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Training and Events

The Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine and its related public health and nonprofit partners frequently offer training, events, and conferences focused on the many different areas of tobacco control and prevention.

These trainings are brought to you by the Center for Tobacco Independence on behalf of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention-Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine.

Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training

These sessions teach professionals how to incorporate tobacco treatment messages into their practices. Evidence-based information on how to conduct Brief Tobacco Interventions will be reviewed, along with discussion of tobacco treatment medications, how to support client/patient motivation, and a review of the “Five A’s” brief treatment intervention model. For more information, click here.

Tobacco Intervention: Intensive Skills Training

This 2-day skills focused session will be highly interactive and participants will discuss comprehensive assessments, develop treatment plans, and practice counseling skills used in intensive tobacco treatment. It will build on knowledge and skills taught in the Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training. With instructor guidance, participants will use elements of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, medication management, and other evidence-based strategies to support effective tobacco treatment. For more information, click here.

Fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing in Tobacco Treatment with Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP

This training explores the fundamental principles of Motivational Interviewing as a collaborative, respectful approach to helping people change health risk behaviors such as tobacco use. Participants will gain an appreciation for the power of helping people resolve their ambivalence about change as a precursor to change and practice the core Motivational Interviewing strategies of asking open-ended questions, offering affirmations, reflective listening, using summarization, responding to sustain talk, eliciting change talk and eliciting a commitment to change. For more information, click here.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Tobacco Treatment with Patricia Burke, MSW, LCSW, BCD

In this session, cognitive theory as well as its therapeutic value for addressing tobacco addiction will be described in brief. Participants will learn ways to identify, deconstruct, and reframe thinking about tobacco use or the process of quitting that reinforce tobacco use behavior. Participants will learn collaborative ways to brainstorm and formulate a behavioral coping plan to manage a tobacco quit. The focus of the session will be on skill building and practice. For more information, click here.

May 4 & 5, 2015 - 2015 Tobacco Treatment Conference

This annual conference brings together nationally and internationally recognized speakers and presenters on a wide array of topics in tobacco treatment, tobacco control policy, new evidence, research, and innovative strategies. Plan to attend and network with colleagues from the tobacco treatment and control community in Maine and beyond.

DoubleTree by Hilton, South Portland, ME

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A series of webinars is being offered by the Partnership for a Tobacco-Free Maine. These webinars will be conducted from 12pm to 1pm. See current schedule below.

October 22, 2014 – Thoughts About Tobacco Treatment Medications, Rebecca Hitchcock, NP, TTS-C: Use of first line medications in tobacco treatment has continued to grow and change since the publication of the P.H.S. Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating tobacco Use and Dependence 2008 Update. This webinar will review some recent changes and ways medications can be used to quit tobacco use as supported by new research and clinical practice.
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November 12, 2014 – Case Studies: A Peek into the Process of Intensive Tobacco Treatment, Martha Seabury, RN, TTS-C: Cases from the former PTM-funded Tobacco Treatment Center will be selected to illustrate some of the typical (and atypical!) situations that arise in the context of delivering intensive tobacco treatment. Martha will demonstrate the use of how Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills can be used to support persons in their quit attempt.
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December 10, 2014 – When a Treatment Plan Goes off the Rails, Maggie Miller, MA, TTS-C and Shaun Taudvin, BS: When treatment goes off the rails, the initial treatment plan has not resulted in a successful quit, but inevitably, some learning has occurred. At this point, two things need to happen: 1) elicit from the client what happened, and; 2) based on the discovery of circumstances around roadblocks, triggers and detours, client and counselor can revise the treatment plan. In the next hour, we will share our ideas for engaging the client in this process of information gathering and generation of a revised quit plan. There will be 10 minutes allowed at the end of the presentation for questions.
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January 14, 2015 – Concurrent Use of Tobacco and Marijuana, Fred Wolff, LADC, TTS-C: In this webinar we will discuss the prevalence of co-use of marijuana and tobacco and its implications for treatment of tobacco dependence. We will explore relative harm of use of these substances, impact on dependence, attitudes and beliefs – and efficacy of co-treating both tobacco and marijuana use disorders.
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February 18, 2015 – Updates on Electronic Cigarettes, Matthew P. Bars, MS, CTTS: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) have attained sales of over $2 billion yet little more is known than when they were first introduced. Despite the all unanswered questions, consumer use continues unabated. Some recent findings may help the tobacco treatment professional navigate a therapeutic and cogent response to the smoking patient interested in e-cigs. The landscape is further complicated with the introduction of so-called "mods". "Mods" or modifications to factory manufactured e-cigs may result in more effective pulmonary delivery of nicotine but also create more uncertainty in an already complicated and uncertain environment. Recent literature in the area will be reviewed with a focus on what does the tobacco treatment profession say and do with this precarious clinical situation.
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March 11, 2015 – Tobacco Treatment with the Behavioral Health Population: Special Considerations, Sandi Kazura, MD: People with mental health and/or other substance use disorders are much more likely to use tobacco than people in the general population, but are just as interested in quitting. Dr. Kazura will discuss case examples of treating tobacco use in people in outpatient and inpatient behavioral health settings. She will provide tips for assessing needs and tailoring treatment to help people be successful with quitting without worsening their quality of life.
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Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training for Students

These sessions educate students in various healthcare disciplines in Maine colleges and universities on how to conduct brief tobacco interventions. Schools include, but are not limited to: Schools of Nursing, Schools of Social Work, Counseling Programs, Dental Hygienist Schools, Respiratory Health Programs, Medical Schools, and Schools of Pharmacy. There is no charge for this program. If you are interested, college program directors and teachers should contact Becky Hitchcock, RN, NP, TTS-C at (207) 662-5888 or email:

Tobacco Treatment Clinical Outreach Program

The Clinical Outreach Program, developed by the Center for Tobacco Independence on behalf of the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, aims to educate a wide variety of health professionals about addressing tobacco in the routine delivery of healthcare services.

CTI and their Tobacco Treatment Educators work to deliver on-site training using an academic detailing model. This program offers in-person, office-based educational sessions focused specifically on tobacco dependence and treatment. There is no fee for this service.

For more information or to schedule a session, contact Linda Craig at 662-7150 or email