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Initial Training

When preparing to successfully implement SBIRT, training is beneficial at all levels of a health care organization. From executive administration through clinic support staff, all health care professionals can benefit from an understanding of SBIRT services.  Best practice recommendations suggest that health care professionals who are engaged in the SBIRT process through direct-service (patient interaction) receive 4-8 hours in training in these areas:

  1. Rationale for SBIRT or SBIRT Overview
  2. SBIRT Implementation
  3. Motivational Interviewing or Brief Intervention Training
  4. Drug/Substance Information.

Individuals not involved in direct-roles during the SBIRT process benefit from general knowledge training and organization specific trainings to address modifications of existing procedures. Below is a list of general training needs for the range of positions within a healthcare organization:

  • Organization Administration: Overview of SBIRT and general knowledge on implementation practices.
  • Clinic Management/Medical Directors: Overview of SBIRT and site specific SBIRT operational logistics.
  • Providers/Behavioral Health(Physician, NP,LCSW,LMHC) : Overview of SBIRT, Screening Tools, Brief Intervention/Motivational Interviewing skills training, drug and site specific patient flow/operational logistics.
  • Clinic Staff (PA, RN, LPN, MA, PSA): Patient flow and SBIRT operations.

Follow-up Training and Maintenance

Successful implementation of SBIRT requires on-going maintenance, including on-going training and supervision. Regular reviews of clinical skills used in SBIRT are critical to long term success. This training and review process can be integrated into existing procedures or can be supported with outside assistance. To discuss coaching, supervision or follow-up/advanced training, contact the Indiana SBIRT team.

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