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Dr. Richey Profiled in University of Indianapolis Newsletter

BHWP’s very own Dr. Richey was awarded the PsyD Alumni of the Year Award for 2015 from the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Indianapolis. She was interviewed in the Fall newsletter where she shared insight into her career decisions and advice for future graduates. To read Rebecca’s profile, click here.

Wellness Tip of the Week

It’s easy to focus only on your home life. Take steps to spend time with external social circles. Maintaining social networks is a primary component of social wellness.

BHWP Team Members Published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research and BMC Public Health

Dr. Chad Morris and Dr. Susan Young have helped write a recent publication in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. The article, “Quitline Outcomes for Smokers in 6 States: Rates of Successful Quitting Vary by Mental Health Status,” looks at data from 6 state quitlines and the reporting of mental health conditions. The article “highlights the importance of evaluating both the mental health status of individuals seeking support for smoking cessation as well as the individuals’ expectations for success because they may need a more tailored intervention.”

Kathie Garrett, MA, TTS-C was also published this week in the journal BMC Public Health. She contributed to an article, “Community-based navigators for tobacco cessation treatment: A proof-of-concept pilot study among low-income smokers,” that looked at smoking cessation treatment navigators. The study concluded “smoking cessation treatment navigators are feasible to study in community settings and are well-accepted for increasing use of evidence-based cessation treatment among low-income smokers.”

Newsletter 2015 – July/August – Social Wellness


Made to Move

Jamie Pfahl, Community Liaison

After months of griping that I never see my friends anymore, I am suddenly squeezing in impromptu happy hours, movie nights, hikes, and dinner parties into a calendar already bursting at the seams with weddings, weekend excursions, and my own personal to-do list. Perhaps it’s something about the immediacy of summer, or the stage of life many of my friends and I are in. Whatever it is, it is both incredibly fun and incredibly tiring.

BHWP Participates in School of Medicine Resilience Council

The Resilience Council is a joint collaboration across departments of the School of Medicine and was established to help School of Medicine faculty, residents, and fellows build resilience, boost well-being and mitigate burnout.

Dr. Cindy Morris represents BHWP and offers a unique wellness perspective, helping to determine what mindfulness and health behavior change strategies best suit different School of Medicine professions.

For more information, see the School of Medicine newsletter here.

Webinar: Integrating Tobacco Cessation Tools and Practices within Behavioral Health Settings

Join the National Behavioral Health Network for the June 23 webinar focused on addressing tobacco use and providing cessation supports for people with mental illness and addictions.

During this webinar, participants will learn about:

  • Making the case for integrating tobacco cessation practices and utilizing tobacco cessation tools within community behavioral health settings
  • Tobacco cessation practice guidelines and evidence-based cessation tools
  • Successes and lessons learned from community behavioral health provider(s) that have integrated tobacco cessation efforts into practice

Tue, Jun 23, 2015 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM MDT

Registration at this link.

National Council for Behavioral Health Calling for Applications

The National Council for Behavioral Health is offering an 8-month Wellness & Recovery Learning Community to reduce tobacco use among adults with substance use disorders. In partnership with the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association and through a Request for Application process, 10 Florida-based substance use provider organizations will be selected to participate in the 8-month learning community.

To apply, go the National Council website.

Training Registration Complete

Registration complete!

You have successfully registered for the Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification (RMTTS-C) Program. A receipt of your payment will be delivered to your email.

We will contact you via email with details regarding the training. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected] or 303-724-6327.

Thank you for choosing the RMTTS-C Program! We look forward to working with you.

Newsletter 2015 – May/June – Financial Wellness


Stumbling on Creativity

Chad Morris, Director

It all started when we stopped with the kids to take a look at the new Apple watches. This sparked discussion about how well Apple as a company is doing financially. Surprisingly, this conversation initiated by my son turned from “when can I buy an Apple watch” to “maybe I should invest in Apple instead of buying a watch.” Heady stuff for an 11-year-old. Both my son and daughter were instantly excited about the “big money” they would have months from now if they owned Apple stock.

This presented an unexpected opportunity to start to talk about the ups, downs, and general gamble involved with investing. We discussed how investments compound over time and the risk levels involved with different investments and savings strategies. And just to let you know, this isn’t a typical conversation for us—we aren’t a family that talks about the latest news in the Wall Street Journal around the dinner table.