Saturday, March 2, 2019
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Adelphi University
Hauppauge Center
55 Kennedy Drive
Hauppauge, New York

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

With John McAteer, LCSW

CEs: 3
NYS OASAS Clock Hours: 3
Cost: $35

SBIRT training provides social workers with evidence-based resources to work effectively with clients at risk for substance use disorders in a variety of settings (e.g., hospitals, outpatient or primary care settings, community health and mental health centers). Participants will learn how to screen for substance use and assess the level of risk; briefly intervene to enhance client insight and motivation toward behavioral change using methods such as Motivational Interviewing, and refer to treatment clients needing specialized care. This training equips participants with skills applicable to clients facing a variety of issues.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify at least two screening tools and their applied uses for clients using substances.
  • Name at least three principles of Motivational Interviewing as a brief intervention.
  • Differentiate between at-risk clients and clients in need of referrals to treatment.

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About the Speaker

John McAteer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the fields of mental health and substance use for 17 years. John works with adolescents, adults and families who struggle with psychological stressors and addiction. He assists clients to identify the strength and motivation needed to fulfill their goals.  

John believes in the training, promotion and delivery of evidence-based practices to assist in the prevention and treatment of substance use and mental health disorders. 

Most recently, John was appointed as the Director of Evaluation and Training in the Adelphi School of Social Works’ Institute for Adolescent Trauma, Treatment and Training. In this role, he will be overseeing the evaluation and training needs of two grants. John will be focused on the integration of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), into the curriculums of Social Work, Psychology and Nursing.

The second grant works to increase the awareness and dissemination of training for providers who work with traumatized youth.

John worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in their Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use, Prevention, Care and Treatment. In this position, he had success with the integration of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) into the Primary Care practices. Prior to that, he was the director of a mental health and substance use agency, starting the first comprehensive, outpatient Buprenorphine treatment program in Queens. 

John is an OASAS-Certified SBIRT trainer. He has trained hundreds of primary care physicians and residents how to clinically integrate SBIRT into their facilities and practice. He has presented to national audiences through the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) on integration and sustainability of evidence-based practices in primary care. 

John holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a focus on clinical service delivery and Program Planning and Development from Columbia University. 

He brings passion and expertise to his work; whether he is training clinical and academic staff or assisting patients in overcoming obstacles in their recovery. He believes that recovery is possible through the application of evidence-based prevention and treatment protocols. 


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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