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Free Recorded Webinar and 2.5 CE Credits

Tobacco Dependence Treatment and Behavioral Health

The California Smokers’ Helpline is pleased to offer this free course, Tobacco Dependence Treatment and Behavioral Health.

The purpose of this course is to provide mental health and substance use disorder professionals the knowledge necessary to assess and treat tobacco dependence in smokers with co-occurring psychiatric and/or addictive disorders.

Complete the form today and you’ll be able to watch the webinar and download the course materials. You can also take the course for 2.5 free CE credits. The following credits are being offered: CA BBS, APA, ASWB, CAADE, and CME.

Release Date: June 27, 2016 | Expiration Date: June 26, 2019

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Target Audience

This course is designed for primary care providers and behavioral health professionals interested in the most current research and effective interventions surrounding tobacco dependence treatment and behavioral health.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe population-based trends of tobacco use among smokers with co-occurring mental health and/or substance use disorders.
  • Discuss the factors in mental health and addiction treatment settings that have served to maintain tobacco use in populations with mental health and/or substance use disorders.
  • Identify and implement evidence-based treatment for treating tobacco dependence.


Robin L. Corelli, PharmD

Robin_Corelli.jpgRobin Corelli is a Licensed Pharmacist and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at the UCSF School of Pharmacy who has been actively involved in tobacco cessation-related education, practice and research endeavors on a state, local and national level since 1998. Dr. Corelli’s activities include development, evaluation, and dissemination of effective tobacco cessation training programs for health care providers; training and education programs to promote brief smoking cessation interventions by healthcare providers in a variety of healthcare settings; and provision of smoking cessation counseling to individuals enrolled in group cessation programs in Orange and San Francisco counties. Dr. Corelli has co-coordinated a comprehensive tobacco cessation training program, Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation, for students in the health professions.

Gary Tedeschi, PhD

Gary-Tedeschi-200x227_10-15.jpgDr. Tedeschi is a licensed psychologist (#PSY 14241) at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, Moores Cancer Center. He has worked there since 1994 as the Clinical Director of the California Smokers' Helpline and the Center for Tobacco Cessation. At the Helpline he is responsible for clinical supervision, counseling protocol development, counselor training, and continuing education. At the Center he provides technical assistance and training for medical and behavioral health professionals on tobacco cessation interventions. Dr. Tedeschi also has several years of previous clinical experience providing psychotherapy for individuals, couples and groups in settings including community mental health, psychiatric in-patient, and university counseling centers. He teaches graduate courses in counseling part time and maintains a small practice in consulting psychology. Dr. Tedeschi holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri, Kansas City; an M.A. in counseling psychology from Boston College; and a B.A. in psychology from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Lesley C. Phillips, MPH

LeslieCopeland.jpgLesley Phillips is the Training Manager of the Center for Tobacco Cessation. She is responsible for the development and coordination of all trainings and CTC resources. She joined the California Smokers' Helpline in March 2013 as a Staff Research Associate. She has over eight years of experience in public health, including health education, research, and community outreach. Prior to her work with the Helpline, she did research and developed educational programs in a variety of settings including a college campus and a rural African community. She earned her B.A. in History from Occidental College and M.P.H. in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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UC San Diego Accreditation Statement
The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA: The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.5 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

NURSES: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (report up to 2.5 hours of credit and list "CME Category 1" as the provider number).

UC San Diego Disclosure Statement
It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Persons who refuse or fail to disclose will be disqualified from participating in the CME activity.

UC San Diego Cultural and Linguistic Competency Statement
This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UC San Diego CME website.

Mental Health Credit Designation Statements
CE Learning Systems designates this enduring material for a maximum of two and a half credits (2.5) for the following groups:

Psychologists: California Smokers’ Helpline continuing education co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems, LLC is approved by American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counselors and MFTs: This event will be accepted by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences based on American Psychological Association (APA) approval. Thus, counselors and MFTs who qualify for CA BBS credits can receive credit for this course.

Social Workers: CE Learning Systems, service provider of CE-credit.com, is approved by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASWB) ACE to provide continuing education courses. CE-credit.com parent organization, CE Learning Systems, maintains responsibility for the courses. Also, this event will be accepted by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences based on American Psychological Association (APA) approval. Thus, social workers who qualify for CA BBS credits can receive credit for this course.

Addiction Professionals: California Smokers’ Helpline continuing education co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems has been approved to offer Continuing Education credit for Certified Addictions Treatment Counselors (CATC) and Certified Clinical Supervisors (CCS) in accordance with the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE). (Provider # CP40 957 H 0217).

Planning Committee

Gary Tedeschi, PhD
Clinical Director, California Smokers’ Helpline
University of California, San Diego
Moores Cancer Center

Kristin Harms
Communications Manager, California Smokers’ Helpline
University of California, San Diego
Moores Cancer Center

Lesley Phillips, MPH
Training Manager, Center for Tobacco Cessation
University of California, San Diego
Moores Cancer Center

Review Committee

Sharon Cummins, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

University of California, San Diego
Beth Olagues, MPH, CHES
Program Consultant, California Tobacco Control Program
California Department of Public Health
Catherine Saucedo
Deputy Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center
University of California, San Francisco
Steven Schroeder, MD
Director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

University of California, San Francisco