Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program

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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 was the first accredited site in New York State. Our training program curriculum is delivered in fun, creative ways to help you retain knowledge and build skills needed to provide effective evidence-based treatment for tobacco use.

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

Training program agenda


Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program information

Our 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.