Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program

Tobacco Treatment Specialists are professionals who possess the skills, knowledge and training to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for tobacco dependence across a range of intensities in different contexts, treatment modalities and among different tobacco using populations.

The Roswell Park Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program is intended to prepare all levels of health professionals to provide effective, evidence-based treatment for tobacco dependence across a range of intensities and populations. Our Training Program is fully accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs and is the first accredited site in New York State. Our training program curriculum is divided into manageable lessons delivered in fun, creative ways to help you retain knowledge and build skills needed to interact therapeutically with tobacco users.

Event Details

Dates: January 20-24, 2020

Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily

Location: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
665 Elm St
Buffalo, New York 14263

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Continuing Education Credits

The Roswell Park Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program currently offers pre-approved continuing education credits for (CASAC/CPP/CPS) and (CHES/MCHES) for 40 hours. See descriptions below:

NYS OASAS Education and Training

Roswell Park’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training meets established standards for 40 educational hours of Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC renewal), Credentialed Prevention Professional (CPP initial section 1 and renewal) and Credentialed Prevention Specialist (CPS initial section 1 and renewal).

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

Sponsored by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 40 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 22.75.


The $1,200 registration fee includes all training and course materials as well as a breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks each day of the training.

Training Program Agenda


Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program Information

This five day on-site professional workshop provides an in-depth understanding of the biopsychosocial underpinnings of tobacco use and dependence as well as the conceptual and empirical framework for the evidence-based treatment of tobacco dependence. The comprehensive, interactive and training format supports the development of proficiencies in all of the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Core Competencies.

The goal of this program is to train professionals to become Tobacco Treatment Specialists with the competencies and skills to understand tobacco use in multiple contexts, perform comprehensive assessments of tobacco users, and provide evidence-based treatment of varying intensities in multiple modalities.

Core Competencies

Training Topics

  • Tobacco Treatment Specialists: roles, responsibilities, professional development, ethics and credentialing
  • Overview of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control
  • Evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment approaches
  • Tobacco products: marketing, design, prevalence of use and health consequences
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
  • Treating tobacco use and dependence
  • Principles of evidence-based, patient-centered, behavior change treatment strategies
  • Comprehensive clinical assessment of the tobacco user
  • Basic pharmacotherapy for tobacco use and advanced pharmacologic treatment planning
  • Diversity and health disparities
  • Relapse prevention and recovery
  • Telephone, individual and group treatment models
  • Documentation, coding, billing and program evaluation

Learning Objectives

All different types of health professionals who interact with individuals that use tobacco can benefit from this training including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, health educators and pharmacists.

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Roswell Park’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program has had a tremendous impact on past graduates. Hear what some of them had to say:

I appreciated that all faculty were aware of adult learning needs, like providing faculty feedback to improve curriculum. Instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and I am grateful to have had this experience with them.
I now feel trained to run a few community groups; I will practice more awareness and empathy among diverse groups struggling to quit smoking.
All of the presenters were engaging and effective. I loved the topic and delivery of tobacco products, design and marketing. The introduction to pharmacotherapy lectures was very informative. I also loved the use of actual products in tobacco design presentation. The motivational Interviewing lecture was very informative and the cultural humility lecture had a great discussion and informational videos. This got me to think and be more aware. The systems implementation activity was very informative and practicing role-play was helpful.