Quality SBHC providers blend clinical competence and effective collaboration in the education setting. It is a highly skilled and multi-faceted role. To ensure quality of substance use-related care for adolescents, it is imperative that both pre-professional and continuing education programs equip SBHCs accordingly.
Training for providers at all levels (pre-professional and continuing education) should address:
- Adolescent development, as well as adolescent-specific substance use treatment
- Strategies for minimizing stigma related to substance use and mental health conditions
- Appropriate use of standardized screening tools
- Adolescent-specific motivational interviewing strategies
- Concepts of trauma-informed care and their application to adolescent settings
- Strategies for managing vicarious trauma/compassion fatigue
SBHC staff should also receive specific training on school collaboration and integration, grounded in the Alliance’s core competencies. SBHC staff providing SBIRT should receive training on differences between HIPAA, FERPA, and 42 CFR confidentiality protections in school health settings.
In this video, an SBHC provider and administrator discusses developing workflow protocols for SBIRT.
In this video, an SBHC provider and administrator shares strategies for training and support SBHC staff who implement SBIRT.
- Kognito Simulation Training: SBI with Adolescents
- Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum by NORC
- Adolescent SBIRT Curriculum Instructor’s Toolkit by NORC
- SBIRT Training Resources
- Webinar Series: Using SBIRT to Talk to Adolescents about Substance Use
- Adolescent Substance Use and Rx Medication Misuse Course
- Harris B, Shaw B, Lawson H, Sherman B. Barriers to Addressing Adolescent Substance Use: Perceptions of New York School-Based Health Center Providers. Journal of School Health. 2016; 86(2): 96-104.
- Harris BR. Communicating about screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment: Messaging strategies to raise awareness and promote voluntary adoption and implementation among New York school-based health center providers. Substance Abuse. 2016; 37(4): 511-515.