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IBA symposium: commissioning and delivery issues

May 31, 2010

Presentations from the Academy event 'Brief interventions: commissioning and delivery issues'

The AERC Alcohol Academy symposium 'Brief interventions: commissioning and delivery issues' took place in London earlier this year. The seminar aimed to explore challenges in the delivery of brief interventions and responses for improving alcohol intervention approaches.

In particular, discussions identified a need for further clarity over the role 'extended brief interventions'. Although the delivery of simple 'Identification and Brief Advice' (IBA) should be distinguished from 'extended brief interventions', the two do not always appear sufficiently differentiated within current practice. Whilst brief interventions should be ideally delivered in general tier 1 (non substance misuse) settings, 'extended brief interventions' require a greater level of training and may be more accurately described as 'brief motivational interviewing'. A briefing paper was subsequently produced - 'Clariying brief interventions'.

Presentations on the day explored other challenges to the delivery of brief interventions as well as successful responses and commissioning practices for alcohol. 

Presentations: Intro & Identifying challenges

Presentations: What are 'extended brief interventions'?

Presentations: Commissioning IBA within the treatment pathway

Full findings from the online brief interventions survey conducted to inform the day are available in the report 'Results from the survey ‘Brief interventions (IBA): commissioning and delivery issues' [pdf]

The Academy would like to thank the London Joint Action Group (JAG) for alcohol for supporting the event, all attendees and speakers for their contributions and particularly Professor Nick Heather and Don Lavoie for their support and input.