Beginning a Conversation with Adult Psychiatric Clients about Marijuana Use
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The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) method could be adapted by a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) to begin a conversation with an adult psychiatric client about marijuana use. The SBIRT method involves using a standard screening tool to assess for drug use and then using the information from the assessment to have a conversation with clients about the risks associated with their drug use. Peplau’s theory of interpersonal relations is discussed as the foundation for establishing a therapeutic relationship with a client in order to discuss a personal issue such as marijuana use. The limitations of the SBIRT approach will be reviewed and areas of discrepancy in the literature, with regard to marijuana, will be presented.