Recognized: Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program

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The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program has been named Program of the Month (for February) by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs.

The Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs is recognizing programs — one each month — that "excel in meeting the highest training standards in preparing and developing professional Tobacco Treatment Specialists."

Bringing together leadership and expertise from Duke University/Quit at Duke, UNC Chapel Hill/UNC Family Medicine, and the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, the Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program has been operational since 2016, with 633 specialists having completed the program.

Here's an excerpt from the published interview that the Council conducted with Duke-UNC TTS program leaders to recognize this honor:

How do you tailor your program to keep learners engaged with the content and materials?

We tailor both the content and delivery of our curriculum to maintain participant engagement in our virtual trainings. We look closely at each specific participant cohort — where they are from, their organizational affiliations, what skills they indicate they most want to learn in the course — and we are able to customize the small group breakout sessions throughout our virtual classes (using Zoom breakout rooms). For example, in our fall 2020 training, we had a sizeable cohort of individuals working in tribal health. We engaged our state’s American Indian TTS to facilitate breakout groups specifically addressing the unique needs of tribal communities. In this way, our TTS participants have opportunities to learn from experts in these specific areas and a space to practice applying the skills that they will bring back and use in their own unique communities.

We also pay close attention to how we structure our virtual sessions. Our virtual sessions run for half days scheduled over the course of two weeks to allow participants—mostly busy healthcare professionals—to manage other work or family obligations. We recognize that Zoom fatigue is a real issue these days, so we are intentional about keeping our virtual sessions highly interactive. Our online course portal, which is available to students for several weeks before and after the virtual sessions, provides an opportunity for students to engage with the curriculum over an extended period of time, as well as connect offline with course faculty and other participants.

READ THE FULL Q & A on the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs Website

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TTS trainees come from diverse backgrounds across the continuum of healthcare — medical providers, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, behavioral health providers, pharmacists, dental hygienists, health departments, and more. The only prerequisite for participation in the training course is that a participant must be tobacco free for at least six months prior to the training.

While many TTS participants already work in healthcare, other TTS participants are students, educators, administrators or others who work with tobacco policy.

For example, TTS program coordinator Jennifer Greyber noted that there was even one participant (an engineer) who managed a worksite wellness program at his place of employment and took the course because he was tasked with helping his workplace go tobacco free. He learned, through the course, how to help employees who used tobacco access resources to help quit.

Open for Registration: Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program


6.7.21 to 6.15.21

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*Early Bird Discount ends May 1

10.25.21 to 11.2.21
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REGISTER for one-day virtual intensive tobacco treatment trainings
*For individuals who already have some experience in tobacco treatment

  • Tobacco Dependence Pharmacotherapy (3.25.21)
  • Intensive Behavioral Approaches to Tobacco Use Treatment (5.4.21)

National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice

There are additional prerequisites set by the NAADAC for participants who wish to seek NCTTP (National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice) status. The eligibility requirements for applying for this certification do NOT require that the individual works in healthcare directly.

However, they must provide evidence of one of the following:

a. High School diploma plus 4,000 hours (2 years full-time) of work in a human services work experience to be documented in Section VI of this application.

b. Associate’s Degree plus 2,000 hours (1 year full-time) of work in a human services work experience, to be documented in Section VI of this application.

c. Bachelor’s Degree or higher.

Visit the NAADAC website for more details about requirements.