Smoking and Mental Disorders: Scope, Impact and Strategies to Assist with Quitting

Sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Narrated by Dr Peter Brodrick, Mental Health Medical Director

Learn how smoking affects people with mental and substance use disorders and the clinical strategies used to help smokers quit. This training outlines the 5 A’s counseling strategy, advocated by the U.S Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. It also provides information on pharmacotherapy.

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Continuing Education hours

1.5 Continuing Education hours have been approved for this training by the Minnesota Boards of Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy and Behavioral Health and Therapy. Complete a test and evaluation at the conclusion of the presentation to receive certification of attendance.

Presentation topics

This 80-minute PowerPoint presentation covers:

  • Epidemiology and impact of tobacco use in people with mental illness
  • Biological factors associated with tobacco use and mental illness
  • Treating special populations: depression, schizophrenia and substance use disorders
  • Tobacco treatment: counseling strategies
  • Pharmacologic aids for quitting smoking

Learning objectives and outcomes

You will be able to:

  • Describe the scope of smoking among people with mental disorders
  • Describe the impact of smoking cessation on mental health and substance abuse treatment
  • List and utilize the 5 A’s counseling strategy
  • List the current approved pharmacologic aids

Who should take this training?

  • Licensed psychologists
  • Licensed marriage and family counselors
  • Licensed clinical social workers
  • Licensed professional counselors
  • Licensed professional clinical counselors
  • Licensed alcohol and drug counselors

Who developed this training?

Presentation materials were developed and copyrighted by Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation, which is hosted by the University of California. Training materials were developed by a consortium of researchers and educators and are shared with their permission.

How long will it be available?

This training will be available during 2012.