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Register for upcoming webinar with National Council for Behavioral Health

The National Council for Behavioral Health is hosting a webinar, “Acupuncture and Hypnotherapy, Oh My: Alternative Tobacco Cessation Approaches” on Wednesday, August 24 at 3pm EDT.

If you are a healthcare professional addressing tobacco cessation with your clients with behavioral health conditions, this webinar will help expand your tool belt of potential tobacco cessation approaches and practices. Studies have demonstrated that both acupuncture and hypnotherapy may increase tobacco abstinence and encourage treatment retention among participants with co-occurring mental illnesses and addictions.

Newsletter 2016 – July/Aug



Cindy Morris, Clinical Director

As a child of immigrant parents, I learned early to be independent. Not only did I learn to be resourceful out of necessity, I was taught specifically to be self-sufficient. My mother would tell me, “You don’t want to have to depend on anyone—you just never know.” While in theory, this made good sense in my child’s mind—and ultimately my adult mind—it never really worked in practice. For one, close relationships are very important to me. Two, I care deeply for people. And three, it’s fun to engage in interdependent and collaborative relationships.

But old lessons can be hard to unlearn. And, if I’m honest, it is still hard for me to ask for help. Some may even say that I can be controlling because of my desire to do it all myself. There are also other unintended consequences. Being overly self-sufficient can keep me emotionally distant. It gets in the way of creative collaboration. And from being open to receiving. All things that I want to invite into my daily experience.

RMTTS-C Program Training – Oct. 3-6, 2016

Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Program Monday, October 3 through Thursday, October 6, 2016   Training Schedule: Monday, Oct. 3, 2016 8:00a–5:00p Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 8:00a–5:00p Wednesday, Oct. 5,

BHWP Published in the Nicotine & Tobacco Research Journal

Drs. Chad Morris and Susan Young will be published in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Their article, “Characteristics of American Indian/ Alaskan Native Quitline Callers Across 14 States,” focuses on smoking prevalence among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) in relation to the data they examined from National Jewish Health – the provider of telephonic tobacco cessation services for 14 states. The article examines the high prevalence of commercial tobacco use among this group and stresses “the critical need for tailored efforts to better reach AI/AN commercial tobacco users who are considering treatment.”

To read the abstract, click here.

New Study Shows Obese Bodies that Lose Weight May Have Slower Metabolism

The New York Times reported on a new study in the journal Obesity that looked at the metabolism of contestants from the reality TV show “The Biggest Loser.” The study was interested in finding out how the contestants faired after competing on the show. And what they found was that most of the contestants gained back the weight that they had lost. In studying the contestants’ metabolisms the researchers found that the weight gain might have to do with “resting metabolism, which determines how many calories a person burns when at rest.”

The study found that “when the show began, the contestants, though hugely overweight, had normal metabolisms for their size, meaning they were burning a normal number of calories for people of their weight. When it ended, their metabolisms had slowed radically and their bodies were not burning enough calories to maintain their thinner sizes.”

The study helps researchers better understand why people who lose weight have difficulty keeping the weight off.

Read the New York Times article here.

Newsletter 2016 – May/June


In the Flow

Kathie Garrett, Clinical Program Associate

As a Motivational Interviewing (MI) trainer, I spend considerable time coaching others on the spirit and practice of MI. To personalize each workshop, I’m ever searching for the right metaphor, symbol, or story in which to anchor my instruction, one that resonates with the unique culture and spirit of the group being trained.

As it happens, I’ve just spent three weeks on the road crisscrossing the country to lead workshops for an array of healthcare professionals, including a unique group of Native Alaskan Community Health Aides. These are exquisitely trained rural lay healthcare providers who deliver basic medical services and triage to people living in the most remote villages in Alaska. I was actually on the plane en route to Anchorage and still had not found a spiritual symbol consonant with motivational interviewing and my understanding of the life and work of Alaskan community health aides.

NBHN Call for Applications for Two Communities of Practice focused on Tobacco Control

The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control is proud to announce the launch of not one, but TWO Communities of Practice designed to provide support to community behavioral health organizations and state, tribal and territorial agencies seeking to develop or enhance their tobacco and cancer control and prevention efforts for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

To learn more about which Community of Practice is right for your community behavioral health organization or state, tribal, or territorial agency, go to their website.