Western Michigan Group

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University

Physician Assistant Department and

Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology


You have been invited to participate in a research project and training opportunity titled, "SBIRT Training with Students and Community Organizations in the Health Professions in West Michigan." This project is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This consent document will explain the purpose of this research project and will go over all of the time commitments, the procedures used in the study, and the risks and benefits of participating in this research. Please read this consent form carefully and completely, and please ask any questions if you need more clarification.

Principle Investigator:

Tiffany Lee, Ph.D., Denise Bowen, M.A., PA-C., Stephen E. Craig, Ph.D.

Title of Study:

SBIRT Training with Students and Community Organizations in the Health Professions in West Michigan

What are we trying to find out in this study?

This training opportunity is funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The primary purpose of this grant is to provide training opportunities for helping professionals, such as clinical mental health counselors, counseling psychologists, and physician assistants to help them acquire both knowledge and skill in the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) process. The researchers want to assess your knowledge and skill before and after receiving the SBIRT training to determine if the intervention can lead to increased proficiency with the SBIRT.

Who can participate in this study?

To participate in this training opportunity and research project, you must (1) be a medical or mental health professional, and (2) come into contact with clients/patients or supervise someone who comes into contact with clients/patients. Only those who agree to participate in the study will be provided continuing education credits.

Where will this study take place?

This particular training opportunity and research study will take place online at www.sbirttraining.com. The administrative staff and personnel of this website will provide the online programming, troubleshooting, and online resources for the researchers.

What is the time commitment for participating in this study?

Participants of the online training will commit four hours for the four SBIRT modules (1 hour for each module). Those who consent to participate in the research study will complete a pre-test, a post-test and a satisfaction survey (up to 20 minutes for all). The overall time to participate in the study, excluding the training, is approximately 30 minutes.

What will you be asked to do if you choose to participate in this study?

If you meet the inclusionary criteria and choose to participate in this study, you will be asked to (a) read and sign this consent form; (b) complete a pre- test and a post-test; and (c) complete the online SBIRT training as part of a voluntary education experience.

What information is being measured during the study?

You will be asked to complete a brief demographics questionnaire that will assist researchers in being able to provide descriptive data of participants. In addition, pre-test and post-tests will measure your knowledge and perceived confidence before and after the SBIRT training.

What are the risks of participating in this study and how will these risks be minimized?

Given the nature of this project and the performance measures that will be included, you may experience some discomfort (e.g. feelings of stress, anxiety). In the event that your anxiety or stress interferes with your ability to complete the questionnaires, you are able to discontinue your participation at any time without penalty. We do not anticipate such strong reactions; however, there remains a possibility that it could happen. In the unlikely event that you experience stress or anxiety as a result of participation, there will not be any compensation or treatment made available by researchers.

What are the benefits of participating in this study?

There are three potential benefits of participating in this study: (1) You are learning about one of the most widely-researched screening methods for health professionals who work with patients with substance use disorders, (2) You may be able to enter your clinical experiences with increased knowledge and confidence in your application of SBIRT, and (3) You have the opportunity to positively impact the clients/patients/supervisees that you serve and assist in decreasing the costs related to substance use in our society. In addition, you will receive this $50 training free of cost and you will also obtain continuing education credits for completing the training and research activities.

Are there any costs associated with participating in this study?

The only anticipated costs associated with this study would be time and effort.

Is there any compensation for participating in this study?

There is no direct compensation to the participant. However, you will receive this $50 training for free and you will also obtain continuing education credits for completing the training and research activities.

Who will have access to the information collected during this study?

The responses that you provide as part of this study will be accessible by Tiffany Lee, Ph.D., Denise Bowen, M.A., PA-C, Stephen E. Craig, Ph.D., and two graduate assistants. Your answers will be stored in a database with Clinical Tools, Inc., the company that developed sbirttraining.com, until given to the investigators. Your responses will remain confidential by remaining in locked file cabinets in one of the researchers’ offices; once the data has been entered into SPSS for data analyses, the information will be encrypted to further protect your identity and responses. Also, there may be use of a statistician for data analysis. The information provided to this person will be anonymous and have no identifying information.

What if you want to stop participating in this study?

Your participation in this research study is completely voluntary. You may also choose to stop participating in the study at any time and for any reason. You will not experience any prejudice or penalty by your decision to stop your participation. Should you choose not to participate in the study or to withdraw from the study at any time, there will be no consequences. Your data will not be used in the final analysis. The investigator can also decide to stop your participation in the study without your consent.

Should you have any questions prior to or during the study, you may contact:

You may also contact:

  • Chair, Human Subjects Institutional Review Board at 269-387-8293
  • Vice President for Research at 269-387-8298