Additional training is available to select students who wish to enhance their skills.


Students in good academic standing are encouraged to become Student SBIRT Leaders. Priority will be given to students with an expressed commitment to implementing SBIRT in service of populations that are rural, underserved, impoverished, immigrant, or otherwise bear a disparate burden of substance use disorders (SUD).


SBIRT Student Leaders will learn about Substance Use Disorders and SBIRT in the classroom and through additional interactive training. Becoming an SBIRT Student Leader will help develop motivational interviewing and leadership skills as well as interprofessional team skills. These will equip you not only to implement screening, brief treatment, and referrals within your clinical placement and ultimately in your career.


  • Training in motivational interviewing
  • Interactive training to develop brief intervention skills
  • Leadership training
  • Interprofessional team immersion experience to develop team skills using simulated cases

Benefits: Employers are looking for these skills

  • Qualify for the Interprofessional Honors Distinction and receive UNE SBIRT Certification
  • Receive support for implementation in your clinical placements in Maine
    • While on rotation, screen at least one client daily and, (with support of your Preceptor), attempt a brief intervention and referral to treatment
  • Carry your skills and SBIRT advocacy into your new work settings
  • Present your SBIRT work to peers and potential employers
  • Address wide-ranging health disparities

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