Counseling Points - Treating Tobacco Dependence in Persons with Mental Illness.

The Counseling Points program Breaking Barriers and Implementing Change is designed to build nurses' knowledge of tobacco dependence interventions and the issues around integrating these interventions into clinical practice, with attention to the integral role that nurses play in lowering the rates of tobacco use and promoting health in persons with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. The Significance of Tobacco Dependence in Persons with Mental Illness is part 1 of the 3-part series. Published and mailed to American Psychiatric Nurses Association members in July 2010, this training is now available for a small fee to non-members online!


Provider Training and Resources

from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Tobacco Independence: Freedom from a deadly addiction



Clinician Assisted Tobacco Cessation Curriculum
A comprehensive tobacco cessation education tool that provides not only clinicians and students, but also clinical staff, and peers with the knowledge and skills necessary to offer comprehensive tobacco cessation counseling to patients, clients and consumers who use tobacco. It covers information about the epidemiology of tobacco use, pharmacotherapy, and brief behavioral interventions.

The following versions are also available:

    • The 5 A’s
    • Ask-Advise-Refer
    • Psychiatry
    • Cancer Care Providers
    • Cardiology Providers
    • Mental Health Peer Counselors
    • Surgical Providers


Behavioral Health Care Provider and Peer Consumer training

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Program (BHWP) conducts training and education for healthcare providers (primary care, behavioral health, and psychiatry residents) and Peer Consumers (people with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders) regarding wellness initiatives for persons with behavioral health issues. Multiple training curricula have been developed to address the role of wellness in recovery, integrating wellness into behavioral health treatment, and the unique needs of this population. For more information on the provider training or the Peer-to-Peer training, please contact: Mandy Graves May, MPH Director of Training and Outreach (303) 724-3713 or visit