SBI with Adolescents: Comorbid Substance Use and Mental Health

SBI with Adolescents: Comorbid Substance Use & Mental Health is an interactive role-play simulation that prepares healthcare providers to engage in adolescent patients with co-occurring substance use and mental health issues.

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Healthcare Provider

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Alcohol and Substance Use, Healthcare and Communication Skills, Mental Health & Well-being, and Suicide Prevention

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40 Minutes



SBI with Adolescents: Comorbid Substance Use & Mental Health prepares health professionals to conduct screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) with adolescents who have multiple co-occurring concerns. This virtual learning experience gives learners practice with such a scenario. Learners can build their confidence and apply SBIRT practices in real-world, complex situations.

This simulation can be used as a stand-alone learning experience; or, in a larger curriculum, it can be practice and/or a focal point of discussion.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify best practices for triaging adolescents with co-occurring substance use and mental health concerns
  • Apply the Brief Negotiated Interview model when conducting brief interventions
  • Apply motivational interviewing methods to reinforce change talk in brief interventions and manage a challenging patient encounter

Research shows that with experiential practice, increased emotional engagement and reflective thinking leads to stronger self-efficacy and behavior change.

The content of this simulation was developed in close collaboration between Kognito's simulation scientists and leading experts in the field of SBIRT, including NORC at the University of Chicago.

Users receive customized feedback based on their in-simulation choices.

The simulation is available online 24/7. Users are asked to complete pre-, post-, and 3-month follow up surveys to assess changes in skills. Attitudes, and behavior. Upon completion, users receive a certificate of completion.  Clients have access to usage reports and evaluation data via the Kognito client portal.

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