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SBIRT: Evidence Based Practice to Screen & Provide Brief Interventions to Substance Misusing Client
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When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017
6:00 pm- 9:00 pm
Where: NASW NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York 10004
United States
Presenter: Evan Senreich, Ph.D.

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This three-hour workshop will offer a combination of didactic and experiential learning regarding SBIRT. Attendees will first learn and practice using pre-screening and screening tools to assess clients’ level of problem alcohol and drug use. They will then learn and practice the basic principles and techniques of motivational interviewing to utilize when engaging in the brief intervention and referral processes of SBIRT.  Participants will therefore not only learn to use SBIRT, but will also gain practice using motivational interviewing skills.  This workshop will include discussion on how to use SBIRT with clients of different ages with many different issues.


At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:


  • 1) Participants will understand when and how to utilize SBIRT as a universal protocol in nearly all fields of social work practice.


  • 2) Participants will be able to accurately assess clients’ level of substance misuse using the appropriate pre-screening and screening tools effectively.


  • 3) Participants will learn the basic principles of motivational interviewing in order to provide effective brief interventions and referrals for clients with alcohol and drug problems.

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is an evidence-based protocol based on motivational interviewing principles, whose purpose is to assess clients for substance misuse and to provide brief interventions for them if these issues are present.  Originally developed for use by physicians and nurses as a universal procedure in health care settings, the United States federal government is now advocating that social workers use SBIRT in nearly all fields of practice.


Studies have indicated that SBIRT is particularly effective in reducing levels of alcohol consumption for people who drink at moderate to high-risk levels.  Research regarding the benefits of SBIRT for drug users and individuals with severe alcohol use disorder has been more equivocal.  However, a major strength of SBIRT is that it offers a respectful step-by-step person-centered approach to intervening with clients regarding their alcohol and drug use that is highly consonant with the values of the social work profession.


Dr. Senreich, PhD graduated from the 4-year training program at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in New York City in 1994.  He has taught classes at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in their psychoanalytic program, as well as taught Gestalt therapy courses at New York University Silver School of Social Work. A recent article of Dr. Senreich’s, “A Gestalt Approach to Social Work Practice” was published in Smith College Studies in Social Work in 2014 (Volume 85, pp. 55-75). He has presented Gestalt therapy workshops at a number of national and local social work conferences, including one at the annual NASW Addictions Institute.


3 CE Contact Hours



All refund requests must be submitted by email to . Valid requests must be received no later than five days prior to course date. 


All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee. Credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop. Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

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