Module 1: Overview and Rationale: Screening and Brief Intervention


This module will give the participant a thorough understanding of SBIRT using the WHO ASSIST protocol.

The aims of this module are to provide answers to the following questions:

  • Does screening and brief intervention for alcohol and other substance misuse meet the prerequisites for a public health approach to substance use disorders?
  • What is the research base for screening and brief intervention?

Objectives: Upon completion of this module, participants will learn:

  • What screening and brief intervention is and why it is important from a public health perspective
  • How the ASSIST screening test was developed
  • The evidence base for screening and brief intervention
  • Why screening with the ASSIST is useful to detect problematic substance use
  • The problems related to different levels of substance use and types of substances

Course Delivery: Online self-paced course, open enrollment.  Training materials include one video and readings.

Training Materials

Training Video: SBIRT Module I Training Video (Please use Internet Explorer for the best viewing experience.)

Supplementary Readings:


Knowledge Quiz: To test your comprehension, please complete the 5-question Knowledge Quiz after viewing the Training Video and studying the accompanying materials. You are required to complete this Knowledge Quiz if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are completing these Modules for Certificate of Completion
  • You are completing these Modules as a pre-requisite to an in-person, skills-building session conducted by the SBIRT Training Academy