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Soc Work Health Care. 2017 May-Jun;56(5):412-434. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2017.1290010. Epub 2017 Mar 16.

A postgraduation follow-up of social work students trained in "SBIRT": Rates of usage and perceptions of effectiveness.

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a Social Work Department , Lehman College, City University of New York , Bronx , New York , USA.


Screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based modality that can help social workers work with substance-using clients as part of an integrated health care approach. This study reports the findings of a post-graduation one-year follow-up survey of 193 master's and bachelor's social work students trained in SBIRT in practice courses at a Northeast urban college. Forty-three percent of the trainees who were practicing social work after graduation were using SBIRT. A content analysis of participants' comments found that the vast majority found SBIRT to be a valuable practice modality, with barriers to utilization of SBIRT identified.


Alcohol; SBIRT; drugs; evidence-based practice; integrated health care; social work students

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