Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

Integrating Adolescent SBIRT Education into Health Professional Training: Findings from A National Effort to Prepare the Next Workforce

Description: NORC at the University of Chicago partnered with the Council on Social Work Education, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Center for Clinical Social Work, IRETA, Kognito, and subject matter experts to develop and evaluate an Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum including a Learner's Guide to Adolescent SBIRT for Instructors and SBI with Adolescents online virtual simulation. The curriculum was implemented in social work and nursing programs participating in a learning collaborative as part of a national workforce development initiative conducted by NORC with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This webinar will present findings from the evaluation of the effectiveness of the adolescent SBIRT education on key outcomes including students’ knowledge, attitudes, readiness, confidence, competence, and skills.

Learning Objectives: By participating in this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn about the Adolescent SBIRT  Curriculum and how to access adolescent SBIRT health professional training resources;
  • Discuss findings from the evaluation of the effectiveness of implementing adolescent SBIRT education in social  work and nursing programs on key learning outcomes; and 
  • Learn how to access sample pretest and posttest evaluation measures to assess the effectiveness of adolescent SBIRT education and training with students, practitioners, educators, field instructors, and preceptors.


Shauna P. Acquavita, PhD, LISW-S, is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work in the College of Allied Health Sciences at University of Cincinnati. She has a decade of social work experience working with individuals who have been diagnosed with mental health and substance use disorders. She completed a Pre-Doctorate Fellowship in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a Post-Doctorate at Johns Hopkins University in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit. Her research focuses on substance use disorders including tobacco use among vulnerable populations, specifically pregnant women. She is also a proponent of interprofessional education and collaboration.

Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN, FAAN, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, and the Department of Psychiatry. He is board-certified both in psychiatric and addictions nursing. His professional background has included clinical care, research, administration, and education. He was the first Clinical Director for the University of Michigan Addictions Treatment Services (UMATS, 2006-2010). Dr. Strobbe has authored nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles, position statements, book chapters, and other resources related to substance use and addictions nursing. He has been an invited speaker, both nationally and internationally, including Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and Iceland. Dr. Strobbe is a former Fulbright Scholar to Brazil (2017-2018), Immediate Past President of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA, 2018-2020), and a Fellow of the International Academy of Addictions Nursing (FIAAN), and the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).

Cathy Koetting, DNP, APRN, CPNP, PMHS, NP- is a tenured associate professor of nursing at Saint Louis University School of Nursing where she has been primarily responsible for integrating Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in the undergraduate and prelicensure graduate nursing curriculums. Dr. Koetting is a board certified pediatric and family nurse practitioner who has specialty certification in pediatric and adolescent mental health, and her practice over the past 13 years has included mainly vulnerable populations. Her area of research is forensic nursing where she focuses on health outcomes in people with intellectual disabilities as a result of adverse childhood events and violence. She is also a member of the Sexual Assault Advisory Board at Saint Louis University where she has been involved in Title IX policies and their application to various University cases.

Moderator: Dr. Tracy McPherson is a Senior Research Scientist in the Public Health Department at NORC at the University of Chicago. For more than 18 years she has led substance use and mental health prevention/early intervention projects funded by government agencies and foundations. Her work has focused on translating research into practice - assisting medical and behavioral health organizations implement clinical practice informed by scientific evidence, build workforce capacity, and evaluate the impact of practice change. Dr. McPherson is the Evaluation, Training, and Technical Assistance Lead on NORC’s Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) projects. As part of this work she leads learning collaboratives focused on improving access to screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment and follow-up care for risky alcohol and other substance use. Dr. McPherson is the Principal Investigator of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation grant, Integrating Adolescent SBIRT in Social Work and Nursing Education, a national workforce development initiative to infuse adolescent SBIRT training in social work, nursing, and interprofessional programs ( Dr. McPherson holds a PhD in Applied Social Psychology from The George Washington University.

Continuing Education Credits: This webinar does not offer continuing education credits, but we will provide you with a free certificate of attendance for your records by completing this online form.



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