The Northwest Leaders in Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral-to-Treatment (NL-SBIRT) Program provides rigorous specialized training for social work, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry students, as well as training for teaching faculty and field supervisors. The program also provides a regional training center for health service practitioners in the Pacific Northwest. Student training is held at the School of Social Work and its field education sites. Training for teaching faculty, field supervisors and community health-service practitioners is held at different regional locations.

The program increases capacity in our regional health and mental health systems for early identification, brief intervention and referral to treatment for individuals at risk of substance use disorders by:

  • Enhancing School of Social Work curriculum with new SBIRT training opportunities.
  • Expanding the training opportunities for the region’s health services workforce by providing SBIRT training to health science students, faculty and staff, and practicing health professionals.
  • Evaluating the SBIRT training to soical work students and regional providers so that improvements are made and the program quality is sustained.

This program is supported through a federally funded training grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Admissions for 2016-2017 academic year is closed.