Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI): Guide & Resource Manual for Workplace Practitioners
Alcohol; Workforce Issues
Workplaces are underutilized for the delivery of alcohol prevention and early intervention programs. Yet, they offer the opportunity to reach people in a place where they spend most of their day. Workplace resources including employee assistance programs, health promotion and wellness programming, and occupational health and safety clinics are ideal settings to identify and intervene.
The purpose of this guide is to present promising, feasible approaches to implementing evidence-based alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) methods in work-related settings. The processes and protocols are designed specifically for the following types of workplace professionals: employee assistance professionals (delivering services telephonically through centralized call centers or onsite in-person services); occupational health and safety staff (delivering in-person medical services, physical exams, and health screens); health promotion and wellness practitioners (delivering health promotion program offerings, educational/awareness outreach, automated screening, health risk assessments), and administrators of alcohol/drug testing programs.
This guide was developed with funding and support from the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems at The George Washington University (through a grant from PEW Charitable Trusts). The development of this guide was also informed and supported by members of the Ensuring Solutions' Workplace SBI Product Development Work Group consisting of employers, employee assistance and behavioral healthcare vendors, and vendors of alcohol/drug services, representatives from government agencies and professional groups, experts, researchers, and clinicians.
The guide is divided into sections for ease of reviewing and synthesizing screening and brief intervention techniques. Each section is based on the best scientific evidence available. Materials and resources are available throughout the guide and in the Resources section.
Goplerud, E., & McPherson, T. (2008). Screening and brief intervention (SBI): Guide & resource manual for workplace practitioners. Washington, DC: Ensuring Solutions to Alcohol Problems, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University.