June 9 - 10 Conference

Pittsburgh, PA

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
for alcohol and other drug use: An Interprofessional Conference
The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER)

 

June 9-10, 2015

THANKS TO ALL WHO WERE INVOLVED IN MAKING THE SBIRT CONFERENCE A SUCCESS!


Conference materials can be found here:
 http://ireta.org/sbirtconf2015/



Registration for the conference is now closed. Follow the conference on Twitter using #SBIRTinPgh.

About
Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health and evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The SBIRT model calls for interprofessional, widespread and community-based screening for health risk behaviors. Abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costly to our nation, exacting over $600 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and healthcare (NIDA, 2012). Healthcare costs alone account for $137 billion dollars. Healthcare providers cannot ignore substance use. Risky substance use causes significant morbidity and premature mortality among all patient populations.  

Location
Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s medical and university district, this two-day conference will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn at Pittsburgh University Place and The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research in Oakland.

Target Audience
The target audience for this conference are health professionals – nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, behavioral health counselors, social workers, and public health workers.

Partners
The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA), National SBIRT Addiction Technology Transfer Center (National SBIRT ATTC), AIDS Education and Training Center, and the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) have joined together to develop this first-of-its-kind conference - engaged in an interprofessional collaboration utilizing state-of-the-art techniques to enhance patient wellness.

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AGENDA OVERVIEW - Click here to download

Day 1 - June 9, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn

Keynote Speaker Eduardo Salas, PhD, is University Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He also holds an appointment as Program Director for Human Systems Integration Research Department at UCF’s Institute for Simulation & Training.  Previously, he was a Senior Research Psychologist and Head of the Training Technology Development Branch of NAVAIR-Orlando for 15 years. During this period, Dr. Salas served as a principal investigator for numerous R&D programs focusing on teamwork, team training, simulation-based training, decision-making under stress, learning methodologies and performance assessment

His expertise includes helping organizations on how to foster teamwork, design and implement team training strategies, facilitate training effectiveness, manage decision making under stress, develop performance measurement tools, and   design learning and simulation-based environments.  He is currently working on designing tools, instructional strategies and techniques to minimize human errors in aviation, law enforcement and medical environments. He has consulted to a variety of manufacturing, pharmaceutical laboratories, industrial and governmental organizations.  Dr. Salas has co-authored over 320 journal articles and book chapters and has co-edited over 20 books. He received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Old Dominion University. 

 

Track A: The Foundations of SBIRT (AM and PM)
This track is for those who are unfamiliar with SBIRT. Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is a public health evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and drugs (illicit or misuse of prescription). Screening quickly assesses the severity of substance use and identifies the appropriate level of response. Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change. Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to specialty care.

In this full day workshop, you will be introduced to SBIRT as a system change initiative, and the need to modify how we think about substance use behaviors, problems and interventions. The afternoon session will review the types of intervention and validated screening tools and the Motivational Interviewing approach to patient communication via stages of change.

Presenters: Jim Aiello, MA, MEd, Victoria Lahey, MS Ed, NCC

Track B: SBIRT - Considering SBIRT and Various Substances (AM) and SBIRT for Special Populations (PM)

This track is for those familiar with SBIRT. The discussion will center on the medical risks and complications of alcohol, marijuana and opiate drug use within the adolescents, pregnant women, and other special populations. Valid, brief screening tools and determining recommended level of intervention based on level of risk will be discussed. Presenters will give evidence for the effectiveness of brief interventions for patients and demonstrate how to apply the SBIRT model with a Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach to intervention.

Presenters: AM Session: Gerald Cochran, PhD, Eric Hulsey, DrPH, Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, FNP

Presenters: PM Session: Scott Hadland, MD, MPH, Irene Kane, PhD, MSN, RN, CNAA, HFI, Sarah Pitts, MD, Susan Albrecht, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN,  

Day 2 - June 10, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn and The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER)

Standardized/Simulated Patients (SPs) have been part of international health education since the 1960s. Incorporating SP methodology into training focused on communication skill development is an effective strategy.  We will demonstrate methods of integration of SP methodology in multiple settings and provide resources and materials to assist in further exploration of this educational model.

How to Design an Educational Session with Standardized Patients
Many modalities of simulation have been used to design effective communication skill based learning sessions, including standardized /simulated patient methodology.

Standardized/Simulated Patients (SPs) are professionals who have been trained to engage learners realistically in face-to-face encounters in order to teach or assess a wide variety of knowledge, skills and behaviour.  SP methodology is an appropriate teaching strategy to consider especially when the learning objectives relate to interpersonal or professional skills. In addition, the SP is able to give behaviorally based, individualized feedback to the learner from the point of view of the given “role”, whether as a “patient”, a “client”, or other “learner”.  SP methodology can also augment mannequin based simulation modalities and increase the educational versatility of any team based training environment.  Sometimes, though, there are obstacles to implementing SP methodology related to economic considerations or to a lack of understanding about, or knowledge and skills of, how to work with SPs. 

In this practical, interactive workshop, we draw on our experiences in two different health science schools to introduce some key elements of SP methodology for those who are interested in working with SP’s but are not sure how to start.  We will provide materials and information regarding recruitment of SPs, selection of learning objectives conducive to this type of activity and the basics of SP training and feedback delivery. We’ll explore a variety of appropriate contexts for this teaching method. Challenges and solutions to effectively working with SPs will also be discussed. 

After participating in this workshop, attendees will be able to identify basic components of SP methodology; implement strategies to introduce SP methodology into their environment; and reflect on practical aspects of including SP methodology in their own institutions.  We will also provide resources and references for further exploration and application of SP methodology.
Presenters: Valerie Fulmer, BA, Adam Kukic, MA, Marie Fioravanti, DNP, RN

Implementing a Simulation Session: Key Considerations

This interactive session will introduce particpants to "behind the scenes" considerations when implementing simulation sessions. An SBIRT session will be used as a lens by which participants will analyze simulation implementation concepts.

The development process for simulation activities is well established.  A core or target audience is identified, objectives are developed and time is scheduled within a simulation facility.  An SBIRT example will be used to highlight key concepts relative to development of curriculum support materials, instructor training, preparation of the simulation environment, development of feedback and evaluation plans and implementation of a quality improvement process.

Objectives:
 - Critique a video vignette of an SBIRT session
 - Identify key training and materials needed for faculty to successfully implement complex simulation sessions
 - Discuss the logistical and operational considerations that surround simulation activities
Presenters: John M. O'Donnell, CRNA, DrPH, Michael Neft, CRNA, DNP, Daniel Battista, BS, MBA

Standardized Patients bridge the gap between lectures and practical applications. A standardized patient (SP) is a person educated to accurately and consistently portray the history, personality, physical findings, and emotional state of a carefully designed "patient". Students and other learners interview and examine SPs in encounters constructed to teach and test a wide variety of specific skills. These monitored encounters are built to reflect to the learner the importance of active listening, empathy and respect in gathering information. Utilization of these skills is a crucial step to establishing patient trust, which in turn, helps to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
 


 
CONFERENCE MATERIALS

This page will be updated as the conference materials are received.


 

CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)

AANA - AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF NURSE ANESTHETISTS 
An application has been submitted for CENA by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 12 CE Credits.

ACCME - ACCREDITATION COUNCIL FOR CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the National SBIRT Addiction Technology Transfer Center at IRETA . The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

 

ANCC - AMERICAN NURSING CREDENTIALING CENTER  
This continuing education activity is being jointly provided by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Successful nursing participants may be awarded a maximum of 12.5 continuing nursing education contact hours.

PA CADC - CERTIFIED ALCOHOL AND DRUG COUNSELORS
The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) is an approved provider of Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) continuing education credits. This event has been approved for 12 CEUs.
  
NAADAC  
The Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA), is a NAADAC Approved Education Provider. Certificates will be awarded up to a total of 12 CEH contact hours for this event.
  
SOCIAL WORKERS 
This program is offered for 12 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school, and therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education call (412) 624-3711.
 


HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS


Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh University Place
3454 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 683-2040
 
$129/night Standard Room for the nights of 6/8, 6/9, 6/10, 2015
Deadline for the reduced rate is May 8, 2015.
 
Guests can book online here  
You can use the reference code NSY to make a reservation over the phone at  1-877-STAY-HGI(782-9444). 
 
Hotel Parking (Valet parking only)
Overnight parking is $18.00 per vehicle, per night.
Guests that stay overnight are guaranteed parking. Parking for guests not staying at the hotel is based on availability and cannot be guaranteed. The Hotel’s onsite parking garage cannot accommodate vehicle’s over 6’2”. Alternate parking is available in the area.


MAP

The Hilton Garden Inn University Place is on the corner of Forbes Avenue and McKee Place in Oakland.
The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) is on McKee Place next to the hotel.

 


CLOSED: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - DIGITAL POSTER SESSION

Digital Poster Session

June 9, 2015
4:00 - 5:15 PM
Followed by a Reception from 5:15 to 6:30.
Hilton Garden Inn at Pittsburgh University Place, 3454 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.

 
Healthcare educators are invited to submit an abstract on projects relevant to Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for alcohol and other drug use, in primary care, hospitals, dental offices and other interprofessional healthcare settings.

 

Digital posters are considered as an attractive and interactive way to present a paper and are short fully digital presentations displayed on a large monitor. Originality and creativity are encouraged. A reception will follow the digital poster session and during this time presenters can meet with the attendees to further discuss the information provided.

GUIDELINES
 - Submission deadline is March 1, 2015.
 - Length of the presentation should be no more than five minutes. Please strictly respect this allocated time.
 - There will be a maximum of 10 presentations during the one hour session.
 - The submission of an abstract does not require prior registration to the conference. Upon acceptance, the presenting author will be able to register at a reduced rate

Notification of selections for electronic poster presentations will be made in writing via email by March 31, 2015.   All participants and presenters are expected to assume responsibility for attending the conference, travel expenses and presentation. 

 

Presenters will be requested to submit their digital presentation for the Conference website by May 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM at the latest (this deadline is subject to change). Guideline details for submission will be communicated upon abstract approval. Presenters are strongly encouraged to bring an additional electronic copy to prevent unforeseen events. A reception in the Exhibit area will give you time to meet with the attendees and discuss your projects further.
 

Supported formats for digital presentation are:

- PDF

- Powerpoint: .ppt , .pptx

- Prezi Presentation (as a portable Prezi in a zip file)

 

SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT HERE

 


EXHIBITOR GUIDELINES

Exhibit Day - June 9, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn at Pittsburgh University Place, 3454 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.

We invite you to exhibit at this June 2015 event. As a product or service provider, you will have an opportunity to meet healthcare professionals attending from a variety of disciplines.

Cost: $600.00
Includes: 1 registration, 1 6' table and two chairs, and a listing as a Reception Sponsor. Table skirting and drape are available upon request.
Booth area: 8' wide by 6' deep.

June 9, 2015
Setup - 6:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Exhibit Day - 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Dismantle - after 6:30 PM

Exhibitors will be located in the host hotel, lower level pre-function area next to the ballroom. Conference attendees will walk through the exhibit area as they move in and out of the ballroom for sessions and lunch. After the 4:00 - 5:15 Electronic Poster Session we are hosting a Reception until 6:30 for exhibitors and attendees in the exhibit area. This will give you another opportunity to meet with the conference attendees.

