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.

2020-2021 Webinar Offerings:

Integrating Tobacco Use Interventions into the Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders

Date: September 15, 2020, 12-1pm     Presenter: Edward Perka Jr, CASAC, ICADC, NCTTP – Tobacco Treatment Educator, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

This webinar addresses the challenges presented when treating patients with tobacco use disorder who also have a co-occurring substance use and/or mental health disorder. Topics covered include the prevalence and impact of tobacco use on people with co-occurring disorders, basics of neurobiology of mental health and substance use disorders, evidence-based tobacco treatment interventions, and pharmacotherapy.

2019-2020 Recorded Webinars

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Tobacco Use and Trauma-Informed Treatment Approaches

Completed – View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Jennifer Noel, LCSW, NCTTP – Tobacco Treatment Educator, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

It is known that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with an increased risk for addictions later in life. This webinar will explore the topic of childhood adversity and trauma and their association with tobacco use disorder, including how the issue looks in Maine. The webinar will further discuss trauma-informed treatment considerations for working with those who use tobacco and may have a history of childhood adversity.

What Can I Say? Crucial Conversations from the Maine Tobacco HelpLine

Completed – View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Fred Wolff, LADC, NCTTP – Tobacco Treatment Educator, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence & Emily Freeman – Maine Tobacco HelpLine

Engaging tobacco users can be challenging and rewarding. Conversations with clients can take unexpected turns, in response to heart-felt, crucial questions and statements from those seeking to quit the use of tobacco. In this webinar, we will share with you actual (de-identified) participant statements, and examples of how the HelpLine counselors responded to those statements. Our goal is to increase your confidence and competence when working with people with tobacco use disorder.

The Maine Tobacco HelpLine is a free, professionally staffed resource that can assist tobacco users in Maine to make a quit plan and quit for good. The Tobacco Treatment Specialists on the HelpLine are highly trained to respond to a variety of participant concerns and situations.

Tobacco Use Disorder and Serious Mental Illness: Considerations and Opportunities for Treatment

Completed – View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Victoria Hynes, LCSW – Tobacco Treatment Training & Education Program Manager, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

Tobacco use in populations with behavioral health conditions is a critical health disparity.  Moreover, patients with severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, are three times more likely to smoke than the general population. While smoking is a modifiable risk factor, many individuals with SMI typically are not treated for tobacco use disorder

This webinar will explore the burden of tobacco use among individuals SMI, including the tobacco industry’s influence, culture of treatment of tobacco use disorder, and misconceptions about treatment.  Additionally, this webinar will explore opportunities and possibilities for treatment through evidenced based models and case studies.

Smoking is Ruff on Pets and Children: Dangers of Secondhand Smoke

Completed – View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Karina Alexander – Tobacco Treatment Training & Education Program Coordinator, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

One cigarette can contain almost 600 ingredients and when burned, that same cigarette releases over 7000 chemicals. While cigarette smoke can cause a myriad of problems to adult smokers such as heart disease, pulmonary disease, asthma and lung cancer, secondhand and thirdhand smoke can cause a host of problems to both pets and children. This webinar will guide participants through the dangers and potential health problems associated with cigarette smoke and e-cigarette aerosol on kids and animals, and encourage participants to engage in quit efforts for both themselves and/or patients.

Introduction to Global Tobacco

Completed – View Recorded Webinar (0.5 CME available for recorded webinar viewing through 6/30/2020)
Presenter: Karina Alexander – Program Coordinator, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing more than 8 million people a year around the world. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke, according to WHO International. This webinar will provide an introduction to commonly used tobacco around the globe and provide resources for clinicians and providers to aid in treating tobacco.

Taking Care of Yourself: Utilizing Self Care Strategies to Address Stress and Burnout

Date: Tuesday, May 6th, 2020 – Noon to 1pm Presenter: Edward Perka Jr, CASAC, ICADC, NCTTP – Tobacco Treatment Educator, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

Working with individuals with tobacco use disorder and helping them to start living a tobacco-free life can be very rewarding. It can also be challenging and frustrating at times. Although many providers in healthcare are familiar with the concept of self-care, that is, paying attention to your own mental, physical, and spiritual selves, and indeed encourage their clients or patients to embrace the concept, some may find it a challenge to put the concept into practice in their own lives. In this webinar, we will explore some of the ways that providers can make it a priority to walk the walk and model self-care for their clients and patients, and we will discuss how to use supervision to effectively deliver evidenced-based tobacco interventions.

Webinar Series: ENDS- Local and National Perspectives on Prevention and Treatment


Part 1: The Rise of E-Cigarettes: What Are They, Who’s Using Them and What Can We Do To Protect Youth and Young Adults?

Completed – View Recorded Webinar
Presenter: Brian King, PhD, MPH – Deputy Director for Research Translation, Office on Smoking and Health, NCCDPHP

This presentation will describe the evolving landscape of e-cigarettes and other electronic tobacco products in the United States, including patterns of use among youth and adults, discuss the impact of these products, including JUUL, on individual and population level health in the United States, and outline population-based strategies that can be implemented to minimize the risks of e-cigarettes on public health, particularly for youth and young adults. All planners, faculty, and others in control of the content of this educational activity have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (i.e., commercial organizations).

Part 2: E-cigarette Cessation: State of the Science and Treatment

Completed – View Recorded Webinar
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 12-1pm;   Presenter: Amanda Graham, PhD – Chief of Innovations, Truth Initiative

Building on the first webinar in this series, this presentation will focus specifically on cessation. As e-cigarette use among young people has exploded, teachers, school administrators, clinicians, public health professionals, and parents have struggled to find quit vaping resources. HR and benefits professionals have wrestled with how to handle e-cigarette use at the workplace. This presentation will summarize the available evidence about e-cigarette cessation, and describe population-based strategies to support e-cigarette users of all ages in their efforts to quit vaping.


Previously Recorded Webinars

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