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Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention with Christy Johnson


Christy Johnson enters your office after having had a minor car accident. As part of your examination, you conduct an alcohol screening with Christy. Using the NIAAA Guide, determine whether Christy is at risk for abusing alcohol and determine the appropriate resources needed for her risk level.

Many adults drink at high levels that contribute to physical, mental, and social stress and issues in their life. It is important for health practitioners to properly assess at-risk behaviors that can often go undetected. Effectively screening a patient on their alcohol use and potentially staging an intervention can be essential to the success of changing their alcohol usage.


& Students


6 - 8

Average Time
per Session

15 - 45

Teaching Objectives:

  • Assessing a Patient's Risk for Alcohol Abuse
  • Using Patient-Centered Communication
  • Covering NIAAA Recommended Brief Intervention Topics

Included in Training:

  • A Training Guide with information on conducting alcohol screening and brief interventions using NIAAA guidelines.
  • A Simulated Conversation with a varied character to prepare learners to identify different risk levels for alcohol abuse.
  • Comprehensive Feedback during and after each play to help guide skill development.

This training was developed in collaboration with The University of Wisconsin-Madison and in accordance with standards set by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).


Allen-Kingsland, B., Humm, L., Olsen, D. E., & Trimmier, C. (2016). Using a simulated patient to train healthcare providers in screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment techniques for alcohol abuse. SIMmersion. Read More

Fleming, M., Olsen, D., Stathes, H., Boteler, L., Grossberg, P., Pfeifer, J., Schiro, S., Banning, J., & Skochelak, S. (2009). Virtual reality skills training for health care professionals in alcohol screening and brief intervention. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 22(4), 387-398. Read More