Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

CABISAM Training Program

The Certificate on Advanced Brief Interventions for Substance Abuse among Minority populations (CABISAM) is issued as part of the SBIRT@LUC Training Program by the Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education (I-TIE) at Loyola University Chicago. This certificate program provides a great opportunity for students to gain advanced experience in the SBIRT model and motivational interviewing skills. The CABISAM Training Program is for students in the schools of social work, nursing and medicine and includes the following components: 1. An all-day SBIRT and motivational interviewing training including simulated patients, 2. Client practice through interprofessional teams located at community based agencies and clinic locations; 3. Online trainings through SAMHSA and KOGNITO; 4. Presentations at the annual SBIRT@LUC conference.

Please check back for details on the 2019 CABISAM Application process. More details can be found here.


On January 20, 2018, members of CABISAM Cohort 2, including thirty-three students from the LUC School of Social Work, Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Neihoff School of Nursing, participated in the CABISAM Training Day at the Water Tower Campus.

The students trained in inter-professional teams and worked collaboratively throughout the entire CABISAM program as they were introduced to various components of the SBIRT@LUC Training Program, the SBIRT model, motivational interviewing (MI) and brief negotiated interview (BNI). Jenna Theilgaard, MSW, a LUC/SSW alumna and member of CABISAM Cohort 1 provided information regarding the language, symptoms, and effects of alcohol and drug use. 

Dr. Lyle Cooper, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at Meharry Medical College, in Nashville, Tennessee has worked in the field of substance abuse and/or co-occurring mental health disorders since 1997. Dr. Cooper presented information about opioids, MI, unique settings, and his experiences. He is an active researcher and provides technical support and assistance to SAMSHA grant recipients across the U.S.

An inter-professional panel of CABISAM Cohort 1 alumni, along with faculty from the three schools discussed the inter-professional benefits of SBIRT, MI and BNI. CABISAM students also had the opportunity to practice their SBIRT/MI/BNI skills with simulated patients and process their successes and challenges. The training day offers CABSIAM students an opportunity to establish inter-professional relationships, learn and practice SBIRT/MI/BNI skills and ultimately prepare for CABISAM practice site experiences.

Below are photos from the first CABISAM Training Day with Cohort 1 that took place on February 25, 2017.