Free 12-Hour SBIRT Trainings to be Offered Locally

The North Country Initiative will soon be offering free, 12-hour SBIRT trainings. SBIRT stands for “Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.”

Participants will gain the knowledge and ability to implement SBIRT — a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are at risk of developing these disorders.

Trainings focus on screening procedures to identify risk; key motivational interviewing concepts and brief intervention; and referral to treatment for patients with more serious alcohol use-related problems.

  • Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of treatment.
  • Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change.
  • Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.

In Jefferson County, a training will be held on Thursday, August 29, and Friday, August 30, in the Pivot Conference Room, 167 Polk St. (the Marcy Building), Watertown.

In St. Lawrence County, a training will be held on Thursday, September 12, and Friday, September 13, at Seaway Valley Prevention Council, 206 Ford St., Suite 301, Ogdensburg.

Registration at both locations will begin at 8:30 a.m. and both trainings will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each day. Participants must attend both days in either location for certification.

SBIRT trainings are open to all regional partners in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, but preference will be given to NCI PPS partners.

Sign up by clicking here. The deadline for registration is 5 p.m. on Friday, August 16th. For more information, contact Pat Fontana at 315-755-0720.

SBIRT Trainings Flyer

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