Using SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) for Youth Suicidality




Session Description

Presenter Dr. Kreichman and his colleagues have successfully implemented SBIRT (Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in medical sites, IHS, pueblos, urgent care, emergency departments, trauma departments, and school-based health centers to identify, assess, refer, and briefly treat youth at risk for substance abuse, depression, trauma, anxiety, and suicide. This workshop focuses on how the key elements of SBIRT – universal screening, motivational interviewing, well-managed referrals, and brief/time-effective treatment – can be used in a variety of settings to best support youth at risk of suicide. Key roles for peer and community support workers will be emphasized.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Identify and apply key principles of SBIRT.
     #2 Summarize and apply key elements of intensive case management and referral in the implementation of SBIRT.
     #3 Describe benefits to and challenges in supporting youth peers, peer advocates, and support workers maintaining and sustaining key roles in the SBIRT interdisciplinary team.

About the Presenter

Presenter, Avi Kriechman's headshotAvi Kriechman, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, UNM Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Avi Kriechman is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Division of Community and Behavioral Health in the UNM HSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has provided strength-based care for children, youth, families, and communities for over 35 years.


Continuing Education

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5

To receive credit, you must attend the session in its entirety and complete the session evaluation within 48 hours of the session conclusion. 



May 28 2020


10:00 am - 11:15 am




(505) 266-3451