SBIRT for Women's Health Professionals

Launching July 19th, continuing Mondays of each week | 12–1 pm

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Unhealthy substance use is common among women seeking healthcare in Nevada. Among reproductive age women, substance use can increase rates of unintended pregnancy, lead to substance exposed pregnancy, including neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS), and impact postnatal outcomes for mothers and infants. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health strategy to identify and assist patients with unhealthy substance use. SBIRT can be effectively integrated into busy women's health settings to improve patient outcomes. SBIRT provides universal screening, prevention, and early intervention for those with risky substance use and referral to behavioral or medication assisted treatment for those who need more intensive services.

The SBIRT for Women's Health Professionals ECHO will provide community health professionals with the training and support they need to manage substance use issues within women's health settings using an SBIRT model. This program will include an expert specialist team and interdisciplinary clinicians and other health professionals in local Nevada communities. The series will include six weekly tele-ECHO clinics that include a didactic presentation, combined with patient case presentations and mentoring.

This team consists of:

  • Christina Boyd, LSCSW, LCAC. Christina is a clinical social worker as well as a clinical addictions counselor who has worked in the behavioral health field for over 23 years. She is currently the Coordinator for Strategic Initiatives for the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare as well as the CEO of a behavioral health consulting company, Hope and Wellness Resources. Christina is an experienced trainer and has provided live and virtual presentations on numerous behavioral health topics throughout the country, and continues to be passionate about the equity of health resources in rural areas.
  • Jennifer Hettema, Ph.D. Dr. Jennifer Hettema is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the development, delivery and evaluation of brief behavioral interventions in medical settings. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and has extensive training and research experience related to SBIRT. Dr. Hettema will contribute expertise on: motivational interviewing, brief interventions protocols, and quality/fidelity, to the ECHO expert panel.
  • Melissa Hoffman, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC. Dr. Hoffman is a former labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator, breastfeeding educator, and community education specialist. She earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Kansas and currently works as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner integrated in an OB Gyn clinic at LMH Health in Lawrence, Kansas. Melissa specializes in reproductive mental health and also facilitates a weekly perinatal mental health peer support group.
  • Jillian Anderson, MA, LADC, MFT.
  • Mary Velasquez, PhD.
  • Sherry Weitzen, MD.

Series Schedule/Topics:

  • Monday, July 19th: Program Welcome and Orientation
  • Monday, July 26th, 2021: Screening
  • Monday, August 2nd, 2021: Brief Intervention and Motivational Interviewing
  • Monday, August 9th, 2021: Referral to Specialty Care
  • Monday, August 16th, 2021: Medication-Assisted Treatment
  • Monday, August 23rd, 2021: Implementation and Planning

If you would like to submit a case for discussion at this clinic please click on the link below to complete the form. After submitting the form download a copy to reference while presenting your case.

SBIRT for Women's Health Professionals Case Review Form


CME Evaluation Form

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Continuing Medical Education (CME) Accreditation

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine approves this program for 1.00 hours of nursing continuing education credit.

The State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists & Clinical Professional Counselors approves this program for 1.00 hours of MFT/CPC continuing education credit.

The State of Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners approves this program for 1.00 hours of continuing education credit.

The Nevada State Board of Examiners for Licensed Alcohol, Drug, and Gambling Counselors approved this prgoram for 1.00 hours of continuing education credit.