The Foundations of SBIRT Self-Paced, Online Course

Course Outline

Foundations of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

The 1.5 hour self-paced, online course is designed to introduce key terms, topics, and resources essential to SBIRT. SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment for persons with substance use disorders, as well as those who are risk of developing these disorders. The course provides an introduction to SBIRT, including the rationale for and efficacy of implementation in various settings. The 4-part course can help to inform interested professionals about the importance of incorporating SBIRT activities into substance use disorder prevention and treatment systems.

The four learning modules include:

  • Module 1: What is SBIRT?
  • Module 2: Rationale for Adopting and Implementing SBIRT
  • Module 3: Barriers and Support for Implementation
  • Module 4: Where Do We Go From Here?

Register for this New e-Learning Opportunity

To register for this course, go to and scroll down to the Foundations of SBIRT section. Click on the link to complete an online enrollment form (the word “here” is hyperlinked). You will receive an email from the ATTC National Office with your login and enrollment information approximately 24 hours after you complete registration. Once you have your login information, you will be able to begin the course.

Cost of Course

  • FREE – to take the course and earn a certificate of completion
  • FREE – to take the course and receive a CA-based continuing education (CE) certificate (**CA Residents Only)
  • $7.50 – to take the course and receive 1.5 contact hour units from both NAADAC and NBCC

The World of SBIRT Blog

The World of SBIRT blog was developed by the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Over the years, we have provided SBIRT-related training to professionals in a variety of settings. Our goal in creating this site is to highlight some of the training resources that may meet differing needs. And, perhaps most importantly, we wish to help foster a sense of community and robust discussion so that learning does not end when an SBIRT-related training session has been completed. We understand the range of questions and concerns that can arise regarding this topic. We hope that you will use this forum to share your experiences and raise thoughtful inquiries to further the substance use disorder field.

Funding for Foundations of SBIRT and the World of SBIRT was made possible, in part, by a special project supplement to cooperative agreement 5UD1TI013594-09 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Additional support provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (MH-010054) and UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs.