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Interprofessional training on brief intervention for older adults

Constance L Coogle (Virginia Centre on Aging, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, United States.)
Myra G Owens (Virginia Centre on Aging, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, United States.)

The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice

ISSN: 1755-6228

Article publication date: 11 May 2015




In recent years, Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI) has become increasingly available to older adults who engage in at-risk drinking behaviors. The results of SBI training sessions that targeted hospital-based healthcare providers, as well as mental health service providers in community-based clinics, are reported. The paper aims to discuss these issues.


In total, 93 participants attended SBI active learning training sessions. The responses of physicians/physicians in training about their intentions to apply the information in professional practice and their willingness to recommend the training to others in their profession were compared to practitioners in other professions.


Although there were no differences in terms of commitment to apply the information or level of comfort using the techniques, physicians/physicians in training were less interested in promoting the SBI training among their colleagues.

Research limitations/implications

The results are limited with respect to the number of training participants engaged and the geography entailed, yet implications for addressing barriers to widespread implementation and training challenges are explored.

Practical implications

Although it may be more difficult to promote SBI training in locations that do not primarily provide mental health services, hospitals, and other primary care settings are precisely where training may be most useful.

Social implications

The importance of training approaches to SBI that are disseminated within the context of a public health model of clinical preventive services is highlighted.


Original research is presented to highlight the need to improve training receptivity and facilitate the translation into practice.



The authors wish to acknowledge funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association.


Coogle, C.L. and Owens, M.G. (2015), "Interprofessional training on brief intervention for older adults", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 124-134.



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