Quitting Tobacco: Best practices using electronic cigarettes

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), is offering an on-line course on the cessation of tobacco use. Complications from chronic tobacco use is a leading cause of death in the United States and in many countries around the world. Proven clinical treatment strategies are available right now that are designed to help people who want to quit with the resources to stop tobacco use. Unfortunately, billions of dollars are spent each year to promote tobacco use and to initiate new smokers to this deadly habit. This course is designed to provide treatment professionals with clinical tools that can assist them in helping their clients to quit tobacco use. It will explain the new phenomenon of vaping and using ecigarettes to quit smoking. It will also clinicians with information regarding the process of obtaining certification as a tobacco cessation specialist. This course will be taught by Steven Horovitz, a Master’s Level, Rhode Island State licensed Chemical Dependency Professional with over 15 years experience providing Substance Abuse, Violence Prevention, Batterer’s Intervention, Mental Health Counseling education and training. Mr. Horvitz maintains strong ties with the substance abuse recovery community. He is the President of Rhode Island CAREs, a community based group of people in recovery from substance abuse; Chairperson of the Rhode Island Division of Substance Abuse Independent Peer Review Committee; A member of the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Drug Court Advisory Board and Domestic Violence Training Committee; the Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Centers Case Management Training Team; and participates in the Rhode Island Batterer’s Intervention Oversight Committee. Mr. Horovitz is currently the Training Director of the NRI Community Services Substance Abuse, Violence Prevention and Intervention programs.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

Understand the benefits of quitting tobacco use.
Understand the “5’ A’s of tobacco treatment.
Understand Stages of Change / Motivational Interviewing and tobacco treatment.
Understand “confidence/readiness” to change.
Understand the use of self help options including Nicotine Anonymous meetings.
Provide tobacco cessation services to special populations including:
Understand the certification process to become a Tobacco Cessation Specialist.

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course, beginning on May 8, 2016. Requirements are:

Required on-line reading (one hour per week)
Completion of pre and post test
Completion of weekly homework assignments (one hour per week)
Participation in the weekly course bulletin board, which requires registration with the ATTC-NE bulletin board.
Completion of an on-line course evaluation
Knowledge of the “vaping” community and how to use v2 electronic cigarettes discounts in the course of smoking cessation.
*Please note that there are no real time events associated with this course. Lessons will be posted on the class WWW home page on Wednesdays and responses are due the following Monday. Assignments can be accessed at the participant’s convenience. The total cost of this course is $40.00. A full refund is available up until the posting of the second lesson (May 18, 2016), after which there will be no refunds.

ACCREDITATION

This four-week course, which begins May 8, 2016, has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for 8 educational credits. It is being provided by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England, which is accr
edited as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider (#000151). This course meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education
credit for MFCC’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE#1917). This course is also approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for eight Category 1 continuing education for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC’s). The CCB is an IC&RC affiliate. Please contact your local certification board to verify reciprocity or acceptance of ATTC-NE contact hours.
To participate, you must have:

An E-mail address and the capacity to retrieve and send E-mail;
Access to World Wide Web (the following programs provide WWW access: Netscape, Apple CyberDog, and Microsoft Explorer)
Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is the preferred browser for ATTC-NE online courses
The ability to navigate the World Wide Web
A basic understanding of how to use a computer and send and receive email

PLEASE NOTE NETWORK AND COMPUTER TECHNICAL SUPPORT WILL NOT BE PROVIDED.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 8, 2006 or when the course limit is re
ached. To register for this course please go to the following WWW site and complete the ‘Tobacco Cessation’ course online registration form. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE
For a list of current ATTC-NE courses, please go to the following site: and click on Distance Education. Please Bookmark this site for future references. Course announcements will be made via the ATTC of New England Online Course Announcement Listserve 6-8 weeks prior to the start of each course. If you would like to be subscribed to this list, please contact Monte Bryant, Program Administrator, at Monte Bryant, or (401) 444-1810. This program is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).