SBIRT – Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

What is SBIRT?

While SBIRT is often something that health professionals are trained it, it can be extremely beneficial for faith leaders to have this training as well. It helps you know what questions to ask so that you know if and when to refer someone for treatment. SAMHSA has a lot different SBIRT trainings linked to their site.

IRETA has an SBIRT 101 course that is free or offers continuing education credits. While some of it seems to be geared toward health care professionals, it is suitable for anyone, so it is appropriate for faith leaders to take. This is a good overview of SBIRT and how to use certain tools and walk through the process with people. It is very important to remember that this is NOT diagnosing someone, it is simply assessing risk. It is also very important to remember that some people do need and want formalized treatment, and this is where the referral piece comes in.

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