Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

Using SBIRT to Talk to Adolescents about Substance Use
Four-Part On Demand Webinar Series

One of the largest barriers to providing appropriate substance use services to adolescents is getting them to open up about their use and engage in conversation to reduce or eliminate it, if necessary. This four-part webinar series introduces health professionals to the SBIRT model as a way to learn from adolescents 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.

The first webinar in the series discusses the value, rationale for, and evidence of using the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model with adolescents as well as the use of valid, brief screening tools for substance use and other risk factors and how to determine the recommended level of intervention based on level of risk.

The second and third webinars demonstrate how to deliver brief interventions using the Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI) informed by motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

The fourth webinar outlines how to provide referrals to treatment, where appropriate, and facilitate linkages and follow-up to adolescents who screen at-risk.


Along with cutting-edge, evidence-based education, the expert presenters will provide sample scripts and role plays so participants gain strategies to use right away with adolescents 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, designed for both those who are new to SBIRT and for those who want more advanced training beyond an overview.


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Substance Use Screening Tools for Adolescents

Brief Intervention for Adolescents 
Part I: BNI Using MI Strategies
Brief Intervention for Adolescents 
Part II: BNI Using MI and CBT Strategies
Discussing Options and Referring Adolescents to Treatment

Featuring Expert Presenters:


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 Psychology (Clinical) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Brett Harris, DrPH

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the Universityy

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), Dr. Harris oversaw initiatives related to schools, colleges/universities, communities, and the relationship between substance use and suicide and works with large health systems and community providers to integrate suicide safer care into multiple service settings.

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.

Other Components of the Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum


Would you like more information on how to utilize the Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum and/or assistance customizing it to meet your educational and training needs? Please contact us!