Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

SBIRT @ LUC Training Program


About Us

Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and Stritch School of Medicine collaborated on a 3-year (2016-2019) interprofessional training program called the SBIRT@LUC Training Program.

The purpose of the program was to train students, faculty and community based professionals on the SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) model and motivational interviewing techniques through classroom and community-based settings across Chicago.

This grant-funded program was supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in an effort to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness upon marginalized communities, most especially racial/ethnic and LGBTQ populations.

Below you will find contact information for members of our SBIRT@LUC Training Program Interprofessional Development Team and Council of Directors. Additional pages on our website include information on our CABISAM Training Program, Upcoming Trainings and Events, and SBIRT Resources.

The SBIRT Team

Members of the SBIRT@LUC Interprofessional Development Team (IDT) include the following faculty, staff and students:



Email Address

John Orwat, PhD, LCSW

Co-Principal Investigator & School of Social Work - IDT Member


Michael Dentato, PhD, MSW

Co-Principal Investigator & Project Director


Jessica McIntyre, MD, FAAFP

Stritch School of Medicine - IDT Member


Kimberly Oosterhouse, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CNE

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing - IDT Member


Melissa Iverson, MSW, MA

Project Coordinator


Kelly Hendrickson, MSW, ACSW

CABISAM Project Coordinator


Mary Madison, MPA

Liaison to Council of Directors


The Council of Directors       

The SBIRT@LUC Council of Directors is comprised of a group of professionals that work within the greater Chicago community in non-profit organizations, hospitals, health care, mental health care and university settings.

The role of the COD is to:

  1. Advise and assist the SBIRT@LUC project team with curriculum innovation, field placement development, participant recruitment, project sustainability and dissemination of project materials
  2. Review and comment on SBIRT curriculum developed for the three schools, the content of trainings for faculty, field and community partners and identify best practices for referrals
  3. Review applications for the advanced interprofessional student cohort when necessary
  4. Participate in the identification of and outreach to potential interprofessional fieldwork practicum sites
  5. Assist with monitoring progress as the project unfolds
  6. Provide consultation on the forthcoming SBIRT@LUC website content, strategize for expanding SBIRT trainings and coordinate the development of materials in the languages commonly used in varying service areas

Current members of the SBIRT@LUC Council of Directors include: