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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Student Training Project

Tennessee’s Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)  Health Professions Student Training Project

The University of Tennessee, College of Social Work will be offering a free SBIRT Training Program, an evidence-based intervention funded by SAMHSA for the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

The project capitalizes on the relationships between the University of Tennessee College of Social Work and healthcare agencies throughout the state to develop and implement a training program to teach Tennessee’s social work students and practicing healthcare professionals to provide evidenced-based screening, brief intervention, brief treatment and referral to specialty treatment for patients with, or at risk for, substance abuse disorders.

It is further intended to promote statewide adoption and practice of SBIRT through the inclusion of currently practicing social workers in the training program and through dissemination of program methodologies and results to Tennessee’s healthcare community.

The program is intended to reduce the problem of substance abuse in the State of Tennessee in a manner that will permit ready adoption of SBIRT throughout the healthcare continuum.

The SBIRT Training includes: Assessment, Brief Treatment & Referral, with the facilitating components of Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Behavioral Change.

For more information contact: Shauna Cook at (865) 974-1707 or email