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.

2019-2020 Webinar Series

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

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 – Noon to 1pm     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

Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – Noon to 1pm     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.

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

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – 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.

Not Your Father’s (or Mother’s) HelpLine! An Update on Exciting Changes to the Maine Tobacco HelpLine

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Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – Noon to 1pm     Presenters: Fred Wolff, LADC, NCTTP – Tobacco Treatment Educator, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence & Shaun Taudvin, Lead Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Maine Tobacco HelpLine

In addition to the traditional pathways to treatment that have helped Maine residents to quit tobacco since 2001, some new, innovative barrier-free technologies and processes have been added to the Maine Tobacco HelpLine (MTHL) services

Join us to learn about the HelpLine’s new text-to-quit, web-based treatment, online self-registration and other innovations.  The core telephone-based service and medication voucher program will continue….but now there is so much more!

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

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020 – Noon to 1pm     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

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020 – Noon to 1pm     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.

Use of Tobacco & Nicotine Products in Maine:  Identifying Opportunities for Action

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Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 – Noon to 1pm     Presenter: Tim Cowan, MSPH – Director – Health Index Initiative, MaineHealth

In this webinar, Tim Cowan will review data on past and current tobacco and nicotine use, and quitting behavior in Maine.  He will use multiple frames of reference to help the audience identify where we have made progress in reducing tobacco use and where we have not.  Of particular focus will be reviewing data from the 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey- both tobacco products and vaping products.  In turn, this will help the audience identify opportunities for taking action to reduce the burden of tobacco dependence in Maine.

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

Join the MaineHealth Center For Tobacco Independence for a 3 Part series: ENDS- Local and National Perspectives on Prevention and Treatment. Spanning the course of three months, this series will discuss prevention opportunities, treatment considerations and resources, as well as stories from professionals across Maine as they navigate the changing world of tobacco products. Please stay tuned as we finalize speakers and dates!


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