SBIRT Training Program at NMSU



Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Health Professionals Training Program

Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)


The purpose of the SBIRT Health Professionals Training Program at NMSU is to meet the needs of vulnerable and underserved populations at risk of substance use disorder by increasing the number of entry level and seasoned health professionals trained in SBIRT in New Mexico.
SBIRT@NMSU is a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort to prepare students in social work, nursing, and counseling to use an integrated behavioral health model that addresses alcohol and substance abuse issues. The project seeks to increase the adoption and practice of SBIRT throughout the social service and health care delivery system by developing a skilled workforce able to serve those who are at risk of a substance use disorder. By training the health professionals that at-risk individuals are more likely to encounter, SBIRT @ NMSU seeks to improve the likelihood that those needing substance abuse services will receive necessary intervention and treatment or obtain referrals to specialty facilities.

The SBIRT Model

SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) is an evidence-based, best practice approach designed to give health care providers knowledge and skills to discuss health behavior changes with their patients. The model include three basic components:
  • Screening – determines the extent and severity of the alcohol/substance abuse. Screening is universal and can occur in any health care setting.
  • Brief Intervention – focuses on increasing insight and awareness and building motivation through structured conversation to address a health related behavior
  • Referral to Treatment – directly links patient with appropriate requested services when needed

Continuing Education Credits

  • February 20th – Integrated Behavioral Health Symposium on SBIRT – Free CEUs available!
In conjunction with the School of Social Work, School of Nursing, and Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, SBIRT @ NMSU will offer regional training for CEU credits to provide practitioners in New Mexico an opportunity to learn the SBIRT model, Motivational Interviewing skills, and strategies for the implementation of SBIRT services into agency practice.
  • The School of Social Work is able to provide continuing education credit for social workers that is accepted by the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners.
  • The CEP Department is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to award continuing education units (CEU) for counselors and psychologists which are accepted by the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board.
  • The School of Nursing is able to provide continuing education credit for nurses that is accepted by the New Mexico Board of Nursing.

Consultation Opportunities

Screening Brief Intervention Referral and Treatment (SBIRT) Model Initiative offers live SBIRT sessions and consultation on incorporating SBIRT into clinical practice. The initiate is a collaborative partnership between: