Thank you for visiting the BIG Initiative led by NORC at the University of Chicago and the National SBIRT ATTC (N SBIRT ATTC). Funded by SAMHSA, the National SBIRT ATTC (N SBIRT ATTC) is housed at the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) in Pittsburgh, PA. Together IRETA and NORC as the N SBIRT ATTC:
The workplace is a great place to establish education, prevention and brief intervention programs to impact one of the top three avoidable killers of Americans today – unhealthy and dependent alcohol use. Few businesses use the simple, fast, inexpensive and effective workplace programs described in this training. The BIG Initiative, which stands for the Brief Intervention Group Initiative, aims to support and add new tools to the way Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) and other workplace health and safety programs throughout North America screen and treat workers who drink in ways that increase their risk of physical and emotional health problems, disease, injury, work and social problems.
The Employee Assistance Professional’s Guide to Screening, Brief Intervention and Treatment brings together the tools that employee assistance professionals need to screen clients for unhealthy drinking, deliver effective counseling, refer and co-manage with addiction specialists EAP clients with serious problems, and provide successful case management and follow-up. The training program is a joint production of Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA), Employee Assistance Societies of North America (EASNA), NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP), and the Center for Clinical Social Work.
Dr. Goplerud and Dr. McPherson brought together the nation’s leading experts and professional associations to develop this joint EAP training program. The BIG Initiative and the EAP industry as a whole are collaborating to ensure all professionals working in this field are skilled in delivering this core EAP service.
All of the training materials are designed to match the needs of employee assistance clinicians. The training is available via webinar and face-to-face educational programs and for self-study on the Internet or on paper. Learn more about online and face-to-face training opportunities.