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Overlooked Addictions: Tobacco

March 30 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am


Spring Mental Health Series (virtual trainings):

Tobacco is dangerous – and so are the myths surrounding it. Those dangers disproportionately affect people with mental health and addiction issues, leading to a life expectancy as much as 25 years shorter than their peers. Despite these grim outcomes, behavioral health providers often view tobacco as a less important treatment priority. However, quitting not only improves physical health, it also supports recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. For the best interest of their clients, behavioral health and other service providers have an important and urgent role to play in helping people quit.

As a result of this presentation, attendees will:

– Understand why tobacco poses a greater risk to people with mental health and addiction issues and the role behavioral health providers can play in helping people quit.

– Know myths and facts about tobacco as it relates to mental illness, addiction and recovery.

– Learn about local, state and national resources to support yourself or others in quitting tobacco.

About the trainers:

– Bonita Schrock, LCSW, is Oaklawn’s Chief Clinical Officer, responsible for maintaining high clinical standards and adherence to leading evidence-based practices across multiple service lines and four campuses. She is leading Oaklawn’s efforts to become a fully tobacco-free organization.

– Sandi Pontius is the Tobacco Education Coordinator for St. Joseph County at Saint Joseph Health System. Sandi has been in tobacco control in multiple roles for almost ten years. She is passionate about the social justice issues that surround tobacco, especially how the industry targets youth, low-income, and minority populations. Sandi also facilitates the free Courage to Quit program.

– Adrienne Thomas, BS, is the Project Manager of Tobacco Control of Elkhart County at the Elkhart County Health Department. She has 19 years of experience in public health and five years working in tobacco control. She is passionate about preventing and reducing tobacco use, especially among youth and working with Hoosiers to quit.


– 8-9:15 a.m.: Presentation

– 9:15-9:30 a.m.: Q&A

Attendees who complete this training will receive 1.0 CEU. Training is free, but registration is required. For questions or more information, email alicia.sisk@oaklawn.org.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvdemgrDwoEtWCkSHKV40h9qaELs16_PuE


March 30
8:00 am - 9:30 am