Online Program

Implementing SBIRT in batterer intervention settings using group motivational interviewing strategies

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Enid Watson, MDiv, Institute for Health and Recovery, Cambridge, MA
Robert Haynor, Division of Violence and Injury Prevention, Massachusetts Dept of Public Health, Boston, MA
Carol Girard, MA, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
Batterers' drinking behavior may provide an important observable risk marker for reassaults by identifying any drunkenness or high frequency drinking. This presentation introduces a curriculum that allows Batterer Intervention Group Leaders to bring substance use health education to participants by helping them review their own substance use. Batterer Intervention Group Leaders' work is to create safety for partners, engage participants accountability through enhancing self-awareness, facilitate learning and change, and provide support for that change. All of those goals are congruent with SBIRT. The curriculum employs an innovative application of SBIRT for group settings based on Motivational Interviewing strategies. For example, rather than a more traditional ‘health education' lecture by a group leader, program participants are asked open-ended questions; participant answers will then describe the benefits and costs of substance use. This curriculum enhances Group Leader knowledge about substance use, misuse, and dependent use, and their relationship to violence; presents substance use screening and health education modules that can each be implemented independently; provides alcohol and other drug screening questions for use with individuals in group settings; provides brief intervention strategies, including Motivational Interviewing principles and skills, for group settings; informs Group Leaders on trauma-informed SBIRT approaches; and informs Group Leaders on substance use disorder assessment/treatment referral resources. Trauma-informed Approaches, Substance Use and Violence, Tobacco and Secondhand Smoke, Alcohol and Pregnancy, and Resiliency are addressed. Results of a pilot using the curriculum will be presented.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe innovative approach to identify risky substance use in participants in Batterer Intervention Groups through introduction of a new curriculum based on Motivational Interviewing approaches.

Keyword(s): Substance Abuse, Violence Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I designed and wrote the curriculum to be presented in this session, and my co-authors have provided ideas and editing. I provided training, implementation, and technical assistance to Batterer Intervention Groups on this curriculum. I have presented at local, state, and national settings on SBIRT for 14 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.