Our President and CEO, Fred Muench, served as a Keynote speaker at this year’s Inebria Conference, which took place last week in New York City. The theme of 2017 conference was “Screening and Brief Intervention at The Intersection of Research, Policy and Practice: Advancing Knowledge and Meeting New Challenges.”
Muench’s keynote presentation focused on redefining what is meant by “brief intervention,” through use of digital communications to supplement traditional in-person services. He also discussed key opportunities to adapt care over time for families of loved ones who are struggling with an addiction.
The overarching goal of the conference is to present research findings and promote further development of screening and brief intervention (SBI) research. Attendees focused on implementing and scaling up what works, while finding new approaches to address unhealthy alcohol and drug use that are feasible, effective and sustainable. Muench highlighted that parents are an underutilized resource in screening and intervention.
Inebria is an international network of researchers, policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders interested in the potential of brief interventions in health and other settings to reduce the harms produced by alcohol and other drug use. It aims to provide global leadership in the development, evaluation and implementation of evidence-based practice in the area of early identification and brief intervention for hazardous and harmful substance use.