Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Brief Intervention

  • The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST)-Linked Brief Intervention for Hazardous and Harmful Substance Use manual is developed by the World Health Organization Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. This manual a model for behavior change and describes how to use the ASSIST screening procedure and conduct brief intervention with clients who use substances. Although the primary audience is primary health care, this manual can also be useful to health-care providers across the care continuum.   


  • The Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBRIT) website is created in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. The website provides information and tools designed to support clinicians to implement SBRIT processes.  For more information please visit:


  • The Screening and Brief Intervention video, produced by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, provides an overview on how to screening individuals for substance use and provide brief intervention with clients who use substances across care settings.  (
Addiction and Mental Health
Engaging Clients who Use Substances
Point of Care Resources