Our mission is to improve quality of life by facilitating evidence-based health behavior change for communities, organizations, and individuals. As experts on health behavior change, we believe passionately in the power of education and awareness – by increasing the knowledge base, skills, and mindfulness of individuals or organizations, we can purposefully and effectively bring about positive change.

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Tip of the Week

Wellness Tip

Check out the Centers for Disease Control’s “Healthy Living” page, which provides material on various health topics, including information for specific populations and various life stages.

Wellness News

April 23, 2018

Peer-to-Peer: Behavioral Health Groups Help Smokers Quit

Ray McKelligott took two drags of a “snipe” cigarette after months of not smoking, and moments later was in the hospital, his heart failing. It was a nearly impossible habit to kick after almost 30 years puffing two packs a day.

“Skull and crossbones, baby,” he said. “Two drags—boom, I was gone. That’s how deadly cigarettes are.”

McKelligott, who’s also been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, now maintains the strength to stay healthy by encouraging others who desire to quit, serving as a peer advocate at Butte County Behavioral Health’s The Hub in Paradise and facilitating a smoking cessation group held noon-1 p.m. every Thursday.

Health professionals have found programs led by former smokers-turned-advocates to be a vital part of an effort to decrease smoking rates among disenfranchised populations, including those with mental illness.

Read more here.

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November 15, 2017

The Great American Smokeout Tools & Resources

Take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event coming up on November 16! Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit. By quitting – even for 1 day – those who smoke will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

Tools and Resources 

Information provided by the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California San Francisco

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In the Flow

KATHIE GARRETT, M.A., Clinical Associate

I completed my first MI training in 1995, and, like many newly trained MI practitioners, my first goal was to temper my “righting reflex” or that burning desire to correct my client’s “wrong thinking” with education and persuasion and replace it with a stance of expectancy. A few days after the training, I had the opportunity to try this new approach. I found myself counseling Becca (not her real name), a young breast cancer patient. Like me, Becca was in her 30’s, a writer, and the mother of an adolescent. I learned from her that she had recently been diagnosed with high grade, stage III breast cancer and was refusing conventional medical treatment. She was amazingly resolute in her conviction. The words, “poison, toxic, and deadly,” scurried off her tongue in what sounded like a well-practiced and comfortable monologue.

Although I honestly attempted to be curious, within minutes, my righting reflex was fully activated. I found myself thinking of all the reasons why Becca needed to pursue treatment accompanied by my certainty of illness progression and death if she did not. My judgment arose in part from my knowledge of the aggressive nature of breast cancer in younger women and my belief in evidence-based cancer treatment, but it was also energized by my identification with Becca. In fact, when I looked at her, it was hard to not see myself, my eleven-year-old son, and my own mortality.

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Registration Open for Two BHWP Trainings

Registration is currently open for the following two BHWP Trainings. Both trainings will be held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

We will be hosting our Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change – Level II training on July 31 & August 1, 2018.

This two-day intensive training will focus on advanced application of Motivational Interviewing (MI) for health care professionals, including methods for strategically eliciting and strengthening change and commitment talk, decreasing and managing discord, and deepening skills of engagement and evocation.

Register for the July 31-August 1, 2018 training

More information on the Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change Training Program

The next RMTTS Training will take place from October 15-18, 2018.

Tobacco Treatment Specialists are an indispensable facet of healthcare organizations’ tobacco cessation services. Join the growing number of tobacco specialists working across the nation. This comprehensive program consists of 3 full days of training and one day of testing. Upon completion, you will be eligible to achieve the advanced certification of Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

Register for the October 15-18, 2018 training

More information on the RMTTS Training Program

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