Adolescent SBIRT

Reducing Substance Use by Young People

Adolescent SBIRT Request for Applications (RFA) 
Academic-Community Partnership Program Implementation

With funding from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, this initiative encourages the infusion of adolescent screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) into practice settings in partnership with schools of social work and nursing. Beginning in 2014, NORC at the University of Chicago collaborated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and technology partner Kognito to develop, evaluate, and disseminate an interactive, competency-based adolescent substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) curriculum for nursing, social work, and inter-professional education programs. This user-friendly curriculum offers training for providers in a range of settings where adolescents receive primary care services such as school-based health centers, hospital systems, pediatric and family medicine clinics, and federally qualified health centers.

What is the Academic-Community Partnership Program and Who is Eligible to Participate?

The Academic-Community Partnership Program is open to educators of associate, baccalaureate, master and/or doctoral level students who are not receiving other funding to support the implementation and evaluation of adolescent SBIRT training and/or practice. Through this program, participants receive FREE access to the Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum and Toolkit, including the Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT and online SBI with Adolescents virtual patient/client simulation. The implementation of SBIRT training curriculum and SBIRT services supports adolescents and young adult patients in the following ways:

  • Facilitating the integration and use of validated adolescent screening and assessment tools will help to identify substance use and risk for developing a substance use disorder.
  • Offering training to staff/clinicians on delivering tailored feedback based on level of risk and brief counseling using motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral principles that support health promoting behaviors to reduce substance use and associated risks.
  • Linking adolescents and their parents/caregivers to substance use services (e.g., substance use counseling, medically assisted treatment) to support initiation and engagement in services, and to improve care coordination and service delivery.
  • Conducting follow-up with adolescents and their parents/caregivers to support ongoing care management.

What is the Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT?

The Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT provides a comprehensive training curriculum that takes the learner through all components of the SBIRT model. The guide is used to teach students, field instructors, preceptors, and practitioners in nursing, social work and other disciplines the skills needed to screen and intervene with adolescents who use substances. Each module contains suggested readings, multiple examples of sample interactions between a practitioner and adolescent or young adult, and includes practice dialogues and role plays that learner can use to practice the each component of SBIRT. The guide includes companion slide decks and supplemental resources as well as downloadable materials available from the curriculum website.

What is the SBI with Adolescents simulation?

SBI with Adolescents is an online professional development simulation that prepares health professionals to screen adolescents and young adults for substance use, conduct brief interventions using motivational interviewing strategies, and refer patients/clients to obtain further support. For more information or to take a demo: https://kognito.com/products/sbi-with-adolescents.

What are the requirements of the Academic-Community Partnership Program?

Participating schools shall:
  • Join NORC’s Adolescent SBIRT Learning Collaborative to learn and share best practices when implementing SBIRT curriculum and training. Participate in monthly Learning Collaborative calls.
  • Implement the Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum including the Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT (with companion slide deck and resources) and Kognito SBI with Adolescents simulation training in a nursing, social work, and/or inter-professional education program with students and other stakeholders (e.g. educators/faculty). Participate in the evaluation of the impact of education on learner outcomes (e.g., knowledge, self-efficacy, and skills).
  • Work with at least one community-based organization (e.g., field placement or preceptorship sites such as schools or clinics) to 1) conduct SBIRT training with field instructors, preceptors, and/or practitioners and staff in the community-based organization and 2) implement adolescent SBIRT including the use of a validated screening tool, brief intervention using the Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI) model, and referral. 3) Participate in the evaluation of the impact of training on learner outcomes (e.g., knowledge, self-efficacy, and skills) and practice uptake (e.g., # of screenings, brief interventions, and referrals conducted). NORC will work with programs to customize and implement the training to meet the needs of the site and time available to conduct training.
  • Submit a brief process outcome report on SBIRT training implementation and practice uptake on a quarterly basis (NORC to provide report template).
  • Administer electronic pre and posttest training evaluation surveys provided by NORC.
  • Participate in orientation via web conferencing.

What are the benefits of participating?

  • Gain access to the Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum and Toolkit including the Learner’s Guide to Adolescent SBIRT (with companion slide deck and resources) and Kognito SBI with Adolescents simulation training at no cost to the academic program or community-based organization. Obtain free CEs and certificate of completion through the Kognito SBI with Adolescents simulation training.
  • Learners will expand their knowledge, build self-efficacy, and develop skills in utilizing validated screening tools, conducting brief intervention using motivational interviewing strategies, and implementing best practices in referral with adolescent and young adult populations.
  • Receive technical assistance on curriculum implementation and evaluation of learner and process outcomes related to SBIRT training and practice uptake as well as preparation of presentations and publications.
  • Obtain access to training evaluation survey data collected at the academic and community-based site through a Data Use Agreement and Secure File Transfer Protocol.
  • Receive a small stipend for participating in the implementation and evaluation of the Academic-Community Partnership Program.

How do I apply?

Application link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Phase2TrackF

Note: Once you begin the online application, you cannot leave and finish later. You can, however, copy and paste answers from a Word document into the text fields. You can use this Track F RFA Worksheet to view the questions listed in the online application.