Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth


Course Description: This course introduces a simple, quick, empirically derived tool for identifying youth at risk for alcohol-related problems. This tool was produced by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, clinical researchers, and health practitioners.

In contrast to other screens that focus on established alcohol problems, this early detection tool aims to help prevent alcohol-related problems in patients before they start or address them at an early stage. The screening questions and risk scale, developed through primary survey research, are powerful predictors of current and future negative consequences of alcohol use. The screen consists of just two questions that can be incorporated easily into patient interviews or pre-visit screening tools across the care spectrum, from annual exams to urgent care. The “friends” question will help identify patients at earlier stages of alcohol involvement and target advice to include the important risk factor of friends’ drinking.

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply the guidelines for implementing the screening questions to different age groups
  • Apply the guidelines for assessing the level of risk for patients who drink
  • Apply the guidelines for conducting a brief intervention for patients who drink

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 2 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Alden Hori, PhD, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Content Publisher(s): National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Hori earned a PhD in psychology from the University of California at Riverside. Subsequently, Dr. Hori was employed by an education company in the mental health field for over 18 years. He served as an Educational Consultant and Director of Academic Affairs for this organization. His duties revolved around the mental health field, and included: researching the psychological literature to keep abreast of current clinical topics; writing updates for educational courses; developing new educational courses; and presenting over 200 live workshops for psychologists-in-training.

Finally, Dr. Hori was an Associate-In Professor and Research Assistant at the University of California at Riverside, where he supervised the completion of over 50 research projects in psychology. He is credited with three publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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