Introduction to SBIRT- Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Rural Behavioral Health Providers

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 01:30 PM until 03:30 PM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Contact Person
AKTC Support
Support Phone
(907) 264-6244
Support Email
Support Website
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

Rural AKHealth Professions Foundation/AKTraining Cooperative
Richard (Rusty) Tews


Contact Hours: 2.00
C.E. Credit for BH - Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification (ACBHC): 2.00

Training Overview Description

SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders. Primary care centers, hospital emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other community settings provide opportunities for early intervention with at-risk substance users before more severe consequences occur.

  • Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
  • Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
  • Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.

This training will provide behavioral health practitioners with an introduction to SBIRT and a review of its components with an emphasis on the important role of behavioral health providers as partners to organizations implementing SBIRT. The presentation will also include the rationale for implementing SBIRT in diverse health care settings, the use of validated screening tools, structured approaches to conducting effective motivationally based brief interventions, and strategies for supporting successful treatment referrals.

Event-specific Details

AKTC E-Learning Portal - Training Materials, Zoom Connection, and Training Evaluation.
All participants are encouraged to access the AKTC e-Learning Portal,, in order to review training materials and access the Zoom link prior to the training. The e-Learning Portal is only available after completing your registration. After the training, use the e-Learning Portal to complete the training evaluation - required for Continuing Education Units. Log in with the same username (username or email address) and password used to register for the training.

Web-Conference Information.
This training will be delivered as a live, interactive, web-conference using Zoom. You must prepare for the webinar prior to the day of the training. Web-conference connection information is available in the AKTC e-Learning Portal after your registration is processed. You must be logged into Zoom and prepared with a camera and microphone (or a headset) prior to the start of training.

Registration Information

Questions About this Training? Please contact Tom McRoberts, AKTC Training Coordinator, 907-264-6251 or

Need Assistance? Please contact AKTC Support, 907-264-6244 or

Closed Captioning will be available for this live Zoom training.

Registrations are closed

This training event is full. Please email the training coordinator Tom McRoberts