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QC conducts SBIRT training to prevent substance abuse

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Quezon City recently conducted a Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Providers Training for officials from public junior high schools, doctors and focal persons from the National Drug Education Program (NDEP), social workers, psychometricians, and psychologists. The training took place from April 19 to 21, 2023, at Tanza Oasis Hotel and Resort, in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) RenewHealth, and the QC Anti Drug Abuse Advisory Council.

The SBIRT Providers Training aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of participants in addressing substance abuse issues, particularly among the youth. With substance abuse posing significant risks to individuals and communities, this training provided a crucial opportunity to equip professionals with effective strategies for early detection, intervention, and referral to appropriate treatment.

The three-day training covered a wide range of topics related to substance abuse prevention and intervention. Participants engaged in interactive sessions, workshops, and role-playing exercises to enhance their understanding of SBIRT principles and techniques. They learned how to identify risk factors and warning signs of substance abuse, conduct screenings, deliver brief interventions, and make appropriate referrals for further treatment and support.


The participation of public junior high school officials, NDEP doctors and focal persons, social workers, psychometricians, and psychologists highlighted the multidisciplinary approach necessary to address substance abuse comprehensively. Each professional group brought their unique expertise to the training, fostering a collaborative environment and encouraging the sharing of best practices.

The SBIRT Providers Training not only equipped participants with practical skills but also fostered a deeper understanding of the underlying factors contributing to substance abuse. It emphasized the importance of a holistic approach, taking into account social, psychological, and environmental aspects that influence substance abuse behaviors.

By investing in the professional development of these individuals, Quezon City aims to enhance its capacity to address substance abuse issues effectively. Through early detection, timely intervention, and appropriate referral to treatment, the city hopes to minimize the impact of substance abuse on individuals, families, and communities.

The Department of Health, USAID RenewHealth, and the QC Anti Drug Abuse Advisory Council remain committed to supporting initiatives that promote substance abuse prevention and treatment. Through continued collaboration and training programs, they aim to build a network of skilled professionals dedicated to addressing substance abuse effectively and ensuring the well-being of Quezon City residents.

As Quezon City strengthens its capacity to address substance abuse, it sets an example for other communities to follow. By investing in training and support systems, cities can create a more resilient and empowered society, free from the clutches of substance abuse and its detrimental effects.

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