Individual-level training

SBIRT Overview

This session provides:

  • the rationale and evidence for SBIRT 
  • how to screen for unhealthy substance (alcohol and other drug) use using validated screening tools
  • how to assess for severity of unhealthy substance use
  • how to effectively provide brief feedback and advice for patients with unhealthy substance use
  • how to access resources for further assessment and referral to specialty substance abuse treatment

SBIRT Overview can be delivered as part of Grand Rounds or all-staff meetings to help familiarize staff with basic concepts and start to think about practical applications to promote SBIRT implementation.

Length: 1 hour (no skills practice) - 4 hours (skills practice)
Modality: delivered in person or via web conferencing

Skills training and coaching

Training sessions that focus on specific topics and skills to expand upon basic SBIRT skills acquired in the SBIRT Overview session.  Content may focus on topics, such as Motivational Interviewing, Brief Negotiated Interview, addiction management/treatment, referral resources, and program evaluation.   

Training content can be customized for:

  • Providers (e.g., physicians, nurses, paraprofessionals, community health workers, social service professionals, public health professionals)
  • Administrative staff (e.g., organizational trainers, directors, administrators, practice managers, employer/union benefits managers)
  • Specific patient populations (e.g., adolescent, women of childbearing age, older adults)
  • Diverse settings (e.g., general medical settings, EAPs, dental settings, school health settings, community organizations, independent worker organizations/unions, behavioral health settings, criminal justice settings, colleges and universities)

Length: Variable
Modality: delivered in person or via web conferencing

Manualized Brief Treatment

Short-term (6-12 session) evidence-based substance abuse counseling based on Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy delivered by a trained behavioral health professional to encourage integrated SBIRT sites to offer Brief Treatment for those who need further assistance.

Length: Variable
Modality: delivered in person (see MDPH-BSAS training schedule for upcoming trainings or contact MASBIRT TTA to schedule a training for your organization)

Creating SBIRT organizational change agents

One-on-one technical assistance sessions to facilitate leading change to adopt SBIRT in an organization.

Length: variable
Modality: delivered in person


A model for training designated staff to disseminate SBIRT throughout an organization and address sustainability of SBIRT practices.

Length: variable
Modality: delivered in person and ongoing technical assistance through distance education technology