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To register by check or purchase order:

Basic Skills online course or TTS Core Certification Training 


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Basic Skills for Working With Smokers  

TTS Core Certification Training Program 

Tobacco Treatment Specialist Scheduled Trainings 

Basic Skills for Working with Smokers Online Course 

Description: This is a self-paced online course designed as an introduction to the basic concepts needed by professionals who are working with tobacco users. It is intended for health workers who want to be well-grounded in the theory and practice of working with clients who have a tobacco dependency.

The course consists of eight modules: The tobacco problem and public health perspective; Exploring barriers and facilitators to change; Developing an understanding of addiction; Using pharmacotherapy to help your clients quit smoking; Talking with clients about their tobacco use; Health consequences of smoking; Creating an environment supportive of tobacco treatment services; and Resources. Learners will be required to read all the material, complete exercises at the end of each module and successfully pass a short post-test at the end. Learners should expect to spend at least 12 hours mastering the material in this course.

As of November 3, 2006, we have added a ninth module on Intake, Assessment and Treatment Planning. This is a short module designed to provide MassHealth clinicians with the tools and resources necessary to conduct a 45 minute Intake, Assessment and Treatment Planning session with their MassHealth clients. While required for all MassHealth clinicians, we encourage all Basic Skills students to review and complete the module.

Note that;  For persons registering for the Basic Skills Online Course on July 1, 2007 and after,  you will have six (6) months from the time you register to complete the course. 

We offer 11 to 12 continuing education units (CEUs) for RNs (12), Certified Health Education Specialists (12), social workers (12), certified substance abuse counselors (CAC, CADAC, LADC) (11), Registered Respiratory Therapists (12 CEUs accredited by AARC) and Registered Dental Hygienists (12). You should have signed up for these CEUs when you enrolled in this course. If you did not, you may call the registrar at 508-856-1671 to request CEUs. Note that CHES must pay an additional $24 for the 12 CEUs, payable after you complete the course.To request CHES CEUs, or if you have questions about the other CEUs, please call the course administrator, Beth Ewy, at 508-856-2935 or email her at beth.ewy@umassmed.edu. 

There was no entity that provided commercial support for the development of this non-traditional (online) educational program. Learning objectives and content is presented without bias of any commercial product or drug.

Online Cost: $125.

This course is a prerequisite for the Core Certification course described below. 

To register with check or purchase order for the Basic Skills Online Course, see the link in the box on the right. Please note that you must print out this registration form and then follow instructions to mail or fax the form in with your payment.

To register online by credit card, click the link in the box on the right.

Tobacco Treatment Specialist Core Certification Training 

Description: This is an intensive 5-day program designed to help tobacco treatment providers master the necessary core competencies for providing evidenced-based treatment for nicotine dependency. Modules include: Biology and pharmacology of nicotine dependence; Counseling theory and practice; Treatment strategies; Working with smokers with medical conditions; Working with smokers with substance abuse and mental health disorders; Intake, assessment and treatment planning. A description of these modules can be found by clicking here

Please note that you must be tobacco-free for six months prior to training.
Frequency:
Fall and Spring
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Worcester, MA. For information about hotel accommodations and transportation, click here.
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Thursday and Friday 8.30am - 1.30pm
Cost: $800 for Massachusetts residents; $950 for out-of-state residents. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast and lunch each day.


Upcoming programs: 

Spring 2009 course: March 30 - April 3, 2009 - Register by March 9, 2009

Fall   2009 course: September 21 -25, 2009 - Register by August 31, 2009

Click here  to view detailed agenda 

To register by check or purchase order: See the link in the box above. Please note that you must print out this registration form and then follow instructions to mail the form in with your payment.
To register online by credit card: Click the link in the box on above. You also may call the course registrar at 508-856-5499 or toll-free at 1-877-234-1673 to register for the Core Certification course.
Important note: Basic Skills for Working with Smokers must be completed at least 2 weeks before starting core training. At this time you must take Basic Skills online, and you must have completed Basic Skills or be registered for it before you will be allowed to register for Core Certification training.
For more information about this course: Contact Beth Ewy at 508-856-2935, beth.ewy@umassmed.edu , or Denise Jolicoeur, 508-856-5886, denise.jolicoeur@umassmed.edu .

