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This mixed methods study explored the development, content, and impact of best practice post-professional clinical doctorate education related to assisting persons with substance use disorders (SUDs) using screening, brief interventions, and referral to treatment (SBIRT). A blended learning curriculum was developed and outcomes were measured through various participant report surveys. Results indicated that participants reported positive change in their understanding of SBIRT content; however, mixed beliefs exist in attitudes and perceptions towards individuals with SUDs. This article will discuss the overall impact of the SBIRT training on the occupational therapy students enrolled in a post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program. A total of 24 students participated in this research study.


Amy Mattila, PhD, MBA, MS, OTR/L is as an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership at Robert Morris University. Dr. Mattila’s scholarly agenda has focused around best practices in education and psychosocial practice in occupational therapy. Ingrid Provident, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the post-professional OTD Program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Provident has published in the areas of evidenced-based best practices in education and earned her Ed.D in Instructional Leadership and Education.

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