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

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


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.

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Evidence-Based Practice / education*
  • Evidence-Based Practice / methods
  • Evidence-Based Practice / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening / methods
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivational Interviewing / methods*
  • New England
  • Person-Centered Psychotherapy / education*
  • Person-Centered Psychotherapy / methods
  • Program Evaluation
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Social Work / education*
  • Social Work / methods
  • Social Workers / psychology*
  • Social Workers / statistics & numerical data
  • Substance-Related Disorders / diagnosis
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult