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Tobacco Treatment Training and Certification

Maine is a Leader in Treatment Training & Interventions

Taking the lead in training and interventions throughout the state is part of continued efforts by the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine to lead the nation in tobacco control. Part of teaching best practices in the delivery of brief interventions and treatments for tobacco dependence has been accomplished through trainings conducted by PTM's treatment initiative.

Tobacco Intervention Basic Skills Trainings


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 to the new two-day Intensive Skills Training, which is different than the annual two-day conference, which does not have any prerequisites now.

Tobacco Intervention Basic Skills Training for Students


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: [email protected]

Tobacco Intervention: Intensive Skills Training

This two-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. To register:

2015 Tobacco Treatment Conference

The 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. The conference will be held on May 4-5, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland, Maine.

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 Linda Craig at (207) 662-7150 or email: [email protected].

Fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing in Tobacco Treatment

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, empathetic reflection, using summarization, eliciting and responding to change talk and eliciting a commitment to change. To register:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Tobacco Treatment

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 and 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. To register:



A series of five webinars is being offered by the Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine. Click here to see the schedule.

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