to Talk to Adolescents about Substance Use four-part webinar series


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One of the largest barriers to providing appropriate substance use services to adolescents and young adults is getting them to open up about their use and engage in conversation to reduce or eliminate it, if necessary. The Using SBIRT to Talk to Adolescents about Substance Use four-part webinar series introduces health professionals to the SBIRT model as a way to learn about their substance use, talk about what might motivate them to make a decision to reduce or abstain (if needed), and execute a plan to do so.

This second webinar in the series demonstrates how to deliver brief intervention to adolescents and young adults using the Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI) informed by motivational interviewing (MI), using sample dialogues. The BNI is a great way to facilitate conversation with them about their substance use, as well as what might motivate them to seek treatment, if necessary.

Along with evidence-based education, the expert presenters will provide sample scripts and role plays so participants gain strategies to use right away in many settings. This free education is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain an in-depth understanding of SBIRT and its use with adolescents and young adults. It is designed for both those who are new to SBIRT and for those who want more advanced training beyond an overview.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Learn the steps of delivering an effective brief intervention based on the Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI) model.
  • Use Motivational Interviewing (MI) strategies to increase an adolescent's internal motivation to change their substance use.



Ken C. Winters, PhD

Retired Senior Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota

Dr. Winters retired as a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, where he founded and directed the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research for 25 years. Dr. Winters received his BA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including adolescent drug use and problem gambling. His recent work in the field has focused on brief interventions and the SBIRT model to address adolescents who are mild-to-moderate drug users and have co-existing behavioral problems. Along with Keven Sabet, he co-edited Contemporary Health Issues on Marijuana, published in 2018 by Oxford University Press, and also co-edited the 2nd edition of Clinical Manual of Adolescent Addictive Disorders, published in 2019 by the American Psychiatric Association. He is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, and the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Dr. Winters received numerous research grants from the National Institute of Health and various foundations and published over 125 peer-reviewed articles over a 30-year period. He was the 2008 recipient of the Research to Evidence-Based Practice Award from a national organization on effective treatment for adolescents (JMATE), and received in 2005 the Senior Investigator Award by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG). Dr. Winters is a frequent speaker and trainer, and a consultant to many organizations, including Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, NCRG, NORC at the University of Chicago, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc., Florida International University’s Office of Research and Economic Development, Smart Approaches to Marijuana- MN Affiliate, and the Mentor Foundation (an international drug abuse prevention organization).

Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, RN

Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, & Public Health Professional

Currently an independent SBIRT consultant, Carolyn Swenson also provides QPR suicide prevention training to professionals and community groups, and motivational interviewing training to primary care professionals and community health workers. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a public health nurse on the Navajo Reservation, with migrant farm workers in rural Colorado, in refugee healthcare in Africa, with immigrant survivors of torture, coordinating population-based research in rural Colorado, and on quality improvement in primary care.
Moderated by:

Tracy McPherson, PhD

Principal Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Dr. McPherson is the Principal Investigator of NORC's Adolescent SBIRT Initiative funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  She oversees a portfolio of SBIRT training, technical assistance, implementation, and evaluation projects. Her work includes an expanded, integrated model of SBIRT+Suicide Care to prepare the workforce to screen and intervene for substance use and co-occurring risk of depression, anxiety, and suicide. She earn her PhD in Applied Social Psychology from George Washington University.

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