Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

Substance Use Screening Tools for Adolescents

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 first webinar in the series discusses the rationale and evidence for using the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model with adolescents and young adults. It reviews the use of brief, validated screening tools for substance use and other risk factors, and how to score and interpret the level of risk to determine the appropriate level of brief intervention. This webinar will review the CRAFFT+N 2.1, S2BI, NIDA Modified ASSIST Levels 1 and 2, BSTAD, PHQ-2/9A, and C-SSRS.

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.



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).


Brett Harris, DrPH

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Dr. Harris has 14 years of experience in behavioral health with a focus on substance use and suicide prevention and early intervention training, technical assistance, research, and evaluation. At NORC, she leads a suicide prevention portfolio funded by SAMHSA, CDC, and private foundations and organizations. She is also involved in initiatives focused on an integrated model of SBIRT+Suicide Care to screen and intervene for substance misuse and co-morbid depression, anxiety, and suicide risk.

Dr. Harris is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University at Albany School of Public Health where she has designed a course in suicide prevention and collaborated on alcohol and drug prevention and early intervention projects. In her previous role as Director of Public Health Initiatives at the Suicide Prevention Office of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), she oversaw initiatives related to schools, colleges/universities, communities, and the relationship between substance use and suicide and worked with large health systems and community providers to integrate suicide safer care into multiple service settings. Prior to joining OMH, Dr. Harris developed, implemented, and evaluated alcohol and drug Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) projects with the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Dr. Harris serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Public Health Association and was selected for the de Beaumont Foundation’s inaugural cohort of 40 under 40 Public Health Leaders. Dr. Harris received her Doctor and Master of Public Health from the University at Albany and her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.

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.
Learning Objectives:

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

  • Learn what SBIRT stands for and what each component means.
  • Understand why SBIRT is relevant and important for use with adolescents and young adults.
  • Learn how to administer, score, and interpret the CRAFFT+N 2.1, S2BI, the NIDA Modified ASSIST Levels 1 and 2, BSTAD, PHQ-2/9A, and C-SSRS.

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