Annual Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Conference

This annual conference brings nationally recognized speakers and local experts together to discuss a wide array of tobacco treatment and prevention topics, new research and innovative approaches to tobacco control. It also provides an opportunity to network with other tobacco treatment professionals from across the state. Attendance at the conference is required for those seeking the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice.  Read more about the 2019 conference in our registration announcement (4/10/19) and download the conference brochure for additional information.

2019 Annual Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Conference – June 17 – 19th

DoubleTree by Hilton, South Portland, Maine


Shifting the Tide: Addressing Tobacco in the Behavioral Health Setting

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Marc Steinberg

Dr. Marc Steinberg is a clinical psychologist, and the director of the Tobacco Research & Intervention lab at Rutgers University. He is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. His research focuses on tobacco use and dependence, including tobacco dependence treatment development, tobacco use in smokers with psychiatric comorbidity, the relationship between smoking and task persistence/distress tolerance, and motivational interviewing as an approach to encourage smokers to make a quit attempt. As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, he also trains clinicians in the use of motivational interviewing.

Pre-Conference Workshop (June 17th, 12pm-4pm): Treating Tobacco Dependence in Behavioral Health Populations*

Individuals with behavioral health concerns are more likely to smoke and less likely to quit as compared to those in the general population. This workshop will cover pharmacological and psychosocial approaches to treating tobacco dependence with emphasis on issues relevant to smokers with psychiatric comorbidity. The objectives of this workshop are to: 1)  discuss how to address tobacco use in smokers with psychiatric comorbidity who are not yet ready to quit, including by using skills consistent with motivational interviewing, and 2) to discuss how to address tobacco use in smokers who are motivated to quit, and 3) to allow for the practice new skills.

This session is intended for individuals who are providing tobacco treatment, particularly those who are in the process of pursuing or planning on pursuing the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice.


Full Day Conference (June 18th, 7:30am-4pm)

Agenda (in development):

7:30-8:30am: Registration, Networking & Gold Star Standards of Excellence Awards

8:30-8:45am: Welcome & Opening Remarks (MH CTI & Maine CDC)

8:45-10am: Keynote Address: Addressing tobacco should be a priority in behavioral health settings* (Marc Steinberg, PhD)

10:00-10:15am: Break

10:15-11:15am: Plenary: “There’s no law that states I can’t smoke cigarettes while I’m pregnant:” Challenges to addressing tobacco use in vulnerable populations* (Katherine Gold, MD, MSW, MS)

11:15-11:30: Break/Travel

11:30-12:30: Highlighting Tobacco Prevention and Control Work in Maine

  • Breakout A* (Behavioral Health Track):
    • Tobacco Treatment in the Behavioral Health Setting:  Perspectives from an IMAT program (Debra Poulin, LCSW, John Nelson, LADC & Don McNally, DO)
    • Tobacco Treatment in the Behavioral Health Setting: Perspectives from the Behavioral Health Integration Program (Stacey Ouellette, LCSW and Jenn Robbins, LCSW)
  • Breakout B (Maine Lung Cancer Coalition/Maine Tobacco HelpLine Track):
    • What you should know about the Maine Tobacco HelpLine (Shannon O’Brien & Melanie Perry)
    • Integrating Tobacco Treatment within Lung Cancer Screening Programs: A pilot study (Neil Korsen, MD, MSc & Katherine Ryan, PhD)
  • Breakout C (Prevention Track):
    • Legislative Advances & Challenges of the 129th Legislative Session: Implications for Tobacco Prevention and Control in Maine (Lance Boucher & Hilary Schneider, MPP)
    • Nicotine Use & Dependence: Implications for Adolescent Development and Treatment (Deborah Q. Hagler, MD)

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch (on site)


  • Breakout D* (Behavioral Health Track): Nicotine Replacement Therapy- Safety information and considerations for treatment in the behavioral health setting (Jonathan Fellers, MD)
  • Breakout E (Behavioral Health Track) Addressing Tobacco Use in People with Serious Mental Illness: Current Best Practice and Novel Approaches in Smoking Cessation and Harm Reduction. (Meghan Santos, LICSW)
  • Breakout F (Prevention Track): Implementation of a Comprehensive Tobacco-Free Workplace Intervention in Behavioral Health Agencies: Practical Guidance and Lessons Learned from the “Taking Texas Tobacco Free” Program (Lorriane Reitzel, PhD, FAAHB & Bryce Kyburz, MA)

2:30-2:45pm: Break/Travel

2:45-3:45pm: Plenary: Nicotine, Tobacco and Cannabis Use in the Digital Age: Psychosocial Influences on Smoking and Multiple Health Risk Behaviors Among Young People (Erin Vogel, PhD)

3:45-4:00pm: Closing (Kristen McAuley, MPH & Victoria Hynes, LCSW


Sessions highlighted with an asterisk* are required for the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice.

Post-Conference Workshop (June 19th): Teen Vaping, Juuling, and E-Cigarette Use: What’s the Buzz

Continuing Medical Education: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust, Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine, and Maine Center for Tobacco Independence. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.