Continuing Education Programs for Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists

These continuing education workshops have been developed but due to budget cuts will not be offered in FY 2006 and FY 2007. Call Beth Ewy at 508-856-2935 to check on future availability.

Title: Marketing for the Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Description: This 5-hour course presents practical applications of marketing theory that are relevant to the delivery of tobacco treatment programs. In particular, the subjects of target market identification, consumer behavior, product/service mix strategies, marketing communications, relationship marketing, and development of marketing plans will be presented and discussed. Participants will be introduced to marketing theories, and will be shown examples of how these particular theories are executed within a service context. In addition, participants will be presented with a format which can be used for the development of a marketing plan.

The goal of this course is to provide Tobacco Treatment Specialists the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and implement a marketing plan to attract tobacco users and influencers of tobacco users to tobacco treatment programs.

Title: Smoking and Schizophrenia
Description: This half-day workshop is designed to help tobacco treatment specialists understand the nature of schizophrenia-symptoms, diagnosis and treatment-and how smoking may change symptoms and cognitive functioning in patients with schizophrenia. Treatment implications and strategies for working with schizophrenic smokers will also be addressed.

The goal of this workshop is to help participants understand the nature of schizophrenia--symptoms, diagnosis and treatment--and how smoking may change symptoms and cognitive functioning in patients with schizophrenia. Treatment implications and strategies for working with schizophrenic smokers will also be addressed.

Title: Stress Reduction and Relaxation for the Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Description: This full day workshop presents the principle and practical applications of mindfulness meditation, self awareness and relaxation techniques that are relevant to the delivery of tobacco treatment programs, and highlights the importance of the individual active participation in their process of health and healing.

Participants will engage in a first hand introduction to MBSR, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, its methodology and approach to learning, growth, and human development. The program is based on a rigorous and systematic training in mindfulness and its application to the process of quitting smoking and relapse prevention. Participants will actively practice stress reduction techniques - meditation, deep breathing, visualization, yoga - throughout the day.

The goal of this workshop is to provide Tobacco Treatment Specialists the knowledge and skills necessary to apply mindfulness meditation stress reduction principles in their own lives and in the lives of those trying to quit smoking or maintain abstinence.

Title: Enhancing Tobacco Treatment: Understanding the Recovery Process from Other Substance Abuse
Description: This full-day workshop will examine the key processes involved when a person recovers from substance dependence (alcoholism/drug abuse). Routes to recovery, treatment programs, 12 Step programs and the ways in which tobacco treatment specialists can link with and build upon these programs will be discussed. Current research will be presented which provides evidence of the importance of quitting smoking in recovery. Timing of the quit attempt, monitoring of the quit attempt, and relapse prevention for dual disorders will be discussed. Finally, relevant case examples will be used to facilitate group discussion and resource sharing.

The goal of this workshop is to provide Certified TTSs with knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding recovery from other substances and the practical implications for treating tobacco users who are in recovery.

Title: Communicating Across Boundaries: A Cultural Competency Workshop
Description: Based on the framework from the National Asian Women's Health Organization, this full-day workshop is designed to help tobacco intervention and treatment specialists to better reach, educate and serve diverse populations. Through a variety of interactive methods including discussion, role-play, and individual reflection, we will explore these topics: What is Cultural Competency; Beliefs and Barriers; and Culturally Competent Communication and Outreach Strategies. The workshop will also include a panel discussion with speakers from diverse communities throughout Massachusetts. Audience participation is required.

The goals of this workshop are threefold: (1) To increase the participant's knowledge of cultural competence in the context of tobacco treatment, (2) To provide skills that will increase the participant's ability to provide culturally competent tobacco treatment services, and (3) To build the communication and outreach skills of tobacco treatment specialists in working with culturally diverse clients.

Title: Teaching Strategies for the Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist
Description: This is an interactive, full-day workshop designed to provide participants with teaching strategies that will enhance tobacco treatment services. Information provided includes adult learning theory, cooperative learning activities, icebreakers, wrap-up activities and developing an instructional plan which includes goals, objectives and learning strategies. Audience participation is required.

The goal of this workshop is to provide Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists with teaching skills to facilitate the development and delivery of more effective group and individual tobacco treatment programs.