Credits listed below are for full attendance at the two day event only.  If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval.  For other credit inquiries please contact Thomas Rieser at (401) 846-4150 at  Please check approvals below for full attendance requirements.  At the conclusion of the seminar, each qualified attendee will be handed a certificate of attendance. 

The content of this training has been approved and meets full requirements of the following professional organizations for twelve (12) clock hours:  Rhode Island Board for the Certification of Chemical Dependency Professionals (LCDP), RI Mental Health Counselors Association (LMHC), and American Association for Respiratory Care. (Respiratory Therapists).

The content of this training is pending approval for the provision of 12 CEU’s or CME’s for the following professional organizations:  National Association of Social Workers:   [Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), Approved Continuing Education Program: American Nurses Credentialing Center, and Pharmacists.


$300.00 – Early registration by 2/1/2015

$320.00  - standard fee paid by 2/15/2015

$225.00 – student early registration by 2/1/2015

$250.00 – standard student rate by 2/15/2015

 (Printable registration form at bottom of page)

 This training addresses the need for providers in allied healthcare services, mental health and behavioral health to be fully informed and trained in the provision of tobacco cessation services to maximize the health and well-being of their patients.  This comprehensive curriculum has been developed through the University of Massachusetts, School of Medicine, Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training.  This skill set will empower addiction and allied healthcare professionals to integrate evidence-based best practice interventions for tobacco use and cessation into existing prevention and treatment programs.  This 12-hour curriculum contains 10 modules that cover the many aspects of tobacco-free chemical dependence services.

Donna Levesque, B.Ed., CAS, LADC1, CTTS-M, UMass Certified TTS Trainer has over 3 decades working in the field of addictions and education.   Ms. Levesque has 16 years experience in providing direct Tobacco Treatment service and was the project lead on developing and implementing a  comprehensive weekend retreat, “A Weekend Away, We Came to Quit.”  In 2010 Ms. Levesque became the Program Coordinator for the Rhode Island Statewide Community-Based Tobacco Cessation Program for uninsured and underinsured smokers in Rhode Island. Under the auspices of Tri-Town Community Action Agency and the RI Tobacco Control Program.  Ms. Levesque has been conducting trainings at an international, national, state and local level for over 20 years.

Thomas C. Rieser, MSW, LCDP, CTTS-M, UMass Certified TTS Trainer, has over three decades of experience working in the field of addictions and behavioral healthcare.  He completed his Master of Social Work at Temple University in 1981.  He has been working with CODAC Behavioral Healthcare since 2002.   Between 2008 and 2012 he worked with Dr. James Prochaska at the University of Rhode Island, Cancer Prevention Research Center, assisting with research utilizing the ‘Transtheoretical Model’ in population-based studies that included tobacco use and cessation.  He has provided training for ‘Integration of Tobacco Treatment in SA and MH Services’  through the Rhode Island Drug and Alcohol Training Association (DATA) and trained staff in ‘Basic Skills for Working with Smokers’ at the Newport Hospital, psychiatric unit and partial hospitalization programs.

Scott Pelletier, BS, CTTS-M, CCTP, LADC II, CMA, has over fifteen years of experience working in the field of addictions and behavioral healthcare.  In 2014 he was certified as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Master Level, through the University of Massachusetts, School of Medicine, Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training (CTTRT).  Between 2005 and 2013 he worked at Community Substance Abuse Centers as an addiction counselor and Tobacco Education Coordinator (TEC). While there, he provided education and training to staff while providing tobacco cessation services to opiate dependent patients. In 2003, he joined CODAC Behavior Healthcare and is currently Clinical Supervisor for Tobacco Treatment Services of Rhode Island, providing tobacco cessation services to Newport Hospital’s psychiatric unit and partial hospitalization programs, on site services to Pawtucket Housing Authority and Rhode Island residents receiving treatment for addiction.

Modules & Objectives

 The Tobacco Problem:

· Discuss the history of tobacco use in the U.S.

· List types of tobacco products and nicotine delivery devices

· Describe tobacco use prevalence

· Discuss components of comprehensive tobacco control

Health Consequences of Smoking:

· List the leading causes of death in the United States

· Describe the anatomy, ingredients, and byproducts of a cigarette and smokeless tobacco

· Discuss the effect of tobacco on the various systems of the body

· Discuss tobacco effects specific to women, children and infants

· Discuss the relationship of smoking and behavioral health

· Describe the effects of 2nd hand smoke (ETS)

· List the health benefits of quitting smoking and tobacco use

Understanding Tobacco Use Disorder:

· Describe the Biopsychosocial Model

· List the key features of nicotine dependence as defined by the DSM V

· Describe nicotine withdrawal sigs and symptoms

· Apply the use of accepted measure of nicotine dependence

· Principles of Behavior Change:

· Describe the social learning model and how it applies to tobacco use

· Discuss the reasons that providers find it difficult to intervene with a person who uses tobacco

· Define and describe the Stages of Change model as it applies to tobacco use

Talking with Clients about Their Tobacco Use:

· Describe principles of patient-centered communication

· Define the 5A model of tobacco treatment

· Provide brief interventions for tobacco use

· Describe the concept of cultural competency and why it is a critical component of effective counseling

Using Pharmacotherapy to Help Your Clients Quit Smoking:

· Describe various types of NRT available, how they work and general guidelines for use

· Explain how bupropion works and how it is to be taken

· Explain how varenicline works and how it is to be taken

· Apply knowledge to the use of pharmacotherapy to 10 hypothetical clients

Intake, Assessment and Treatment Planning:

· Describe the process and content of an intake interview

· Identify psychological, environmental and social factors related to tobacco use

· Identify strengths and barriers to quitting

· Assess readiness to quit

· Develop a treatment plan or referral

Creating an Environment Supportive of Tobacco Treatment Services:

· List the major guidelines available to guide efforts at institutionalizing tobacco treatment

· Describe 3 levels of cessation intervention

· Describe systems strategies that support tobacco treatment

· Name and describe 5A’s

· Identifying methods for creating change within an organizational environment

· Complete an action plan to take back to your workplace that will help guide togbacco treatment planning efforts

Tobacco Control Resources and TTS Certification Information:

· List resources available to tobacco treatment specialists

· Identify key resources in tobacco control

· Describe the Tobacco Treatment Specialist certification process

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