The U.S. Surgeon General’s recent report, “Facing Addiction in America”, shows that 20.8 million people in the United States are affected with substance abuse disorders and a doubling of youth overdose fatalities in 35 states over the past ten years. The report calls on academic and healthcare professionals to incorporate Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into their routine practice to promote early identification and intervention.
Kognito, a health simulation company, and NORC at the University of Chicago have partnered with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW), and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to engage social work and nursing schools and their accrediting bodies to develop and disseminate an interactive, competency-based substance use SBIRT curriculum. Our webinar panel shared their experience implementing the interactive curriculum and the online simulation, SBI with Adolescents, in social work education. The panel also shared insights garnered from student feedback.