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 and young adults is getting them to open up and engage in a conversation about their use. This four-part webinar series introduces health professionals to the SBIRT model as a way to learn from adolescents and young adults 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 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.

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 and young adults 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 and young adults, designed for both those who are new to SBIRT and for those who want more advanced training beyond an overview.


Watch All 7.5 Hours On Demand Now or Later


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

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, and is involved in initiatives focused on SBIRT for substance misuse and co-morbid depression, anxiety, and suicide risk.

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!