Throughout the year, CTI conducts free virtual trainings to support ongoing education in tobacco treatment, prevention and policy change.  The CTI Training and Education Team offers a variety of webinars that allow you to earn continuing education credits and learn without leaving your desk.

If you are not able to join the live webinar, recordings will be made available within one week of the event. Continuing Education credits will only be provided to individuals who attended the live event.

Upcoming Webinar Opportunities:

Brief Solution-Focused Therapy: Applications for Tobacco Use Disorder Treatment

Register – 1.0 CHES Credit & 1.0 CME Credit Available
Date: May 30, 2024; 12pm – 1pm EST; Presenter: Edward J. Perka, Jr., CASAC, NCNTT, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

Brief Solution-Focused Therapy is a short-term therapy that focuses on setting goals and working out how to achieve them. It’s about the future rather than the past and promotes positive change by encouraging the client to focus on what they can do, rather than what they can’t. Traditional techniques tend to focus on exploring problematic feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, and then providing interpretations, confrontation, and client education. In contrast, Brief Solution-Focused Therapy helps clients develop a desired vision of the future where the problem is solved, and then helps the client to marshal the strengths and resources to make that vision a reality. Thus, each client finds his or her own way to a solution based on his or her definitions of goals, strategies, strengths, and resources.

Tobacco Treatment with Low Socioeconomic Status (SES) Populations

Register – 1.0 CHES Credit & 1.0 CME Credit Available 
Date: June 11, 2024; 12pm – 1pm EST; Presenter: Edward J. Perka, Jr., CASAC, NCNTT, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

Since the release of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health in 1964, smoking has become ever more concentrated among populations with lower income. Currently, the highest income Americans smoke at less than half the rate of those with the lowest income. Individuals who smoke and are low income disproportionately suffer from smoking-related disease such as cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Lower-income people spend more, suffer more, and die more from tobacco use.

This webinar will explore ideas for successfully engaging and effectively treating this population. In addition to the standard evidenced-based provision of counseling and medications, we will explore risk and protective factors unique to this population and offer strategies and methods in addition to usual care that may enhance the likelihood of positive treatment outcomes.

Lung Health and Tobacco Use

Register – 1.0 CHES Credit & 1.0 CME Credit Available
Date: July 10, 2024; 12pm – 1pm EST; Presenter: Keith Walker; LCSW, NCNTT of the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

This webinar will explore smoking prevalence and increased health risks associated with smoking and vaping, with a specific focus on lung health. We will examine the links of tobacco use with COPD, lung cancer, and asthma. We will discuss the benefits of becoming tobacco free for individuals with smoking related lung health issues. We will offer beneficial resources for providers for treating tobacco use and addressing its impact on lung health.



Recently Recorded Webinar Offerings:

Smoking from afar: The Dangers of Secondhand and Thirdhand Smoke

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 Presenter: Derek Bowen, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

Smoking tobacco products has long-lasting effects on our own personal health, but in this webinar we will be discussing the negative effects of smoking can have on our loved ones, friends, and even our pets. We will be discussing what secondhand and thirdhand smoke is, how to prevent it, and the impacts it has on our health. The truth is that a nonsmoker can still be at risk for various cancers and infections due to secondhand and thirdhand smoke, so it is crucial to know what we can do to keep our health in our own hands.

Empowering Teens: Strategies for Tobacco Treatment and Medication Support

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Presenter: Edward Bender, DO; MaineHealth Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

This webinar will discuss the unique and potentially life-long risks of tobacco use in adolescence along with considerations for the opportunities for lasting change from tobacco prevention and/or treatment with teens. We will also explore means of enhancing motivation to change, and treatment methods for teens, including what is known about medications.

Products on the Shelves: An Overview of the Tobacco & Nicotine Products Available Today

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Presenter: Bonnie Carleton, MCHES, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

We will describe the popular tobacco & nicotine products that are available to consumers today, as well as the known and potential health risks that they cause. We will also examine the history of tobacco products and how they’ve been marketed throughout the years. Participants will have opportunities to join the conversation, ask questions, and share ideas with the group.

Mindfulness and Empathy: Pathways to Healing

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Presenter: Keith Walker LCSW, TTS-C, NCNTT, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

This presentation will explore the practice of mindfulness and empathy as useful means in treating Tobacco Use and other substance use disorders. We will look at how cognitive patterns and emotional wounds lead to self-destructive addictions. We will review some of the research validating the role of mindfulness, empathy and compassion in counseling, focusing on tobacco treatment.

Tobacco Use Burden in Maine – Past, Present, and Future

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Presenter: Tim Cowan, MSPH; Director, Community Health Surveillance and Evaluation at MaineHealth

In this presentation, we will examine how the prevalence of tobacco/nicotine dependence in Maine compares to other regions in the country- both within demographic groups as well as within counties that have similar socio-economic and demographic profiles as counties in Maine.  We will also examine changes in tobacco use over time.  Through all of these lenses, we will assess successes with reducing the burden of tobacco among Maine residents as well as identify current challenges and opportunities for future efforts.

