The role of mental health professionals in smoking cessation will be the topic of a graduate colloquium Friday (Dec. 7) at West Virginia University.

Frederick Peterson, coordinator of the Tobacco Use Treatment and Research Consortium with the Veterans Healthcare System of Ohio, will give the 1-2:30 p.m. talk in 512 Allen Hall.

Dr. Peterson holds five academic appointments including several within Wright State Universitys School of Professional Psychology and the School of Medicines Department of Psychiatry.

His talk will discuss current approaches mental health professionals can use with clients who use tobacco including:

  • Effective means of assessing smoke status and motivating clients
  • Key steps in assisting clients with smoking cessation
  • Different roles mental health can have in service delivery

Petersons talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by WVU College of Human Resources and Educations Departments of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology.

For more information, call Justin Boyce, 304-293-3807, ext. 1205.