CLOSED - Exhibitor form


 

CONFERENCE FACULTY 
 

Jim Aiello, MA, MS ED, is the former Director of the Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center for the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA). Before joining IRETA, he served for 12 years as Executive Vice President of Treatment Programs for Gateway Rehabilitation Center, one of the oldest and largest providers of drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in Pennsylvania. Mr. Aiello also served an Instructor in Penn State’s Chemical Dependency Counselor Training Program. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Turtle Creek Valley MH/MR, Inc. and on the advisory board for the Penn State (Beaver Campus) Psychology Department.

 

Susan Albrecht, PhD, RN, CRNP, FAAN , is Associate Dean for External Relations in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She oversees the continuing education programs and serves as advisor for the Pitt Nursing Student Association. Dr. Albrecht is a faculty expert for Dr. K. Puskar’s study funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services on Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Targeting Substance Use in Rural Populations. She also serve as maternal-child faculty expert for Dr. A. Mitchell’s study funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities for NFASD: Prevention Through Partnership Improving Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Prevention and Practice Through Partnership.

 

Daniel Battista, MBA, is Director of Aministration at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER) in Oakland, PA. He directs all aspects of administrative support and provides leadership to other departments within WISER.  In addition, Mr. Battista leads WISER activities in the area of budget preparation, financial planning and stakeholder affairs and coordinates special projects, in addition to WISER’s continuing education programs. He has presented to international audiences at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) and has served as Chair for the conference’s Program Administration track for the past two years.  Mr. Battista holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Waynesburg College, with a focus on business leadership and human resources.

 
Lauren Broyles, PhD, RN, program of research focuses on improving detection and management of unhealthy alcohol use, including design, testing, and implementation of alcohol screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in inpatient and primary care settings. At the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, she directs implementation of the new Joint Commission measures for inpatient alcohol and tobacco screening, counseling, pharmacotherapy, referral, and follow-up. Dr. Broyles also serves as Director of the National Coordinating Center for the VA’s Advanced Interprofessional Fellowship in Addictions Treatment, and Co-Director of the fellowship’s site in Pittsburgh. Additionally, she is an Associate Editor for the journal Substance Abuse. At the University’s Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE), she serves as Director for the Ramp-to-K Program, and teaches the grant-writing course (CLRES 2071 & CLRES 2072).

Gerald (Jerry) Cochran, PhD, MSW,  is an Assistant Professor with the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a Co-Investigator with the Appalachian Tri-State Node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Clinical Trials Network, and is a faculty member with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Pharmaceutical Policy and Prescribing. His area of expertise involves identifying and studying appropriate care for underserved populations in healthcare settings, with particular emphasis on individuals who misuse drugs and alcohol. Jerry’s work aims to improve substance abuse prevention and treatment services provided in health care settings.

Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a nurse/psychologist who has been involved in the study of patient adherence to treatment in individual studies and multi-center trials, addressing a variety of patient populations including rheumatological conditions, cardiovascular risk factors, and diabetes. She is currently the principal investigator of the NIH study, Adherence & HRQOL: Translation of Interventions a program project grant funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research that addresses clinical research studies designed to improve quality of life and delay or slow the progression of chronic conditions through the examination of self-management strategies which target adherence to treatment regimen, thus improving the effectiveness of care, and factors necessary for translation of the research into practice. Her past research includes director and principal investigator of the Center for Research in Chronic Disorders, and principal investigator for the grant, Improving Medication Adherence in Comorbid Conditions, as well as grant from National Science Foundation designed to develop robotic assistance for the elderly, known as "Nursebot." . She has had funding from seven of the Institutes in the NIH, and she has experience in the behavioral science aspects of clinical trial management including the Lipid Research Clinics Program, the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial and the Women’s Health Initiative. She has served on three NIH safety and data monitoring boards; as a behavioral scientist for three NIH funded multi-center clinical trials; and on 20 NIH working groups addressing research agenda. 

