Integrating Tobacco and Nicotine Issues into Group Treatment: Making Connections

Sponsored by BSAS: 

This workshop will focus on group treatment approaches for addressing tobacco use with adults, young adults and youth in substance use treatment settings. We will review various formats for tobacco group treatment and explore ways to integrate tobacco issues into other treatment groups including, but not limited to: relapse prevention groups, anger and/or stress management groups, health & wellness groups, life skills groups, women’s groups, men’s groups, trauma recovery groups, and parenting groups. We will review evidence-based reasons for addressing tobacco dependence in SUD treatment, the bio-psychosocial factors involved in tobacco use and tobacco use treatment and strategies for working with individuals in different stages of readiness to quit.

Target audience:
This workshop is aimed at anyone who is currently providing group treatment in a substance use disorder treatment program, including but not limited to tobacco education and/or treatment groups. This workshop is also relevant to clinical supervisors and program directors. Some familiarity with motivational interviewing is helpful, but not required.

​​Upon completing this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify research rationale for intervening with tobacco users with mental health and substance use disorders.
  • Review impact of tobacco use on medications used by people with mental health conditions.
  • Identify relevant bio-psychosocial factors in tobacco use that can be integrated into other groups such as stress management, trauma recovery, or parenting.
  • Design and get feedback on a tobacco awareness group outline that participants can use in their programs. 
  • Explore and apply methods for integrating education and treatment into group treatment.
  • Identify next steps for utilizing information gained in this workshop. 

Sponsored by: MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services, Institute for Health and Recovery & AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.


Louise Katz, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. and Kristina Fenn Silver, M.A
Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:00pm
Attendance Mode: 
In Person
Tobacco Education and Treatment
Beechwood Hotel
363 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605
Contact Information
Emelie Tenander
AdCare Educational Institute, Inc.
Training Coordinator