Co-Occurring Disorders: Considerations for the Treatment of Tobacco Use in Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders

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Presenter: Edward J. Perka, Jr., CASAC, NCNTT, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

Tobacco Use Disrder treatment may be complicated in clients with Co-occurring Disorders. Tobacco use disorder is frequently seen alongside other concurrent substance use disorders and mental health disorders. Providers often struggle with questions such as “what constitutes a co-occurring disorder” and “which condition should be treated first” and “how do other substance use and mental health disorders affect tobacco treatment?” In this webinar, we will explore these questions and others. We will establish some guidelines to consider when treating tobacco use in clients with co-occurring disorders. We also will examine evidenced-based treatment approaches that have been shown to be successful with this population. And finally, we will describe some of the resources and programs that are available for treating tobacco use in clients with co-occurring disorders.

Amplifying Awareness and Disrupting Stigma: Strategies for Increasing Lung Cancer Screening Uptake

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Presenters: Staff Scientist Liz Scharnetzki, PhD and Physician Scientist Neil Korsen, MD, MSc of the MaineHealth Institute for Research and the Maine Lung Cancer Coalition

This webinar will cover the evidence supporting lung cancer screening with low dose CT scans and will describe the progress in implementation in Maine. The talk will also cover the stigma associated with smoking and lung cancer and describe the ways in which stigma negatively impacts outcomes across the lung cancer control continuum, including the uptake of lung cancer screening.

Health Literacy 101: What It Is, Why It’s Important, and How to Incorporate it into Conversations About Tobacco & Nicotine Use

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Presenter: Bonnie Carleton, MCHES, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

Join us for an informative webinar about health literacy and how it can be incorporated into conversations about tobacco & nicotine use with patients/clients. Participants will learn about health literacy, why it’s important, and some health literacy principles. We will discuss several studies about health literacy and how it impacts tobacco use, treatment, prevention, and quit attempts. Health literacy can improve patient understanding, self-efficacy, compliance, and health outcomes.

The Maine QuitLink: Innovating to Increase Connections

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Presenter: Amy Giles, Senior Program Manager, Maine QuitLink – MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

The Maine QuitLink continues to seek out novel approaches for providing flexibility and choice, as well as low barrier access, to Mainers who want to quit tobacco or vaping. Please join Amy Giles as she highlights recent enhancements to the phone coaching program and reviews the Maine QuitLink’s new digital treatment service, Rally Coach.

Providing Tailored Tobacco Treatment Services – Offering the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program in Maine

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Presenters: Thomas Ylioja, MSW, PhD, National Jewish Health and Sarah Rines, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

Cigarette smoking is more common among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people than almost any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. To support this population, the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program was established in 2015 by National Jewish Health, in collaboration with state quitlines, members of the American Indian community, and commercial tobacco control experts. As of July 2023, this innovative, evidence-based program has been integrated within the Maine QuitLink, allowing individuals to access this service and provides an opportunity for engagement with the American Indian community. Join this informational webinar to learn more about the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program and the implementation of this resource in Maine.


Completed Webinar Recordings

  • Environmental Impacts of E-Cigarettes: Watch Recorded Webinar 
  • A Tailored Treatment Approach for Teens: One Year of Maine’s My Life, My Quit Program: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • E-Cigarettes and Maine Youth: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • Counseling in Tobacco Treatment: The Intersection of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Transtheoretical Model of Change: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • Understanding Barriers and Opportunities to Reduce Tobacco Use and Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Maine Veteran Population: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • Tobacco Smoking and Smoking Cessation Treatment for Criminal Justice Population: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • Concurrent Treatment of Tobacco Use Disorder and Other Substance Use Disorders: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • Brief Solution-Focused Therapy – Applications for Tobacco Use Disorder Treatment: View Recorded Webinar
  • The Global Tobacco Epidemic: Prevalence, Health Burden, and Strategies for Prevention, Control, and Treatment around the World: View Recorded Webinar
  • Navigating the Ever-Changing Landscape of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems in Tobacco Treatment, Prevention and Control: A 2022 Update: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • Tobacco Tips and Tricks from My Time as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Working at the Bedside, in an Out-Patient Clinic and Over the Phone: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • Tobacco Treatment Medications for Psychiatric Patients: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • Secondhand and Thirdhand Smoke Impact on the Latino Community & Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • Tobacco and Other Substance Use Disorders: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • What’s up with the C in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy): The Role of Thinking with Tobacco Use and Tobacco Quit Webinar: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • A Social Psychological Approach to Ending Health Stigma: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • The Road to Certification: All About the Training Pathway for the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice: Watch Recorded Webinar
  • Unsafe in any Form: The Health Risks of Tobacco Products Other Than Cigarettes: Watch Recorded Webinar

Please check our calendar for additional professional development opportunities and sign up for our e-newsletter to be notified when additional webinars are scheduled.