The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Tobacco Control and Prevention Program is pleased to announce a free online Continuing Medical Education (CME) course offered through The University of California San Diego School of Medicine. This accredited course, titled Tobacco Cessation and Behavioral Health, focuses on the persistent problem of tobacco dependence among persons with mental health and/or addictive disorders.
As a group, persons with mental health and/or addictive disorders make up nearly half (200,000) of all tobacco-related deaths in the United States each year, and continue to face a traditionally lack of tobacco cessation treatment by behavioral health providers. Despite common misconceptions, research shows that smokers with co-occurring psychiatric and/or addictive disorders want to quit, are able to quit, and that quitting does not threaten their recovery.
This course provides behavioral health and primary care providers with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to assess and treat their patients with tobacco dependence and co-occurring psychiatric and/or addictive disorders. In addition to learning how to successfully help their patients quit smoking and ultimately make a difference in reducing the disproportionate tobacco-use dependence among persons with co-occurring and/or addictive disorders, participants can also earn AMA/AAPA/APA/BBS/BRN/NAADAC credits towards their continuing medical education. Mental health and substance use disorder providers and counselors are encouraged to register for this great opportunity!
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