Preparing Future and Current Health Professionals to Address Substance Use in Our Communities

Thursday, May 17th

1:00 - 1:45 PM EST

Addressing opioid use and misuse has become a national priority, and it is critical to prepare health professionals and students to address this epidemic. Yet there are few opportunities for health professionals to learn and practice how to manage the care of patients who use substances.

In this webinar, we’ll discuss some of the barriers to training the US health workforce, and share research on innovative simulation technology that enables effective and scalable education. Loyola University will discuss a current initiative using the simulation platform to train current and future health professionals in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).

Participants in this webinar will learn about:

  • Health professionals’ lack of preparedness and confidence to manage patients’ substance use
  • The SBIRT model of substance use assessment and intervention
  • Efficacy data on an SBIRT training platform offering practice in navigating interactions with virtual patients
  • Loyola University School of Social Work’s large-scale collaborative effort to train health professionals in the SBIRT model, and research outcomes of the project

Who Should Attend:

  • Healthcare professionals and administrators
  • Faculty and program directors in social work, nursing, medicine, and other health professions
  • Training and workforce development professionals
  • Federal, state and local agency officials


About Our Presenters

Glenn Albright, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Director of Research, Kognito

John Orwat, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago

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Dr. Albright’s passion for learning and its application in the fields of health and behavioral health fuel his research activities at Kognito. Dr. Albright leads a team of researchers at Kognito in evaluating the efficacy of its immersive learning and assessment role-play simulations to bring about sustained behavior changes in the areas of social, emotional, and physical health. His research involves integrating empirically-based findings drawn from neuroscience such as emotional regulation, mentalizing, and empathy, as well as components of social cognitive learning models including motivational interviewing and adult learning theory. He is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from The City University of New York in the area of experimental cognition with concentrations in neuropsychology and applied psychophysiology. Dr. Albright is the former Chair of the Department of Psychology at Baruch College of the City University of New York and has received distinguished teaching awards at both Baruch and New York University. He is actively involved in publishing and presents at numerous conferences addressing how game-based role-play simulations can cost-effectively support public health initiatives. These initiatives are focused on bringing about positive changes in behavior and are designed to impact large numbers of geographically dispersed people comprised of vulnerable populations.
Dr. John Orwat is Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches courses in health policy and behavioral health policy and is the PI on the [email protected] (a SAMHSA funded interprofessional training grant) and served as PI on a recently funded HRSA training grant related to interprofessional approaches to integrating behavioral health into primary care settings. He obtained his PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management and an AM from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Dr. Orwat has over 20 years of clinical, administrative, and research experience with local and national groups such as the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, American Health Information Management Association, HRSA, SAMHSA, and several local community agencies. Current work has a focus on actionable health services research that contributes to both academic literature as well as the delivery of services within local community and health care organizations.​​

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