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About OU SBIRT

The OU SBIRT Collaborative, a multi-campus partnership between the Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa campuses, committed to adapting SBIRT into student curriculum to integrate the culture of SBIRT into future providers' scope of practice with the aim to promote a healthier Oklahoma.

The Center for Social Work in Healthcare (CSWH), of the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work, received a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide SBIRT training to over 1600 students in health professional programs including medicine, dentistry, nursing, psychology, and social work throughout the three year grant. 

The OU SBIRT Collaborative has worked closely with the College of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) and Medicine programs, the College of Nursing BSN and MSN programs, the College of Dentistry, and the School of Social Work BSW and MSW programs, to train over 1,100 students as of September 2017. Each program who incorporates SBIRT training, receives individualized cases developed specially for the course in which SBIRT fits into the curriculum of the specific program. After their didactic training, the students take part in a simulation - gaining the experience of performing a brief intervention with a live Standardized Patient (SP). Through this valuable experiential learning, the students also receive verbal feedback from the SP immediately after the brief intervention, and at a later date, more in-depth written feedback.