Deborah Finnell, DNS, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FAAN, has specialized in mental health and addictions for the majority of her career.  From her grounding as a registered nurse working in inpatient psychiatry, she expanded her role to that of a clinical nurse specialist and then a nurse practitioner. She brings her passion for the neurobiological bases of mental health and addictions to her clinical practice, teaching, research, and policy / advocacy.  Her professional leadership roles range from Chair of the New York State Peer Assistance Committee to President-Elect and President of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (2008-2012).  She served as Chair of the Addictions Nursing Certification Board and currently serves on the Committee on Nursing Standards for the American Nurses Association.  She is Associate Editor for the Substance Abuse journal and on the editorial board of the Journal of Addictions Nursing. With a long-term appointment with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Hospital Administration, she has conducted funded research focusing on improving the health of Veterans with mental disorders and substance use disorders.  

Marie Fioravanti, DNP, RN,  is an Assistant Professor in the Acute and Tertiary Care Department at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. Dr. Fioravanti teaches the undergraduate medical surgical course.  She is the Simulation Coordinated for several Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant-funded studies. As the faculty nurse expert in simulation, she writes and coordinates all the simulation scenarios for these interprofessional health care professionals to practice and apply their SBIRT skills. She developed the simulation curriculum and has incorporated High Fidelity Human Simulation (HFHS) throughout the nursing undergraduate curriculum nursing program.

 

Valerie L. Fulmer, BA, is Director and  is the Operations Director and Standardized Patient (SP) trainer/educator in the Advanced Clinical Education Center of the Office of Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Ms. Fulmer received her BA in Social Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently oversees all SP sessions at the Medical School. With 135 employees under her direction, she develops materials and maintains the operations of the center. Ms. Fulmer has presented over twenty workshops and posters at multiple international Standardized Patient, Simulation and educational associations, winning five awards for outstanding educational innovation. She is published on Med Ed Portal, the medical education materials site for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Eric Goplerud, PhD, MA, BA, directs NORC's Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Criminal Justice Studies department. Goplerud, who joined NORC in 2011, is a clinical psychologist and an expert on substance abuse treatment and prevention who was previously a senior research professor at George Washington University focusing on behavioral health policy. Prior to working at George Washington University, he held several senior policy leadership positions at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Since 2002, Goplerud has directed Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, a research program at George Washington University supported by grants from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, industry, and various federal agencies. He also directs the Center for Integrated Behavioral Health Policy. Goplerud is immediate past president of ACMHA: the College for Behavioral Health Leadership. His primary work focuses on integration of behavioral health into national health reform, improving access and financing for behavioral health in primary and specialty medicine, and engagement of businesses, health insurers, and employee assistance programs to promote access to effective, affordable behavioral health care. Goplerud has directed foundation, corporate, and government-sponsored projects focused on increasing access to effective, affordable alcohol treatment. In addition, Goplerud chaired the National Quality Forum's Technical Advisory Panel that produced the consensus standards of evidence-based substance use treatment, and he co-chairs the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) Technical Advisory Panel that designed and is field testing alcohol and tobacco SBIRT performance measures for all hospital admissions. 


Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM is an internal medicine physician with a specialty of addiction medicine and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Advisory Dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon completed his Bachelor of Arts degree (Biological Sciences) at Northwestern University, Medical Doctorate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, internal medicine residency training at the University of Pittsburgh, general medicine fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Masters of Public Health degree at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and is certified in Addiction Medicine from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He is core faculty at the VA Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center of VISN 4 (MIRECC), Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP), and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Health Care (CRHC). He is a prior VA Health Services Research and Development Research Career Development Awardee and leads health services investigations to improve access to medical, mental health, and substance abuse services and for homeless and other vulnerable populations. He leads and coordinates research investigations funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and other governmental agencies.

