Effects and Durability of an SBIRT Training Curriculum for First-Year MSW Students

Joan M. Carlson, Jon Agley, Ruth A. Gassman, Angela M. McNelis, Rhonda Schwindt, Julie Vannerson, David Crabb, Khadija Khaja

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Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based process for identification, prevention, and treatment of alcohol misuse. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an alcohol-focused training on first-year MSW students’ (n = 71) knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about SBIRT. Changes in item means were assessed using repeated-measures analysis of variance (critical α =.002). Data indicated a significant and strong main effect for training; perceived competence improved immediately and remained significantly higher 30 days posttraining. Other improvements included knowing what questions to ask patients, ease making alcohol-related statements, and believing that it is rewarding to work with at-risk patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-149
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017



  • alcohol
  • attitudes
  • beliefs
  • knowledge
  • social work students
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation

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Carlson, J. M., Agley, J., Gassman, R. A., McNelis, A. M., Schwindt, R., Vannerson, J., Crabb, D., & Khaja, K. (2017). Effects and Durability of an SBIRT Training Curriculum for First-Year MSW Students. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 17(1-2), 135-149. https://doi.org/10.1080/1533256X.2017.1304946