Adolescent SBIRT in schools of health professions with virtual patients

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December 12th, 2017 1pm - 2pm

Substance use remains one of the largest public health issues facing our society. Promoting the healthy development of all youth means preparing those who care for adolescents to identify and intervene in risky substance use. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the impact of a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) curriculum and findings from evaluations conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and NORC at the University of Chicago. The curriculum includes an online simulation developed by NORC and Kognito, where learners practice SBIRT skills in conversation with realistic virtual patients.

Participants in this webinar will:

  • Learn about the Adolescent SBIRT curriculum and online training program implemented by over 60 schools of nursing and social work throughout the country.
  • Determine how educators can duplicate the planning and implementation process of Adolescent SBIRT training at their own institutions.
  • Review the key learning outcome data from evaluations designed to measure the effects of the training on health professionals’ attitudes and perceptions of confidence, competence, and readiness to navigate substance use conversations with adolescents.

Who Should Attend:

  • Deans of Schools of Social Work
  • Deans of Schools of Nursing
  • Professors of Social Work
  • Professors of Nursing
  • Educators, Field Directors, Preceptors, Program Chairs of Schools of Nursing and Social Work

About Our Presenters

Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, PhD, MPH, LCSW, PIP, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Department of Social Work at University of Alabama at Birmingham

Hildie Cohen, MEd, MA, Research Director at NORC at the University of Chicago 

Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, PhD, MPH, LCSW, PIP, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Department of Social Work at University of Alabama at Birmingham

Tracy L. McPherson, PhD, Senior Research Scientist at Public Health Department of NORC at the University of Chicago

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Hildie Cohen is a Research Director in the Health Sciences Department at NORC at the University of Chicago with significant expertise in project management, research design, reporting, web resource management, and data governance. Hildie joined NORC’s SBIRT Team in the fall of 2015 to assist in project management and in developing additional resources and training materials for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s “Integrating Adolescent SBIRT throughout Social Work and Nursing Education” program. Hildie has a Master’s in Sociology from Northwestern University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Hildie Cohen, MEd, MA, Research Director at NORC at the University of Chicago 

​Tracy L. McPherson is a Senior Research Scientist in the Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Criminal Justice Studies Department. Over the past 13 years, McPherson has led initiatives supported by NIDA, CSAP, NHTSA, NHLBI, SAMSHA, and CDC. She co-leads the Brief Intervention Group (BIG) Initiative aimed at changing the way employee assistance and providers of behavioral healthcare services assess and intervene for substance abuse by adopting evidence-based screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment practices. McPherson is an applied social psychologist and an expert on substance abuse prevention and early intervention who, until deciding to join NORC, has been an Assistant Research Professor at George Washington University Medical Center (GW). Prior to working at GW, she held R&D and training positions in the areas of health and productivity management, substance abuse, and mental health at the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Cornell University and at ISA Associates. Since 2005, McPherson has led workplace substance abuse prevention and treatment research and training programs within “Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems,” a research program at GW supported by grants from Pew Charitable Trusts, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, industry, and various Federal agencies. She also directed the Center for Integrated Behavioral Health Policy. McPherson is a board member and chair of the Knowledge Transfer and Research Committee of the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA). She has presented numerous papers at leading professional meetings; has published over 30 articles, reports and book chapters; and serves as a reviewer for leading journals in workplace behavioral health, health and productivity management, and substance abuse.