For the past three years, Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the Stritch School of Medicine have been training students, faculty and community members through the SBIRT@LUC Training Program. This program focuses on interprofessional collaboration from all three schools to provide training on the screening, brief intervention, referral and treatment (SBIRT) model, tools, and protocols, as well as motivational interviewing techniques. The SBIRT@LUC Training Program is addressing the pressing need to expand curricula and experiences on substance use and addiction, specifically among diverse populations.
Each year a cohort of 30+ students from social work, nursing and medicine come together for advanced interprofessional training and receive a Certificate of Advanced Brief Interventions for Substance Abuse among Minority Communities (CABISAM) through practice with simulated patients, followed by direct practice with clients in the community while collaborating with health professionals and staff from partner agencies such as Catholic Charities and Loyola Center for Health at Elmwood Park. The semester-long training program provides the opportunity to learn from students in different professions, gain experience working as part of interprofessional team, and observe different approaches to client care and treatment. The final step in completing the program is for interprofessional teams of students to create and present a poster on implementing SBIRT at the annual conference attended by community-based professionals, faculty and students and held at Loyola. The SBIRT@LUC Training Program and CABISAM is supported through funding provided by SAMHSA and Loyola’s Institute for Transformative Interprofessional Education (I-TIE).