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.

CABISAM Training Program 2019 Application

The SBIRT@LUC Training Program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) from 2016-2019.  The goal is to increase the number of trained professionals as part of multidisciplinary teams in an effort to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness upon marginalized communities. This is the final year of the grant. 

The Certificate of Advanced Brief Interventions for Substance Abuse among Minority Communities (CABISAM) is an interprofessional program in which students from nursing, medicine and social work participate in classroom and experiential training in clinical intervention techniques to screen for substance use.  Students will receive training in the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model, Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills and Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI) skills.  

The CABISAM component of the SBIRT@LUC Training Program provides an interprofessional environment for students from the School of Social Work, Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Neihoff School of Nursing to learn the SBIRT model, motivational interviewing and brief negotiated interview skills, practice the skills with simulated patients, utilize the skills with clients/patients in community agencies and health care settings, develop and present a SBIRT Poster Presentation Project at the 3rd Annual SBIRT@LUC Training Program conference and engage in interprofessional dialogue and collaboration. Interprofessional teams (2-4 students) work together throughout the project.  Students receive a certificate of completion from the Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Practice (ITIE). 

 Application to CABISAM is open to 1st year Medical students, 2nd level MSW students, and Bachelor and Graduate Level Nursing and Dietetic students.

Applications are due on: Friday October 19, 2018.

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A three-credit elective course "CABISAM" will be offered in the Spring 2019 semester. The course is for students who want a more comprehensive understanding of, and practice in the SBIRT model, motivational interviewing, the brief negotiated interview and interprofessional practice. Enrollment in the class is not required for participation in the CABISAM program. Students who enroll in the CABISAM elective course for Spring 2019, will also complete the requirements for the CABISAM certificate. For more information about the CABISAM course email Dr. John Orwat at jorwat@luc.edu


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.