Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US and causes more deaths than the primary behavioral disorder in people with behavioral health conditions. Behavioral health clinicians are uniquely positioned to impact this problem which has largely been unresponsive to traditional state tobacco control programs and policies. In this webinar, clinicians will learn brief and intensive evidence based interventions for tobacco users who are ambivalent about quitting, review guideline based counseling interventions and discuss seven FDA medications which double the livelihood of success. We will review emerging literature which indicates improvements in mental health with abstinence from tobacco and indicates modest improvements or at least no harm for tobacco cessation during recovery from other addictive substances.
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Goal: Behavioral health clinicians will more fully understand the deadly outcomes of tobacco use, the tobacco industry's influence in promoting the idea that individuals benefit or are self-medicating with tobacco, and identify clinical and policy interventions which assist people with quitting successfully.
About the Presenter:
Ms. Aubrey is a faculty member and the Director of the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at FSU's College of Medicine. She began working in the area of tobacco dependency in 1999 and since 2007 has received annual contracts from the Department of Health's Tobacco Free Florida program. Since 2014 that contract has focused exclusively on working with behavioral health organizations to incorporate treatment for tobacco dependency along with other behavioral health services. Ms. Aubrey is responsible for the development of Florida's Tobacco Treatment (TTS) Specialist Foundation Course which is one of only 12 nationally accredited programs. The AHEC at FSU COM has trained over 900 health professionals as TTS' and partnered with more than 30 behavioral organizations, including several drop in centers. She trains medical and social work faculty at FSU and students from a variety of health professions programs. She co-authored the Quit Smoking Now group cessation curriculum being used throughout the state of FL and the Operation Tobacco Free Marine group cessation curriculum and facilitator manual being implemented by the US Marine Corps in 2017. In addition to her work in tobacco, she has clinical and administrative experience in mental health, hospice, and executive leadership of community based not for profit organizations.
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