Heather J. Gotham, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Research Professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Gotham is the Project Director of the UMKC SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) project which is infusing SBIRT training into the nursing and social work curricula. Dr. Gotham’s research focuses on implementing evidence-based behavioral health treatments and assessments for adolescents and adults, SBIRT, and treatment fidelity for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She also studies interprofessional education and other nursing education initiatives. She provides technical assistance to systems, states and treatment providers to implement evidence-based practices and assessments.

 

Scott Hadland, MD, is a graduating adolescent medicine fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he completed his residency and chief residency in pediatrics.  Dr. Hadland obtained his MD degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  Dr. Hadland’s research focuses on substance use and mental health outcomes among at-risk youth.

 

Eric Hulsey, DrPH, is Manager of Behavioral Health Analytics at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation.  Prior to this, he served as the Services Innovations Specialist at Allegheny HealthChoices, Inc. (AHCI) where his focus was to increase the application of the science of substance use disorder treatment and recovery within the PA’s Medicaid program. Dr. Hulsey earned a Doctor of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, a Master of Arts in Psychology from Duquesne University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida.

 

Irene Kane, PhD, MSN, RN, CNAA, HFI, is Associate Professor, RN Options Coordinator, Health and Community Systems at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  Dr. Kane teaches psychiatric mental health nursing including the assessment and treatment continuum options for substance abuse with a focus on Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). She is the Project Coordinator for the federally funded EDRN-SBIRT Program to train health professionals across a multihospital system regarding their role and responsibility in addressing substance use through the implementation of SBIRT to positively impact health outcomes. Dr. Kane co-developed UPMC Healthy Lifestyle initiative for employee wellness benefit.

 
Adam Kukic, MA serves as the SP Program Scheduling Specialist for the Advanced Clinical Education Center. His work for the ACE Center includes scheduling and coordination of the standardized (simulated and model) patients within the SP Program and its activities. Adam majored in English and Theatre at Allegheny College and received a Master of Arts in Psychology from Chatham University.  In addition to many theatrical experiences, he worked as a Standardized Patient for seven years, taught for two years at an international school in Austria,  designed curriculum and served as an instructor for the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute, and has been an on-air host for WYEP-FM.

Victoria E. Lahey, MS Ed, NCC, is currently a therapist in private practice providing group and individual therapy as well as training and clinical consultation. Ms. Lahey is an independent contractor with the state of PA supplying training and staff development for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, the Division of HIV/AIDS and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and is a member of the Pennsylvania State HIV and Substance Abuse Training Team. In addition Ms. Lahey acts as a consultant with the Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA) whose mission is to assist health and human service providers in applying addiction research to practice. Currently Ms. Lahey is an adjunct professor in the master’s level counseling programs at both Seton Hill and Waynesburg Universities.

 
Peter Luongo, PhD, is Executive Director at the Institute for Research, Education, Training in Addictions (IRETA). Before joining IRETA in 2011, Dr. Peter Luongo worked in the behavioral health field for over thirty years as a social worker and administrator. In Maryland, Dr. Luongo was the Single State Authority under three governors as the director of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration. He also served within the Montgomery County, MD Department of Health and Human Services for over two decades, including as the Clinical Director of Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Psychology from The Catholic University of America and his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Maryland. Dr. Luongo has served as a faculty associate at Johns Hopkins University where he received the Johns Hopkins University Excellence in Teaching Award in 1996. In 2008, he received the Maryland Social Worker of the Year award from the National Association of Social Workers and in 2012, he was selected as one of “50 Heroes for Justice” by The University of Maryland School of Social Work. 

 

Ann Mitchell, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN is Professor, Vice-Chair for Administration, Health and Community Systems at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  Dr. Mitchell is currently the Project Director (PI) on a HRSA-funded grant designed to teach Emergency Department Registered Nurses (EDRNs) the evidence-based practice of screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment (EDRN-SBIRT) for patients who use or misuse alcohol and/or other drugs. 

