Basic Skills Trainings

Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training

Join other health professionals in this one-day training to learn more about nicotine addiction and how to integrate brief, evidence-based tobacco treatment interventions into current practice.  The Basic Skills Training is open to all health professionals, prevention professionals, and community members who are interested in learning more about the burden of tobacco and strategies for intervention and treatment.

The daylong Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training includes: Tobacco prevalence, products and burden; ENDS and Vaping; Motivational Interviewing; Brief Interventions; Tobacco Treatment Medications; and Quit Planning.

The Basic Skills Training is a requirement for those interested in the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice.

2019-2020 Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training Offerings

  • Cancelled: September 17th – Bangor
  • October 1st – Hampton Inn, Waterville
  • January 7th – DoubleTree by Hilton, South Portland
  • March 3rd – Hilton Garden Inn, Auburn
  • May 13th – Hilton Garden Inn, Presque Isle

Start your registration for the Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills Training below or visit the registration page.


Basic Skills Training for Target Audiences

Please note that The Targeted Basic Skills Trainings do not count towards the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice. Please contact, [email protected] with questions about which training opportunity is best for you.

Opportunities for Change: Addressing Tobacco and Nicotine Use in Behavioral Health Settings

A targeted Basic Skills Training for individuals working in the behavioral health setting.

Tobacco use in populations with behavioral health conditions is a critical health disparity. Individuals living with behavioral health conditions are dying 25 years earlier than the general population; most often from tobacco related cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.

Join other behavioral health professionals and MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence Training and Education team for a half-day training to learn more about the health burden of tobacco and nicotine on individuals with behavioral health conditions, real and perceived barriers to providing treatment in mental health and substance use settings, and opportunities for treatment. Moreover, learn how to enhance your existing skills to utilize low barrier strategies that can significantly support patients in reducing their use or quitting use of various type of products.


  • Describe tobacco use prevalence and its burden among persons with mental illness
  • Outline the health effects of tobacco use on individuals experiencing a mental health and/or substance use disorders
  • Explain the strategies that behavioral health professionals can incorporate in their settings
  • Describe the opportunities for use of tobacco treatment medications with the behavioral health population
  • Explore local and national treatment resources
Training Date:

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Addressing Nicotine and Tobacco Use through Prevention, Policy and Treatment Initiatives

A targeted basic skills training for prevention specialists, public health professionals, and policy makers

Join other professionals and the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence Training and Education team for a half-day training.  Learn more about the burden of tobacco and nicotine on communities across the state, tobacco-related disparities, and opportunities for interventions.   The ways that policy development and tobacco treatment support each other will be discussed, including ways to effectively promote and support tobacco free campus policies.


  • Explain the burden of tobacco use across Maine, and its impact on disparate populations
  • Discuss opportunities to have conversations across various settings in which individuals use tobacco
  • Describe strategies for incorporating evidence-based treatment when working with individuals who use tobacco
  • Delineate ways tobacco control interventions impact the health of communities.
  • Describe how tobacco treatment and tobacco-free policies support and enhance each other.
Training Dates & Times:

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