Continuing Education Opportunities


Treating Tobacco in Behavioral Health Settings
Training Conference

For the past ten years, Dr Jill Williams, Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and colleagues have been providing a 2-day CME educational conference in NJ, called Treating Tobacco in Behavioral Health Settings. Although tobacco use rates are high in individuals with mental illness or other addictions, there is evidence that behavioral health professionals  intervene infrequently to offer treatments. Many psychiatrists and other behavioral health professionals report never having received training on evidence-based practices for treating tobacco use disorder. Evaluation of this training has revealed that behavioral health professionals that attend are much more likely to provide a more comprehensive tobacco dependence treatment compared to baseline practices (Williams et al., 2014).

This training is offered periodically. Registration fee includes tuition, handout materials, continental breakfast, continuing education credit and certificate costs.  A copy of the training brochure can be viewed online at  Registration is online at

The training can also be provided onsite in your location for audiences of up to 60 participants.  Continuing educations credits for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and certified counselors are available. For more information contact 732-235-4341 or email Jill Williams at

Williams JM, Miskimen T, Minsky S, Cooperman NA, Miller M, Dooley-Budsock P, Cruz J and Steinberg ML.  Increasing Tobacco Dependence Treatment Through Continuing Education Training for Behavioral Health Professionals. Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/



UMass Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training:

Train the Trainer in Tobacco Treatment (T4) Program

The Train the Trainer in Tobacco Treatment (T4) program is an intensive, interactive 2-day training on how to coordinate and deliver the UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training program.  Qualified applicants who are accepted and complete the training become Certified UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Trainers and are eligible to conduct UMass TTS Training programs at their location. Affiliation with a non-profit agency wishing to train local health care providers or a health care/social service agency wishing to train employees is required.

Applicants must meet educational and professional criteria related to training experience and tobacco dependence treatment. They also must have access to the organizational resources necessary to conduct multi-day trainings, and agree to deliver the training program as a not-for-profit venture and in a manner consistent with the University of Massachusetts’ quality standards. Terms, conditions and fees related to the delivery of each TTS Core Training will be included in the application packet. For more information go to or contact