Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

A Cohort of Committed Partners Working for Youth

Beginning in 2014, with funding from the Conrad N. Hilton FoundationNORC at the University of Chicago partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW), the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA), and Kognito to engage nursing and social work schools, and their accrediting bodies, in a learning collaborative to develop and evaluate interactive, competency-based substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum.

NORC at the University of Chicago

NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization headquartered in downtown Chicago with additional offices on the University of Chicago’s campus, the DC Metro area, Atlanta, Boston, and San Francisco. NORC also supports a nationwide field staff as well as international research operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with government agencies, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to provide data and analysis that support informed decision-making in key areas, including health care, education, economics, crime, justice, and energy. NORC’s decades of leadership and experience in data collection, analysis, and dissemination —coupled with deep subject matter expertise—provide the foundation for effective solutions. Learn more about NORC and the SBIRT projects at


American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

AACN is the nation’s leading nursing education association providing resources and support for baccalaureate, master's, DNP programs, and PhD nursing programs. Learn more about AACN at

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

CSWE is the sole accrediting agency for undergraduate and graduate social work education in the U.S. Learn more about CSWE at

Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW)

Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW), now part of the American Board of Clinical Social Work (ABCSW), promotes clinical social work as a profession that is highly respected and clearly defined in terms of the rights of its members, the standards to which they adhere and the unique abilities they bring to the challenge of helping others. Learn more at


Kognito is a leader in developing and disseminating immersive learning experiences that simulate challenging conversations about health and social issues using fully-animated, emotionally responsive virtual humans. Kognito’s online and mobile simulations allow consumers and professionals to build the skills, attitudes and self-efficacy to engage in real-life conversations that can drive significant and sustained changes in their own and others’ health behaviors. Kognito simulations have addressed a wide range of health topics, including substance use screening and brief intervention competencies for primary care and emergency department professionals. Learn more about Kognito at