SBIRT in Schools - 12/02/2024

December 2, 2024

How does SBIRT help me reinforce healthy teen behaviors?

Massachusetts law (MGL Chapter 71, Section 97) requires verbal substance use health screenings in public schools. SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is being used as a comprehensive approach to meet this mandate. This course introduces learners to school SBIRT program implementation and best practices in screening, reinforcing healthy choices, and intervening when students report substance use behaviors.

This course includes both live Zoom and online training content.  Health professionals seeking contact hours and nurses seeking licensure as school nurses must complete all components of this course.

  • The first online lesson of this course describes the impact of substance use on teens, regulatory requirements for conducting verbal substance use screenings in schools, and key elements of the SBIRT in Schools program. The second online lesson provides an overview of Motivational Interviewing and how it is used to enhance conversations about behavior change.
  • The live Zoom session introduces learners to SBIRT skills including screening, providing positive reinforcement, conducting brief negotiated interviews using Motivational Interviewing principles, and making referrals.

Target Audience

  • This course is designed for school health professionals (nurses, social workers, counselors, psychologists) who will be engaged in conducting SBIRT screening in their schools or districts.
  • This is one of four training workshops mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in order to be licensed as a School Nurse.
  • This training is not intended for paraprofessionals.

Learning Objectives

After completing the full course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of substance use on teens 
  • Utilize the state-approved verbal substance use screening tool 
  • Summarize the elements of the REACT model (for students who do not report substance use or screen negative) 
  • Summarize the elements of the Brief Negotiated Interview (for students who do report substance use, or screen positive) 
  • Identify statewide referral resources 
  • Describe school team members' roles in creating an effective screening program 
  • Describe why MI is an effective counseling style when working with individuals with substance use 
  • Describe how the components of the Spirit of MI facilitate conversations about change 
  • Comply with MA regulatory requirements to implement a school-based verbal substance use screening program
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.75 ANCC
  • 4.75 Social Work (ACE)
  • 4.75 Participation
Course opens: 
07/01/2024
Course expires: 
06/30/2025
Event starts: 
12/02/2024 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
12/02/2024 - 3:15pm EST
Course Length
Content Duration
Self-Paced Activityapproximately 140 mins (~2.4 hours)
Zoom session2 hours and 15 minutes

 

Hybrid (Zoom portion)
United States

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Accredited Continuing Education activities to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies. This information is disclosed to all activity participants prior to the start of the educational activity. Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine has procedures to mitigate all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices is being discussed. 

In accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, all relevant financial relationships that faculty, planners, authors, and anyone who may be in control of content have with ineligible companies have been mitigated.

None of the speakers or planners or anyone in control of content for this accredited continuing educational activity have any relevant financial relationships since the content does not relate to any products or services of an ACCME-defined ineligible company; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose or mitigate.

Planners

Alissa Cruz, MPH

Beverly Heinze-Lacey, MPH, BSN, RN (nurse planner)

 As Director of Boston University’s School Health Institute for Education and Leadership Development (SHIELD), Beverly is responsible for professional development programming for school health professionals statewide. Formerly, as the SBIRT in Schools Program Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Public School Health Services, she provided training and consultation to local school districts in implementing SBIRT screening programs. As a former School Nurse and School Nurse Leader, she has extensive experience in managing local school health programs. She has worked as a clinical research nurse and HIV/AIDS epidemiologist and has coordinated a variety of public health and clinical research initiatives.

Avery Hines, MSN, RN, NCSN (planner, reviewer)

Assistant Director to School Health Unit, MDPH

Faculty

Alexandra Heinz, LCSW, MPH

Alex Heinz is a trainer for the MASBIRT Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program at Boston Medical Center. Her past experience includes seven years of direct service provision in the non-profit sector with youth and adults in areas of intimate partner violence, sexual health, mental health, substance use, and infectious disease. She has master’s degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Boston University. Throughout her career, Alex has gained valuable skills in training, health education, group facilitation, and public speaking. Prior to working with MASBIRT TTA, Alex was a Medical Case Manager for the Hepatitis C Clinic in the Boston Medical Center Adult Primary Care practice.

Caroline Hone, MPH

Caroline Hone is a trainer for the MASBIRT Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program at BMC. She has five years of experience working with middle and high school students in out-of-school-time educational programs in Boston. Caroline has a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Boston College and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Public Health, with a focus in health communication, at Boston University. Caroline is passionate about ensuring youth have the information and support to make their own healthy choices.

CME/CNE Program Manager: Lesly Zapata, MPH

Jointly Accredited Provider with Commendation LogoNursing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nursing Contact Hours: 4.75 contact hours, of which 0 are eligible for pharmacology credit.

Social Work Education Credit

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine 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 under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 4.75 general continuing education credits.
 

SHIELD is a DESE-approved provider for PDPs. PDP certificates are issued for programs/series lasting 10 or more hours on a topic. CNE certificates are also issued for eligible courses. Learners may use CNE certificates toward PDPs.

Course Release Date:7/1/2020
Material Reviewed:6/22/2021; 6/24/2022; 6/28/2022; 7/01/2024
Course Expiration Date:6/30/2025

Available Credit

  • 4.75 ANCC
  • 4.75 Social Work (ACE)
  • 4.75 Participation
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