Adolescent SBIRT

Helping social workers and nurses prevent adolescent substance use

Adolescent Health Professionals Program

Many health professionals report having little time, training, tools, and treatment resources to have conversations with adolescents about their substance use. These online simulation training programs are designed to address these barriers.

Made possible by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, current and future adolescent health professionals can obtain access to two virtual simulations produced by NORC and Kognito. These simulations prepare health professionals to have vital conversations with adolescents about their substance use.

Learning Objectives
  1. Screen patients using evidence-based tools
  2. Conduct brief interventions using motivational interviewing
  3. Make collaborative action plans with patients
  4. Refer patients to treatment service and follow up on referrals
Incentives for Participation
Participants will receive:
Requirements for Participation
  • Serve as a current adolescent health professional (e.g., nurse, social worker, case manager, psychologist, physician, allied health professional, medical assistant, school-based professional) OR a higher education student preparing to become a future adolescent health professional (e.g., bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral student)
  • View the Technical Specifications to ensure your computer is compatible to run the Kognito simulation(s). Note that most all systems are compatible if you have a broadband internet connection and a compatible web browser.
Apply Today!
Complete the short application here.




With funding from the Conrad N. Hilton FoundationNORC at the University of Chicago works with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and technology partner Kognito to disseminate adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum in nursing, social work, and inter-professional education programs.