Webinars

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.

Upcoming Webinar Opportunities:

Counseling in Tobacco Treatment: The Intersection of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Transtheoretical Model of Change

Register –  1.0 CME Available
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023, 12-1pm; Presenter: Edward J. Perka, Jr., CASAC, ICADC, NCTTP – MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

The two main components of effective Tobacco Use Disorder treatment are Counseling and Medication. This webinar will focus on the counseling aspect of treatment, specifically, when and where (and why) to employ strategies tailored to the current needs and goals of the patient.  To accomplish this, we will look at the intersection of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and the Transtheoretical Model of Change. The goal of counseling is to engage the patient. Engagement means that a client is involved in a process where his or her own needs, preferences, and abilities are balanced with your professional interventions to create a positive outcome.

Tobacco Smoking and Smoking Cessation Treatment for Criminal Justice Populations

Register –  1.0 CME Available
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 12-1pm; Presenter: Pamela Valera PhD, MSW, NCTTP –  Department of Urban-Global Public Health, Rutgers University School of Public Health

Evidence-based smoking cessation treatment programs for people with criminal justice histories remain understudied and undervalued. This presentation provides background information concerning tobacco smoking behaviors of criminal justice populations and provides examples of smoking cessation treatment interventions that have been implemented in a prison setting.

Recently Recorded Webinar Offerings:

Tobacco Needs Assessments for New Mainer Communities

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Presenters: April Hughes, MPH, PS-C; Val Johnstone; Abdikadir Negeye, MA,BA, MHRT/C; and Candace Johnson

In the Fall of 2021, the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI) put out a Request for Funding Proposal for partners across the state who would be interested in assessing tobacco use and exposure of secondhand smoke within Maine’s immigrant communities. The purpose of this initiative was to collect information on beliefs of New Mainer individuals, families, and communities about tobacco, then evaluate it to better inform tobacco prevention and control efforts in Maine. Chosen grantees were encouraged to evaluate a number of social factors that could be impacting these attitudes and beliefs around tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure, including but not limited to culture, gender, healthy behaviors, and access to health services. CTI funded four organizations to pursue this work across Maine: AK Health and Social Services, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, Maine Immigrant & Refugee Services, and Portland Public Health. During this presentation, each of the four grantees will share how data was collected, they will compare themes, and they will share next steps on how the research will inform future programmatic strategies.

Treating Tobacco Together: Intensive Skills Training – The Main(e) Points

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Presenter: Edward J. Perka, Jr., CASAC, ICADC, NCTTP – MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

In order to effectively treat Tobacco Use Disorder, a healthcare provider requires a specific combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities, along with affirmative attitudes, values, and beliefs that support them in this important and challenging work. Many providers already have key foundational attributes and abilities such as compassion, empathy, and genuineness, as well as engagement skills, counseling theory, and experience with substance use disorders. Building on these strengths that are already present, CTI’s Treating Tobacco Together: Intensive Skills Training provides participants with an advanced level of tobacco specific information that is necessary to treat tobacco use disorder in our clients and patients with competence and confidence. This webinar will outline the main areas and key points of Intensive Skills Training, and will inform you of what to expect should you elect to participate in this training.

Understanding Barriers and Opportunities to Reduce Tobacco Use and Exposure to Secondhand Smoke Among Maine Veterans

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Presenter: Patricia Hart, MS, CPH – Hart Consulting Inc

In March 2021, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI) enlisted Hart Consulting’s services to understand more about tobacco use among Maine’s veterans. The discovery project included three components: focus groups with veterans, key informant interviews with veteran service organizations, and a web scan of state and federal resources for veterans on tobacco use. This presentation will share the findings from the project including Maine veterans’ experiences with tobacco use, interest in stopping the use of tobacco, membership support for not allowing smoking in veteran social clubs, and advice on best ways to connect with veterans.

Essential Skills Training – The Main(e) Points

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Presenter: Edward J. Perka, Jr., CASAC, ICADC, NCTTP – MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

In order to effectively treat Tobacco Use Disorder, a healthcare provider requires a specific combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities, along with affirmative attitudes, values, and beliefs that support them in this important and challenging work. Many providers already have key foundational attributes and abilities such as compassion, empathy, and genuineness, as well as engagement skills, counseling theory, and experience with substance use disorders. Building on these strengths that are already present, CTI’s “Treating Tobacco Together: Essential Skills Training” provides participants with the basic level of tobacco specific information that is necessary to treat tobacco use disorder in our clients and patients with competence and confidence, and will inform you of what to expect should you elect to participate in this training.

Concurrent Treatment of Tobacco Use Disorder and Other Substance Use Disorders

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Presenter: Edward J. Perka, Jr., CASAC, ICADC, NCTTP – MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

Tobacco and other substances, including alcohol, opioids, stimulants, and cannabis, are often used in conjunction with each other. The prevalence of comorbid tobacco and other substance use is associated with a wide range of deficits in physical, psychological, and behavioral outcomes. This webinar will provide an overview of the various underlying mechanisms contributing to comorbid tobacco and other substance use, and will present a rationale for treating tobacco use disorder and other substance use disorders concurrently.

Completed 2021-2022 Webinar Season Recordings

  • 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

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