 

Michael W. Neft, DNP, MHA, CRNA is Assistant Professor, Vice Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia and Assistant Director Nurse Anesthesia Program in the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.  He   received his nursing diploma and undergraduate degree in Pittsburgh from Mercy Hospital and LaRoche College. He was called to active duty after receiving his BSN.  Michael also served as chair of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists' (AANA) Practice Committee, and is currently a member of its Programs Committee. He is President of the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and President of the Eta Chapter, and Sigma Theta Tau International.

 

John O'Donnell, RN, CRNA, MSN, DrPH, is Professor of Nursing, Chair, Department of Nurse Anesthesia and Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. He is an Associate Director at the Winter Institute for Simulation Education (WISER), serves on the National Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Board of Directors, and was recently appointed as a member on the PA State Board of Nursing.  He is best known for his work as an educational innovator, patient safety advocate and expert in the world of healthcare simulation.  He is the Program Director of SBIRT InGAS grant.

 

Sarah Pitts, MD, is the Program Director for the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, a teaching faculty for the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and instructor in medicine Harvard Medical School. As part of the LEAH curriculum Dr. Pitts co-facilitate a small case regarding adolescent substance use and ADHD. Her involvement in this case is funded in-part by a SAMHSA grant with a goal to embed SBIRT training into our interprofessional fellowship. She completed her Pediatrics residency and subspecialty training in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s hospital and stayed on as faculty.

 

Kathryn R. Puskar, DrPH, RN, FAAN is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing including the school’s Honors Program.  Dr. Puskar is the project director of a study funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), US Department of Health & Human Services on Inter-professional Collaborative Practice (IPCP): Targeting Substance Use in Rural Populations She was also project director of a (HRSA) funded grant on Addictions Training for Nurses Using Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). Dr. Puskar’s Addictions Training Manual is available for distribution and copyrighted by the University of Pittsburgh.

 

Paul Sacco, PhD, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor and Co-Chair, Clinical Concentration at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.  Dr. Sacco teaches Social Work with Individuals and Social Work with Families and Groups in the foundation curriculum and Psychopathology in the advanced curriculum. His research on addictive behaviors focuses on life course development and aging. He has conducted research on the epidemiology of alcohol use and pathological gambling among older adults and is currently conducting research to understand relationships between daily alcohol consumption patterns and daily activities, motivations for drinking, and health. Dr. Sacco combines his work in substance use with an interest latent variable modeling as a means of examining the measurement and longitudinal course of alcohol use and other addictive behaviors. He also provides methodological support on a project aimed at understanding gender differences in the development of substance use and delinquency during adolescence.

 

Eduardo Salas, PhD, is University Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He also holds an appointment as Program Director for Human Systems Integration Research Department at UCF’s Institute for Simulation & Training. Previously, he was a Senior Research Psychologist and Head of the Training Technology Development Branch of NAVAIR-Orlando for 15 years. During this period, Dr. Salas served as a principal investigator for numerous R&D programs focusing on teamwork, team training, simulation-based training, decision-making under stress, learning methodologies and performance assessment. His expertise includes helping organizations on how to foster teamwork, design and implement team training strategies, facilitate training effectiveness, manage decision making under stress, develop performance measurement tools, and design learning and simulation-based environments. He is currently working on designing tools, instructional strategies and techniques to minimize human errors in aviation, law enforcement and medical environments. He has consulted to a variety of manufacturing, pharmaceutical laboratories, industrial and governmental organizations.  Dr. Salas has co-authored over 320 journal articles and book chapters and has co-edited over 20 books. He received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Old Dominion University.

 

Carolyn Swenson, MSPH, MSN, FNP is Manager of Training and Consultation for the SBIRT-Colorado initiative at Peer Assistance Services, Inc., in Denver, Colorado. Screening and brief counseling for alcohol is an evidence based approach to early intervention to address at-risk alcohol use. Ms. Swenson also provides training on depression, motivational interviewing, tobacco cessation and is a certified Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) suicide prevention trainer. During her career she has worked as a pediatric ICU nurse, a public health nurse on the Navajo Indian Reservation, in refugee healthcare in Africa and migrant farmworker healthcare in Colorado, managing quality improvement projects, and coordinating population-based research on diabetes, cardiovascular disease and aging in rural Colorado. She studied Spanish and Latin American Studies at St. Olaf College, and then completed a Master of Science in Nursing at Pace University and a Master of Science in Public Health at the University of Colorado. 


