BESST Project SBIRT Online Trainings

The Boston University Evidence-based SBIRT Student Training Program (The BESST Program), funded by SAMHSA.

The BESST Project has devised a flexible, multi-disciplinary, culturally competent, sustainable, and clinically relevant service model for integrating SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) training into health profession curricula. Training recipients will be medical, dental, pharmacy, and physical/occupational therapy students from Boston University and Northeastern University. The BESST Project will increase future capacity to address substance use and prescription drug misuse in health care settings through an innovative Train-the-Trainer model, interdepartmental collaboration, and curricular enhancement.

Project Director:  Daniel Alford, MD, MPH
Project Manager:  Jacqueline Savetsky German, MPH
Project Coordinator:  Ann Cashell, MPH


SBIRT for Pharmacists

Pharmacists module (23 minutes)

Links to Surveys

Click HERE for the link to the pre-survey.  Please fill out this survey BEFORE you watch the online module.  

Click HERE for the post-survey.  Please fill out this survey RIGHT AFTER you watch the online module. 


SBIRT for Physical and Occupational Therapists

This online module was created for Physcial and Occupational Therapists and students at Boston Medical Center. It is an introduction to SBIRT and demonstrates the importance and relevance of screening and brief intervention in this field.

Physical and Occupational Therapist module (25 minutes)


SBIRT in Medical School: Screening

This online module was created for first year medical students at the Boston University School of Medicine (ICM-1), as an introduction to screening and assessing patients for unhealthy substance use.  

ICM-1: Introduction to Substance Use Screening (15 minutes)