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SBIRT Training: An Introduction to Substance Use, Screening and Response for Social Workers

Total Credits: 7 including 7 Category I CE

M. Aisling Martin, MSSW
8 Hours



*Please note: It is mandatory to attend the entire sessions in order to receive credit. 

Data indicates that in 2020, 40.3 million Americans aged 12 and older had a substance use disorder.  This number has been rising over the years and as a chronic disease, substance use disorders need to be identified and addressed across healthcare settings and not just in specialized treatment environments. While organizations such as the World Health Organization, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), and U.S. Preventative Services Task Force all recommend implementation of SBIRT, widespread adoption of the evidenced-based framework has been slow.

As trusted professionals working in various settings, social workers are well-positioned to complete SBIRT. This training will provide participants with an understanding of the SBIRT framework, including how to integrate and implement the SBIRT components in their work setting. Participants will also gain knowledge of motivational interviewing and understand the application of motivational interviewing techniques in the completion of the brief intervention.

Join experts from Mosaic Group as they share trusted, proven, and valuable tools to successfully implement this evidence-based framework.



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Aisling has over a decade of experience working to expand access to behavioral health services for disenfranchised populations, including foster youth, immigrants and refugees, and families impacted by intergenerational trauma and poverty. As a Peace Corps volunteer, Aisling developed specialized programs in Ecuador for survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking. More recently, she worked on Capitol Hill, where she had the opportunity to work on legislation geared towards improving access to mental health services. Aisling received a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, with a specialization in public policy and international social welfare. As a social worker, she brings a deep understanding of the systemic and social barriers that influence health outcomes and uses her skills to help organizations address critical social issues.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


Day One

8:15 am Registration
  • Review of objectives
  • Substance use prevalence: Identifying the problem
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and Social Determinants of Health: Implications of substance use
  • Substance use disorder (SUD) as a chronic disease
  • Stigma and the impact on access to care
10:30    Break
  • Introduction to SBIRT:
    •    What is SBIRT
    •  Discussion of the evidenced based framework
    • Value of screening in healthcare
    • Role of the social worker in screening
12:30  Lunch
  • Introduction to screening:
    • Validated tools
    •  How to complete screening with fidelity
    • Interpretation of screening results
    • Risk stratification and integration with healthcare services



2:30 Break
2:45 Role Play: Screening
4:30  Closing & Evaluation


Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the prevalence of substance use in the United States
  • Describe Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and their impact on substance use disorders (SUD)
  • Recall the chronic disease model and the application of SUD
  • Name at least 3 stigma related to SUD and the impact on access to care
  • Apply the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment) framework and the value of this Evidence-based Practice in clinical settings

Live Interactive Webinar Platforms




The Office of Continuing Professional Education hosts Live Interactive Webinars through two platforms: Zoom and WebEx.

Both platforms offer high quality and user-friendly webinar platforms for our registrants.


System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

Our system is not compatible with the Safari web browser.

  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

**Please have your device charging at all times to ensure that your device does not lose power during the webinar.


Course Interaction Requirements:

To participate in Live Interactive Webinars, you MUST have a device that allows you to view the presentation on screen and hear the instructor at all times. We do not allow participants to call-in from their phones or mobile devices and solely listen to the presentation. Participation in Live Interactive Webinars is mandatory.

Course Completion & CE Information


Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 6 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.


ASWB Approved

Course completion requirements: To earn CE credit, social workers must log in at the scheduled time, attend the entire course, and complete the online course evaluation located in your account. After the online course evaluation is completed, you are then able to download your certificate. Partial Credit will not be given for participants who arrive late or leave early.


Unversity of Maryland School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Professional Education, provider #1611, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UMSSW Office of CPE maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/11/2021 to 02/11/2024. Social workers participating in this course receive 6 continuing education credits.


Please refer to the tab "Live Interactive Webinar Policies & FAQs" for UMSSW Office of CPE policies regarding all live interactive webinar related matters.

Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

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