Integrating Adolescent Substance Abuse Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment (SBIRT) throughout Social Work and Nursing School Education

Beginning in 2014, NORC partnered with the Council on Social Work Education; Center for Clinical Social Work; American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions; and Kognito to engage schools of nursing and social work in a learning collaborative to develop, evaluate, and disseminate interactive, competency-based curriculum. In collaboration with Kognito, a leader in immersive learning experiences using virtual humans, the state-of-the-art online, SBI with Adolescents® simulation program and curriculum are being expanded to train medical and behavioral health professionals to address adolescent alcohol, marijuana, and opioid use as well as behavioral health risk factors associated with substance use.

Through this partnership, NORC has develop the Adolescent SBIRT Instructor’s Toolkit. This toolkit includes a Adolescent SBIRT Learner’s Guide to teach nursing and social work students and practitioners the skills to screen and intervene with adolescents who use substances. The guide also includes companion slide decks and supplemental resources. Each module contains multiple examples of sample interactions between a practitioner and adolescent or young adult, and includes practice dialogues and role plays that students can use to practice the different SBIRT steps. The Adolescent SBIRT Learner’s Guide and the SBI with Adolescents® simulation program bring together the tools that educators, field instructors, preceptors, students, and practitioners need to screen adolescents for alcohol and other drug use using validated tools; deliver effective brief interventions using motivational interviewing skills; link adolescents to medical, behavioral or specialty treatment services as needed; work with other health professionals in ongoing care coordination; and provide follow-up and recovery supports to adolescents.