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Recovery is Community: Tobacco Use in Behavioral Health

February 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Presented by Tony Klein, MPA, NCACII, & Katie Gassner, CTTS

Despite significant progress made in reducing smoking in the general population, individuals with mental and substance use disorders bear a disproportionate burden of tobacco-related illness, disability, and premature death. This training explores the basis for widespread smoking in the recovering community and the bio-psycho-social aspects of tobacco use disorder. The basis of all recovery is hope and a belief that our current circumstances can be improved, managed, and overcome. Learning tobacco-free coping skills is safe, achievable, enhances physical and mental health, reduces social stigma, and contributes to long-term recovery.

Learning Objectives – participants will be able to:

  • Define the origin of prevailing tobacco-related social norms in the recovery and treatment culture.
  • Identify strategy to mobilize the recovery and treatment community to de-normalize tobacco use and support interventions tailored to individuals in behavioral health services.

ONLINE Tuesday, Feb 7 • 12 pm to 1 pm
FREE. Register online.


Free CE credit of 1.0 hour for AMA, ANCC, and LSW/LCW/LPC/LMFT will be offered to those who attend.

Requirements include attendance for the duration of the session and completion of a course evaluation provided at the end of the session.


In support of improving patient care the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.


The University of Pittsburgh designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Mercyhurst University’s Department of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is an approved provider of Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapist and Professional Counselor continuing education by the Pennsylvania State Licensing Board.