Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Substance Use A Practitioner's Guide

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Pub. Date: 2020-07-14
Publisher(s): American Psychological Association
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This book provides an introduction for psychologists to screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT), an evidence‑based approach to identifying and treating substance use across a variety of behavioral health care settings and client populations.

SBIRT has proven to be an efficient, cost effective way to identify harmful substance use and related problems and enhance individuals' motivation to change their behavior. Chapters present overviews of screening tools and approaches to brief intervention appropriate for diverse target populations; concrete steps for implementing SBIRT in a range of practice settings; and recommendations for training, advocacy, and policy. Psychologists who learn and implement SBIRT will be better equipped to meet the needs of their clients and help address the public health problem of substance use in this country.

The aim of this book is to attend to psychologists' reluctance to address substance use with their clients. By engaging clients in proactive, open-minded conversations on this topic, providers can help lower the rates of harmful substance use.

Author Biography

M. Dolores Cimini, PhD is a licensed psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Cimini has led research-to-practice translation projects for three decades with over $9 million in grant support. She created the STEPS Comprehensive Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention Program, which has earned multiple awards for best practices and innovation in behavioral healthcare. Dr. Cimini is Past Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI). She lives in Albany, New York.
Jessica L. Martin, PhD is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. In addition to conducting research on substance use training for psychologists and dissemination and implementation of substance use preventive interventions, Dr. Martin investigates social, cultural, and contextual risk and protective factors associated with health-related behaviors among college students. She is also interested in substance use training for psychologists. Dr. Martin currently chairs the Education and Training Committee for the Society of Addiction Psychology (Division 50, APA), and is a member of several journal editorial boards. She lives in Malta, New York. Visit

Table of Contents

Part I: SBIRT Tools and Techniques
1. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT): An Efficacious Public Health Approach to Substance Use Prevention and Treatment
2. Approaches to Screening for Alcohol Misuse in Primary Healthcare
3. Screening and Intervention for Tobacco Use
4. Motivational Interviewing and SBIRT
5. Approaches to Brief Interventions
Part II: SBIRT in Different Healthcare Settings and with Diverse Populations
6. SBIRT in Medical and Integrated Care Settings
7. SBIRT in College and University Settings: Unique Challenges and Opportunities
8. SBIRT for Adolescents: Strategies, Opportunities, and Challenges
9. SBIRT for Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations: State of the Science and Implications for Adaptation
10. SBIRT for Older Adults: Lessons Learned from the Florida BRITE Project
Part III. New Frontiers in SBIRT
11. Using Technology for Training in and the Delivery of SBIRT
12. SBIRT for Cannabis Use: Improving Clinical Competencies for a Changing Cultural Landscape
13. Integrating SBIRT Training into Graduate Programs for Mental Health Service Providers
14. The Role of Public Policy in Advancing SBIRT Implementation and Dissemination

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