SBIRT Student Training Grant

ASU’s Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Student Training Grant is a five discipline collaborative in partnership with the Schools of Social Work, Nursing, Clinical Psychology, Counseling and Counseling Psychology, and Behavioral Health. The three year grant is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and serves to provide preservice educational opportunities in implementing strategies for brief universal screening for risky substance use.

Funding: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).

Partners: School of Social Work, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Counseling and Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Doctor of Behavioral Health program.

Program Description:
This 3-year grant is focused around two core program goals:

1)  Strengthening the future health care workforce by targeting SBIRT curriculum infusion and establishment of new SBIRT curriculum in selected academic programs at Arizona State University.
2)   Developing leadership skills in faculty and field instructors to champion the implementation of SBIRT in health and behavioral health practicum and internship settings.

In pursuit of the above goals, the ASU collaborative has infused a total of 20 unique courses with SBIRT content, and trained nearly 30 faculty members and field instructors in the SBIRT model. Participating faculty have instructed nearly 500 students in the SBIRT model via online and on-ground courses. In addition, four on-campus and campus-affiliated training clinics, have implemented the SBIRT model through the auspices of this project, providing students, faculty, and community-based clients with SBIRT services.

SBIRT By the Numbers

  • 5 participating disciplines
  • 20 unique SBIRT or SBIRT-infused courses
  • 29 faculty and field instructors trained
  • 471 students exposed to SBIRT materials 

CABHP's Role: CABHP serves as the project coordinating center, overseeing the project evaluation tasks, as well as providing subject matter expertise in the areas of SBIRT, Motivational Interviewing, and Medication-Assisted Treatment. CABHP staff oversee facilitation of a project Council of Directors, comprised of department heads of the participating disciplines, ensuring fidelity to the SBIRT model and dissemination across the university and local community.

Principal Investigator: Michael S. Shafer, Ph.D.

Project Manager: Adrienne Lindsey, MA, DBH

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