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Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment

  SBIRT Education Resources for EA Professionals

EAPA has endorsed the use of the SBIRT process as a standard of practice for all employee assistance program clients, regardless of presenting concern. The SBIRT process includes screening for risky alcohol or drug use with evidence based screening questions, followed by brief intervention and, when appropriate, referral to treatment and follow-up.

SBIRT screening uses a brief (five minutes or less) but scientifically valid questionnaire, such as the AUDIT-C or AUDIT, to identify whether drinking or drug use could be placing a client at risk for negative consequences. Depending on the results from the screening questions, the EA professional may provide education, advice, motivational interviewing, help with an action plan, and/or referral for treatment. The process also includes appropriate support and follow-up as indicated by the individual circumstances. Use of the SBIRT process has been demonstrated to improve the identification, successful rehabilitation, and productivity of people whose drinking or drug use is or is becoming problematic.

To assist EA professionals and EA network providers in implementing the SBIRT process, EAPA and other organizations have collaborated to produce a FREE online core training course: the EAP and Behavioral Health Professional’s Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention, and Treatment.

This skill-based six-hour training course brings together the tools that EA professionals need to screen EAP clients for unhealthy drinking or drug use. The course also covers how to deliver effective brief interventions, motivate clients at risk to address their substance use, assist them in obtaining appropriate help, and effectively follow-up to support lasting behavioral change.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Screen EAP clients for unhealthy alcohol or drug use with brief, valid questionnaires such as the AUDIT-C and the AUDIT;
  • Deliver effective brief counseling informed by Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive-Behavioral techniques;
  • Link clients to medical or specialty addiction treatment services as needed, and work with physicians and other specialists in ongoing care coordination; and
  • Provide follow-up and recovery supports to help clients to remain productive at work.

Accessing the SBIRT Course

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EAPA members already have an account. Mouse over "my account" and select "login" and use EAPA_your EAPA member number as your username & your last name is your password. For example username: EAPA_009999 and password: Smith.

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If you have problems logging in, please contact support at Phone: 289-695-5400 (Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ET) or e-mail:

To select the SBIRT course, mouse over "My Account" and select "My Content". Use the “Conference” drop down box to select the "The EAP and Behavioral Health Professionals Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment". The page will refresh. Click on the green “Course” icon. You will then find detailed instructions for viewing the eight training segments and obtaining your certificate.

All of the information presented in the 6-hour course is contained in the Learner's Guide.

Additional SBIRT Education

After completing that course, review the specialty webinar topics below if you need to round out your SBIRT knowledge.

Then view additional FREE courses from the SBIRT Webinar Series* (certificate fee applies):

*Certificates are provided for an administrative fee of $35.00. EAPA and NAADAC members receive a $10 discount on the administrative fee. Your certificate will verify 1 PDH/CE contact hour for EACC, CBBS, NAADAC, NBCC. (Participation in 85% or more of session and completed quiz and evaluation is required to earn PDH/CE credit)

You can also purchase the following overview sessions:

History of SBIRT

The BIG (Brief Intervention Group) Initiative began at EAPA's 2009 Annual World EAP Conference in Dallas. The BIG Initiative campaign was dedicated to mobilizing all EAP stakeholders – EA clinicians, EAP companies and employers – to work together to make screening and brief intervention for hazardous alcohol or drug use routine practice for employers across North America by October, 2011.

SBIRT training has been made freely available, with PDH and CE credit from the EACC, NASW, NAADAC, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

EAPA is one of six associations that collaborated to develop the EAP and Behavioral Health Professional's Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment. The six associations are:

  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)
  • NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals
  • Center for Clinical Social Work (CCSW)
  • Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA)
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)


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