Nov 14 2019
Nov 14 2019: 1:00pm–4:15pm

Introduction to SBIRT

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.


Chris Dorval, MSW, LICSW LCDP, LCDCS, ICADC holds the position of clinical director at Northeast Addiction Treatment Center and is currently the project coordinator for Rhode Island College School of Social Work SBIRT Training and Resource Center. A licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW), licensed drug and alcohol counselor (LADC), and a licensed chemical dependency clinical supervisor (LCDCS), Dorval graduated from Rhode Island College with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical social work (MSW). Dorval has been a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and clinical consultant in the areas of in addiction, trauma, and men’s health, as well as, having worked as a clinician and clinical supervisor in various levels of care in addiction treatment. Dorval is an adjunct faculty member at Rhode Island College in the school of social work, and has been a frequent guest lecturer on addiction, trauma, and men’s health at Rhode Island College in the political science department, nursing, and psychology departments, as well as, Brown University in both The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the School of Public Health.

Dorval is on faculty for the Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) in connection with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dorval has extensive training in trauma informed care, treating co-occurring trauma and addiction, and is committed to helping others in their own personal journeys in recovery. Dorval has specialty training in multiple trauma-focused therapies Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Technique, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). In 2018, Dorval was the recipient of the Social Worker of the Year Award in Addictions from the Rhode Island chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. As a person in long-term recovery himself, Dorval is passionate about working with those affected by addiction and trauma and has dedicated his practice to this focus. As a father, husband, son, and friend Dorval believes in developing healthy family and interpersonal relationships and addressing the underlying issues driving a person’s symptoms are essential to sustained recovery.


Unhealthy alcohol and other drug use are among the most common causes of preventable morbidity and mortality. As health care moves to integrate behavioral health services within primary care settings, social workers are called upon to be familiar and adept with screening for and addressing unhealthy substance use. SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) is a screening and intervention tool that focuses on the one in five people who may use alcohol or drugs in unhealthy ways but who do not have a substance use disorder (i.e., abuse, dependence). Research shows that people in this category successfully change their use with feedback and brief intervention counseling, using SBIRT methodology. 

This three hour workshop will review the: 

  • substance use continuum 
  • evidence for SBIRT 
  • components of SBIRT 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the training, participants will: 

  1. Describe the rationale and evidence for SBIRT in healthcare settings.
  2. Indicate validated screening tools for unhealthy substance use. 
  3. Describe each SBIRT component: screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment. 
  4. Recognize screening results by providing a brief intervention, using the Brief Negotiated Interview (BNI).


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Three CE Hours/Credits (see below) 
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered 


  • Program fee: $59 
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, November 13.
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.

Register online

To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.  

Continuing Education Hours/Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This presentation has ben reviewed and approved by Rhode Island College School of Social Work as Continuing Educaotn for Social Work. (3 CEU)
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.