The Conversation Guide for Delivering a Trauma-Informed Brief Intervention

The link between childhood trauma and substance use disorders is well-documented in the literature. This resource acknowledges that link and is intended to help healthcare providers deliver a brief intervention for substance use using a trauma-­informed care approach. Whether you are well-versed in the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) process, or just looking for an effective way to address substance use concerns with your patients, this guide provides practical examples to facilitate that conversation. The left column provides scripts and concrete strategies to move through the brief intervention process, while the right column provides considerations to ensure trauma-informed care principles are integrated into the delivery.