SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Substance Abuse

Free, Online, Self-Paced

Contributors: Michael McCunniff, DDS, MS and Catherine Boles, RDH, MS

Date: Ongoing
Course Number: 1912
Tuition: Free
Credits: 3.5 ADA-Recognized Hours
Audience: Dentists, physicians, nurses, social workers, health educators, and counselors

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Course Overview:

25% or more of your patients will benefit from you talking to them about their alcohol or drug use, which impacts oral health and overall physical health. By using the tools and knowledge acquired from the SBIRT course, you can further patient conversations about substance use and make a lifelong impact. SBIRT for alcohol use is increasingly required or recommended by groups such as the Joint Commission, US Preventive Services Task Force, American College of Surgeons, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, and Veterans Health Administration.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the SBIRT process and the value of this evidence-based, public health practice across health, oral health, and behavioral health settings
  • Perform pre- and full screenings for substance use and determine a patient’s level of risk
  • Implement the four steps of a brief intervention using the spirit of Motivational Interviewing
  • Examine strategies for effectively referring patients to addiction treatment and recovery supports when appropriate

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Visit to begin the FREE, self-paced online course. Continuing education is available for dentists, physicians, nurses, social workers, health educators, and counselors. Start the course now to impact patient lives.

Content Contributors:

Michael McCunniff, DDS, MS

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dental Public Health and Behavioral Science
UMKC School of Dentistry

 Catherine Boles, RDH, MS
Assistant Professor
UMKC School of Dentistry

For additional information or to register, call 816-235-2142.