SAOR II – Screening & Brief Intervention for Problem Alcohol & Drug Use

A one-day, skills-based training course to prepare health and social care professionals (incl. non-addiction specific workers) to implement SAOR Screening and Brief Interventions (SBI) for problem alcohol and substance use. SAOR stands for: Support/Ask & Assess/Offer Assistance/Refer

The SAOR II eLearning programme (90 min) must be completed in advance of the one-day skills practice training and can be accessed via – search for SAOR Screening and Brief Intervention.


  • Connecting with the person
  • Having an open friendly style
  • Having an empathic non-judgemental approach
  • Supporting self-efficacy
  • Informing the person of help that is available

Ask and Assess

  • Asking about alcohol/substance use
  • Eliciting the person’s concerns
  • Establishing the person’s expectations
  • Screening and assessment
  • Observing for withdrawal symptoms
  • Exploring the context
  • Gauging importance and confidence

Offer Assistance

  • Advising and giving feedback
  • Assigning responsibility for change
  • Allowing for a menu of options
  • Agreeing goals


  • Discussing treatment options with the person
  • Making a referral to appropriate services if required
  • Ensuring appropriate follow-up care/support
  • Closing the consultation

Learning Outcomes:

  • On completion of this course, participants should be able to:
  • Apply the theory from the SAOR online module to their practice
  • Identify opportunities to conduct a brief intervention
  • Demonstrate appropriate brief intervention skills using the SAOR model
  • Identify appropriate alcohol and other drugs care pathways

 Dates of Training

Dates:   Thursday 7th May 2020                                   Time: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.          Venue: Cork

Dates:   Wednesday 13th May 2020                          Time: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.          Venue: Kerry

Dates:   Thursday 10th September 2020                  Time: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.          Venue: Cork

Dates:   Thursday 5th November 2020                      Time: 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.          Venue: Cork

How to Apply:

Please see link below for Application Form which should be completed and returned to

Screening & Brief Interventions Application Form