Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



counselor training, substance abuse, SBIRT

Subject Area

Addictions Counseling, Counselor Education


Counselors should be proficient in screening for problematic substance use and also demonstrate the ability to provide a brief intervention, when appropriate. As part of a three-year grant project, counselor educators at one institution provided intensive training on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) to clinical mental health counseling students. This SBIRT protocol is designed to promote early detection and effective intervention for clients at risk of developing a substance use disorder. The purpose of this article is to present an in-depth narrative related to the process, content, and pedagogical methods of the training. The authors also address the lessons learned throughout the experience and provide recommendations to core faculty that may plan on incorporating SBIRT into curriculum.



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