Treating Tobacco Dependence in Mental Health Settings-  Free 1 Day Workshop

June 2nd, 2015
9:00am - 4:00 pm


This event will teach effective assessment and intervention to address tobacco use in the mental health & addiction treatment setting, will help participants understand how tobacco dependence is a chronic disease, introduce methods to enhance motivation to quit and promote behavior change among tobacco-dependent clients.

Target Audience:

The target audience includes physicians, psychologists, nurses, social workers, counselors, peer counselors, community health workers and/or administrators who provide for individuals with behavioral health (mental illness or addictions) problems and use tobacco.



Jill M. Williams, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at the Rutgers University-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick.  The focus of Dr. Williams work has been in addressing tobacco in individuals with mental illness or other addictions. Dr Williams has developed training curricula for behavioral health professionals and manualized treatments for treating tobacco in mental health settings. “Learning About Healthy Living” is a curriculum developed for those that are ready to quit as well as those that are not ready to quit by moving clients toward a tobacco-free lifestyle.  Although the emphasis is on tobacco, the curriculum also addresses other aspects of healthy living including, healthy eating, physical activity and stress management.  The chapters of this guide are meant to be used in a weekly group treatment (i.e. anxiety group, substance abuse group, etc.) which can be integrated into other treatment approaches. 

Dr. Williams has received research funding from sources including the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and American Legacy Foundation. Her publications have appeared in numerous journals including Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.

6 CEUs ( Optional- Cost $90)
Indiana Professional Licensing Board
The Indiana Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor Board has approved ASPIN to provide Category I Continuing Education for L.S.W., L.C.S.W., L.M.F.T., and L.M.H.C.


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The 100 Pioneers for Smoking Cessation share practical methods with other behavioral health providers to encourage clients to quit smoking.

Recent Articles of Interest

Reassessing the Safety of Varenicline

Maintenance Treatment With Varenicline for Smoking
Cessation in Patients With Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder
A Randomized Clinical Trial

Tobacco Treatment Policy
Model Tobacco-Free Policy