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The University of Pittsburgh, School of Nursing has been successfully working on four SBIRT projects funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) since 2006 and has trained over 1,000 students and nurses and field-tested curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in SBIRT. The School of Nursing recently received two more SBI grants; one from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),” Improving Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention and Practice through National Partnerships” and another from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “SBIRT for Health Professionals” working with nurse practitioners. Along with the National SBIRT ATTC, the commitment to SBIRT is strong and we look forward to increasing the knowledge base on implementing SBIRT as well as the research on its effectiveness in relation to a person’s presenting health condition.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is highly committed to training its' students and other local health professionals to meet the challenges and demands of practicing medicine in the 21st century. We create a realistic and safe environment for learners to experience and practice new skills and to receive honest, non-judgmental feedback regarding their progress.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health is a top-ranked, internationally respected center of learning  and research that prepares students to influence public health practices and medical care across the country and around the world. The underlying mission of public health is to improve the conditions and behaviors that affect health so that all people can attain it. That mission includes not only the practice of public health policy, but the research of public health issues and the education of future leaders who eventually will translate that research into practices and policies to improve the health of people regionally, nationally, and globally.
                
The University of Maryland School of Social Work is a highly-ranked institution that produces outstanding social workers whose practice advances the well-being of all the people they serve, especially members of populations at risk. U.S.News & World Report ranks the School 16th in their 2012 list of Best Graduate Schools in America. Part of a public university in a diversified state and region, the School promotes social and economic justice in all of its activities. The School provides professional leadership through its programs of education, practice, research, scholarship, service innovation, consultation, and advocacy.

 
The Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) is a world class multidisciplinary training and research facility. WISER is an institute of the University of Pittsburgh with a mission to conduct research and training programs utilizing simulation based education to provide a safer environment for patients of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and its affiliates. WISER just celebrated its 20th anniversary of training and patient safety excellence. http://www.wiser.pitt.edu/
 

The Institute for Research, Education, and Training in Addictions (IRETA) is a 501(c)(3) organization that works with national, state, and local partners to improve recognition, prevention, treatment, research and policy related to addiction and recovery. IRETA disseminates information/research in the area of substance abuse through online and print media outlets, as well as in the creation of training and curricula, the development of treatment guidelines, and the presentation of research findings at regional and national events.  www.ireta.org 
 
 
Housed at IRETA, The National Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment Addiction Technology Center (N SBIRT ATTC) is funded to advance SBIRT as a timely public health model worthy and in need of advancement to reach its full potential impact on the health of Americans. In partnership with the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center (NORC), it hopes to help healthcare providers utilize the public health model of screening for substance use and providing advice or counseling to their patients who use alcohol or other drugs in risky or harmful ways. www.ATTCnetwork.org/sbirt
 
 

The Pennsylvania/Mid Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center (PA/MA AETC) provides HIV/AIDS education, consultation, technical assistance and resource materials to health care professionals throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. https://www.pamaaetc.org/ 

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Cancellation Policy

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing reserves the right to cancel a learning activity if an adequate number of advanced registrations are not received, or if unforeseen/unexpected circumstances occur. In the event of a cancellation by the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, registrants will receive either a full refund or credit towards an upcoming learning activity.

Refund Policy

All requests to cancel a registration must be made in writing (e­mail notification is acceptable). Cancellations received on or before five (5) business days of the scheduled learning activity will berefunded minus an administrative fee of 35% of the registration payment. No registration fees will be refunded after this time.