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Utilizing Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in Social Work Education: Teaching Prospective Social Work Practitioners to Assess Substance Use
American Journal of Public Health (2012)
  • Victoria Osborne, Sacred Heart University
  • Kalea Benner, University of Missouri - Columbia
Abstract
Although social workers regularly encounter clients with substance use problems, social work education rarely addresses addictions with any depth. This pilot study explored the use of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) with 74 social work students. Students completed SBIRT training with pre- and post-questionnaires that assessed attitudes, knowledge, and skills concerning substance misuse. Statistically significant differences were demonstrated with students reporting more confidence in their ability to successfully assess for alcohol misuse and subsequently intervene.
Keywords
  • substance abuse,
  • education,
  • screening,
  • intervention,
  • referrals,
  • SBIRT,
  • assessment
Publication Date
July 1, 2012
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Osborne, V.A., Benner, K. (2012). Utilizing Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in Social Work Education: Teaching Prospective Social Work Practitioners to Assess Substance Use. American Journal of Public Health, 102(7), e37-e38. Retrieved from http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300639 OR at SHU Osborne, V.A., Benner, K. (2012). Utilizing Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in Social Work Education: Teaching Prospective Social Work Practitioners to Assess Substance Use. American Journal of Public Health, 102(7), e37-e38. Retrieved from http://0-search.ebscohost.com.enterprise.sacredheart.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ccm&AN=104471609&site=eds-live&scope=site