It is well-established that smoking is the leading preventable cause of cancer. But many patients and health care providers are relatively unaware that persistent smoking among cancer patients is associated with adverse clinical outcomes including increased risk for treatment complications, disease recurrence, second primary cancers, disease progression, and mortality. There are research-to-practice gaps and lack of training is routinely identified as a barrier for improving the quality of tobacco treatment in oncology care.
With grant funding from the National Cancer Institute (R25CA217693), Tobacco Treatment Training in Oncology (TTT-O) is a 2-day, skills-based workshop held at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, followed by 6, monthly, 60-minute collaboratory videoconference calls providing additional opportunities for tobacco treatment mentorship and implementation coaching.
This training is offered 2-3 times per year. Registration for this training opportunity is complimentary. Participants traveling to New York City will be eligible to receive up to $500 reimbursement of travel expenses and a 2-night stay at the workshop-designated hotel will be reimbursed for accepted applicants. To maximize learning, registration is limited. The target audience is oncologists, tobacco treatment specialists, physician assistants, oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and respiratory therapists, and other clinicians working in oncology care settings. TTT-O offers continuing education credits. For more information go to www.Mskcc.org/TobaccoCare
Treating Tobacco in Behavioral Health Settings
For the past ten years, Dr Jill Williams, Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and colleagues have been providing a 2-day CME educational conference in NJ, called Treating Tobacco in Behavioral Health Settings. Although tobacco use rates are high in individuals with mental illness or other addictions, there is evidence that behavioral health professionals intervene infrequently to offer treatments. Many psychiatrists and other behavioral health professionals report never having received training on evidence-based practices for treating tobacco use disorder. Evaluation of this training has revealed that behavioral health professionals that attend are much more likely to provide a more comprehensive tobacco dependence treatment compared to baseline practices (Williams et al., 2014).
This training is offered periodically. Registration fee includes tuition, handout materials, continental breakfast, continuing education credit and certificate costs. A copy of the training brochure can be viewed online at http://files.constantcontact.com/fdbb6c7d601/795084e1-4db1-4fac-9484-df1baf3f5580.pdf. Registration is online at https://njtobaccofree.rwjms.rutgers.edu/index.php.
The training can also be provided onsite in your location for audiences of up to 60 participants. Continuing educations credits for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and certified counselors are available. For more information contact 732-235-4341 or email Jill Williams at email@example.com
Williams JM, Miskimen T, Minsky S, Cooperman NA, Miller M, Dooley-Budsock P, Cruz J and Steinberg ML. Increasing Tobacco Dependence Treatment Through Continuing Education Training for Behavioral Health Professionals. Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300523
Train the Trainer in Tobacco Treatment (T4) Program
The Train the Trainer in Tobacco Treatment (T4) program is an intensive, interactive 2-day training on how to coordinate and deliver the UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training program. Qualified applicants who are accepted and complete the training become Certified UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Trainers and are eligible to conduct UMass TTS Training programs at their location. Affiliation with a non-profit agency wishing to train local health care providers or a health care/social service agency wishing to train employees is required.
Applicants must meet educational and professional criteria related to training experience and tobacco dependence treatment. They also must have access to the organizational resources necessary to conduct multi-day trainings, and agree to deliver the training program as a not-for-profit venture and in a manner consistent with the University of Massachusetts’ quality standards. Terms, conditions and fees related to the delivery of each TTS Core Training will be included in the application packet. For more information go to https://www.umassmed.edu/tobacco/training/train-the-trainer-in-tobacco-treatment-t4/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.