Accreditation Information

Continuing Nursing Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  Contact hours: 5.25


This program has been approved for 5 Social Work Continuing Education Credits, for the licensure period of October 1, 2016 -- September 30, 2018, in accordance with 258 CMR.  Boston University School of Social Work Authorization Number B-18-149.


This program has been approved for 5.25 participation credit hours.

Needs Statement

Because school nurses and counselors are uniquely positioned to discuss substance use among young people, it is recommended that schools allow for opportunities for appropriately trained staff to reinforce prevention, screen for substance use, provide counseling and make referrals as necessary to all adolescents, including students in upper elementary grades.  Adolescent Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) focuses on prevention, early detection, risk assessment, brief counseling and referral intervention that can be utilized in the school setting. Use of a validated screening tool will enable school nurses and counselors to detect risk for substance use-related problems and to address them at an early stage in adolescents.

Legislation Mandating SBIRT in Schools

In March, 2016, the Massachusetts Legislature passed bill House, No. 4056 which outlines the requirements for public schools in the Commonwealth to engage in substance use prevention and education. Legislation can be found at (see Section 15).


At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  • Define SBIRT and its implementation in schools
  • Describe prevalence and risks of adolescent substance use
  • Apply a validated screening tool
  • Examine motivational interviewing strategies
  • Apply the brief negotiated interview (BNI) tool

Target Audience

Anybody who is going to be part of the a school's SBIRT team: School Nurses, Administrators, Social Workers, etc.

Faculty Disclosure

Faculty have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.