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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 Trainings

On-Going

The Basic Skills Training teaches professionals how to incorporate tobacco treatment messages into their professional practices. Evidence-based information on how to conduct Brief Tobacco Interventions will be reviewed. The training is a pre-requisite for attendance of the annual Intensive Tobacco Treatment Training and Conference offered each spring.
Registration Coming Soon!

Tobacco Intervention Basic Skills Training for Students

On-Going

The Basic Skills Training teaches students how to incorporate tobacco treatment messages into their future professional practices. This training curriculum is being offered to all Maine colleges and universities which train students in the field of healthcare including, but 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: hitchr2@mainehealth.org

Intensive Tobacco Treatment: Training and Conference

This annual event is conducted to educate professionals on how to deliver intensive tobacco treatment.  This training, along with the Basic Skills Training, are prerequisites for applying for certification in Maine as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS-C).  The Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training is a prerequisite to attend this training. This year’s Conference has been divided into two parts.  The main conference (Part A) will include presentations and an array of topics by national and state experts and will be held on May 4th-5th, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland, ME. Part B (Skills Training) will focus on practical skills training and will be held on May 6th and 7th at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland, ME. All are welcome to attend both part A and B. However, those wishing to apply for certification (TTS-C) in the state of Maine must attend both parts (A and B).  For any questions, please feel free to contact Becky Hendrix at 662-7122. Note: to attend Part B, one must have attended this year’s Part A or Part A from a previous conference during the past two years.
Save-the-Date coming this Fall.


Fundamentals of Motivational Inteviewing 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.

Prerequisite: None
Target Audience: Any healthcare and/or teaching professional in Maine
Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Location: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME
Time: 8:30–3:30
Registration Fee: $60.00 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) Registration Coming Soon!

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, challenge, 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.

Prerequisite: None
Target Audience: Any healthcare and/or teaching professional in Maine
Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Location: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME
Time: 8:30–3:30
Registration Fee: $60.00 (includes continental breakfast and lunch) Registration Coming Soon!


Webinars

A series of webinars is being offered by the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine.  These webinars will be conducted from noon to 1PM. Here is the current schedule:
Registration Coming Soon!

10/22/2014 - New Tobacco Treatment Medications on the Horizon - Rebecca Hitchcock, RN, NP, TTS-C
11/12/2014 - Case Studies: A Peek Into the Process of Intensive Tobacco Treatment - Martha Seabury, RN, TTS-C
12/10/2014 - When Treatment Goes off the Rails - Shaun Taudvin, BS and Caitilin Walsh, MA, TTS-C
1/14/2015 – Concurrent Use of Tobacco and Marijuana - Fred Wolff, LADC, TTS-C
2/11/2015 – Updates on the Electronic Cigarettes - Matthew P. Bars, MS, CTTS
3/11/2015 – Tobacco Treatment with the Behavioral Health Population: Special Considerations - Dr. Sandi Kazura, MD

For additional events, please go to the Maine Prevention Calendar.

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 method offers in-person, office-based educational sessions focused specifically on tobacco dependence and treatment. There is no fee for this service.  For more information, contact Anthony Massarelli at (207) 662-7140 or email: masseraa1@mainehealth.org