Substance Abuse Treatment Training Stressed at SCF

(Bradenton, Fla., April 10, 2018) — Nursing and Health Professions at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) is responding to the crucial need for well-trained nurses and health professionals in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. SCF, in partnership with Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and Manatee Memorial Hospital, recently offered free interactive one-day workshops covering an introduction to substance abuse screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT).

The workshops, which filled quickly with more than 300 registered participants, were targeted at nurses and nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers, psychologists, substance abuse counselors, occupational therapists, physical therapists and rehab therapy professionals, as well as students in the nursing and health care professions.

Both students and professionals said the training was essential.

“This training was excellent, it will help me to give better care to my patients with mental health issues,” one student said. Another said: “This type of training in addictions screening is needed in all of our health programs.” Faculty agreed: “This was an eye-opener related to mental health screening and assessment and treatment.” “We need this type of evidence-based training as faculty. We need to add this to our curriculum in nursing. Excellent presentation!”

Attendees at Sarasota Memorial Hospital said they were “impressed, inspired and pleased with the program,” and one even asked whether the program could be brought to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

The training was offered by the Indiana State University (ISU) Department of Social Work through a grant. Training materials were designed by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC), Indiana University, School of Public Health, Bloomington and adapted by the ISU Department of Social Work SBIRT Project. Professionals and students in health-related fields learned the best practices of screening and brief intervention. Leaders also introduced motivational interviewing as a method of facilitating client/patient communication.

For more information, contact Rosie Fairchild, SCF’s dean of nursing and health professions, at or 941-363-7267.

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