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


CHOICES: Consumers Helping Others Improve Their Condition by Ending Smoking

CHOICES is an exciting consumer-driven program for smokers with mental illness in New Jersey. Our goal is to increase awareness of the importance of addressing tobacco use and to create a strong peer support network that encourages mental health consumers to make a positive healthy lifestyle change by addressing smoking and tobacco use.

CHOICES is innovative because it employs mental health consumers, called Consumer Tobacco Advocates, to deliver the vital message to smokers with mental illness that addressing tobacco is important and to motivate them to seek treatment. The Consumer Tobacco Advocates provide their peers with information about the consequences of smoking, issues regarding smoking and mental illness, and options available to make quitting easier. They visit mental health centers, self-help centers and health fairs to communicate with and educate consumers about their smoking. They also provide resources about places in New Jersey where smokers with mental illness can receive tobacco dependence treatment.

As the Consumer Tobacco Advocates increase awareness among consumers about the relationship between smoking and their overall wellness, many consumers have come to terms with their desire to quit. Their clear message about the need for tobacco-cessation services and treatments will drive public policy on this issue more than any other force.



Treating Patients with Substance Use Disorders Who Are Also Tobacco Users: Performance in Practice and SA Activity

This activity is designed to improve the competence, performance, and patient outcomes of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners and other health care professionals. Learners will determine individual practice gaps and address them through a performance improvement plan. Learners will assess and evaluate performance techniques used in their practices. from American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) Catalog

AAAP Member: Free

Non-AAAP Member: $350

20 CME Credits

20 Nursing Credits

20 PA-CME Credits

20 IPCE Credits

20 Other Professionals Credits

8 ABPN-MOC-2 (Self-Assessment) Credits

20 ABPN-MOC-4 Credits


Smoking Cessation for Persons with Serious Mental Illness

The presentation will cover the science of how cigarette smoking injures personal health, the epidemiology of smoking, what therapies can assist smokers to quit, and special issues regarding smokers with behavioral health conditions. It will also review what is known about the emerging issues of vaping and health and COVID-19 and smoking. Free

  • Credits CME:1.0, NCPD:1.0, Psychology CE:1.0, Social Work CE:1.0, Participation:1.0





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