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Training institute offers educational programs on screening

February 7, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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The National SBIRT Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) throughout the year will be holding a series of Wednesday webinars designed to inform addiction and related professionals about applications of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment approaches for various populations.

The free 90-minute webinars in 2014 will focus largely on what has worked and what has fallen short in actual SBIRT implementations. Some of the upcoming topics include SBIRT and the criminal justice system on March 12; a look at the Georgia BASICS program on March 19; using SBIRT to reduce opioid risk on April 9; and SBIRT for adolescents in school-based health centers on April 30.

The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA), where the ATTC focusing on SBIRT is housed, emphasizes that SBIRT is significantly underutilized given the evidence basis for it. IRETA cites a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found that only one in six adults has ever discussed alcohol use with a healthcare professional.

For more information about the webinar series, click here.