SBIRT Brief Interventions

Session 5: SBIRT Brief Interventions

This session will review and demonstrate brief interventions and self-evaluation tool.

Total Time: 50 minutes

Provider Evaluation

Please Note: The below evaluation is for Providers Only. Nurses & Social Workers will complete their evaluation at the end of session 7.



  1. Describe brief interventions for high-risk use and problem-use using the FERNSS approach (Feedback, Education, Recommendation, Negotiation, Secure concrete agreement, Set follow-up) and basic principles of motivational interviewing
  2. Explain and demonstrate how to help patients design personalized behavior change plans (behavior change planning)
  3. Conduct brief interventions for high-risk use and problem use, scoring satisfactorily on a skills checklist


This course is intended for care teams seeking to implement an approach to address substance use and alcohol use disorders through the Screening, Brief Interventions, and the Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) process.


Richard Brown, MD, MPH

Retired Full Professor with Tenure, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. He educated more than 2,000 UW health professions and participated in a program to evaluate the effectiveness of SBIRT in eight southeastern Wisconsin high schools. He served as Clinical Director for the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL) helping 40 general healthcare settings provide over 110,000 alcohol and drug screens and 25,000 interventions and elicit substantial declines in risky and problem drinking, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and healthcare costs. Dr. Brown was president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) and a founding director of Project MAINSTREAM, a federally funded program that enhanced substance abuse education for over 10,000 trainees. After leaving the UW in 2017, Dr. Brown served as a senior medical director and director of population health management for ConcertoHealth, which improved outcomes and reduced healthcare costs for complex, dual-eligible and Medicare Advantage patients.

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FREE for members; FREE for non-members

This training is made available through a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education Credit Available: Providers, Nurses, & Social Workers

Session Contact Hours: 0.75

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: No one with the ability to control content of this activity has a relevant financial relationship with an ineligible company.

Criteria for Successful Completion: 

  • Nurses & Social Workers:  Nurses & Social Workers must listen to all sessions and complete and submit the post training evaluation after the last session for the entire course.  The entire course must be completed by November 30, 2025.
  • Providers: Providers must listen to each session and complete and submit the post session evaluation for each session to be awarded credit and receive their continuing education certificate.

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