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Screening, Brief, Intervention Referral Training to be Held at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital is hosting the next Screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment or SBIRT training for all interested staff from regional trauma centers, emergency departments, and primary health and mental health care centers. The free one-day training is a series of   workshops to enhance skills to conduct interviewing, screening and referral services for alcohol and other drug problems with patients in trauma centers, emergency departments, primary health settings as well as being effective when applied in a social model and with educators. Beth Ritkowski the associate director of training for the UCLA integrated substance abuse program says they teach a set of strategies that can be applied in daily activities with people struggling with drug and alcohol abuse.

“What we do is we teach a set of strategies that can be readily applied and really practiced for all kinds of people. We teach using a motivational approach with our clients to meet them where they’re at and identify if there are any issues that they might be dealing with that would cause them to have issues with alcohol or drug use.”

Screening and brief intervention have been shown to reduce future re-injury and or re-hospitalization. The training will be Friday December 9th with registration at 8am and the training from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon in the outpatient center in the 2nd floor conference rooms at 155 Glasson Way in Grass Valley. Parking is free. Call Charlotte Bullen by Friday December 2nd to RSVP at (310) 267-5408.

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