University of Massachusetts Medical School Programs

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The Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is committed to providing the most up-to-date, evidence-based information on the prevention and treatment of nicotine dependence. The Center is actively engaged in a wide range of tobacco-related research, clinical treatment services, technical assistance, and professional education programs for clinicians and healthcare providers.

Our National Registry of Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists is an elite group of tobacco treatment providers who have a minimum of 2000 hours experience in tobacco treatment and have met the stringent certification requirements of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Our Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training and Certification program is recognized nationally as one of the premier training programs in the United States. As of March 2005, over 1100 people have taken Basic Skills for Working with person who uses tobacco, including almost 500 who have enrolled in the online version which went live March 2003. About 60% of these 1100+ people have been from Massachusetts, but the course is drawing students from as far away as Hawaii, Alaska, Germany and Saudi Arabia. In addition, over 425 people have taken the more intensive 5-day Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Core Certification training course since its inception in 2000. A description of our training and certification programs follows.

Green ArrowTobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training and Certification Program

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Tobacco Treatment Specialists

The Massachusetts Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training and Certification Program is an intensive, evidence-based training program designed for persons who deliver moderate to intensive tobacco treatment services within a health care or community setting. It is a nationally recognized program consisting of a self-paced online course and a 5-day in person Core Certification course.

For those with the requisite knowledge, training and experience, certification as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS) is available through the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For more information about the certification process, please visit the UMMS website and click on “TTS Training and Certification Program”.

Basic Skills for Working with person who uses tobacco Online Course
This is a self-paced online course appropriate for any health care or community provider who works with tobacco users. The course offers 12-14 continuing education units (CEUs), depending upon profession, for nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists, certified health education specialists and certified drug and alcohol counselors (CADAC/CAC). It includes the following topics:

  • Public health implications of tobacco use
  • Health consequences of smoking/Benefits of quitting
  • Nicotine addiction: Criteria for dependency, treatment implications
  • Types and use of pharmacological products
  • How to conduct a brief intervention (5A model)
  • How to talk to your clients about their tobacco use and motivate them to quit
  • Creating an environment supportive of tobacco treatment services

Cost: $125

TTS Core Certification Training
(Prerequisite: Basic Skills for Working with person who uses tobacco)
This is an intensive 5-day program designed to help tobacco treatment providers master the necessary core competencies for providing evidence-based treatment for nicotine dependency. Modules include:

  • Biology and pharmacology of nicotine dependence
  • Counseling theory and practice
  • Treatment strategies
  • Working with person who uses tobacco with medical conditions
  • Working with person who uses tobacco with substance abuse and mental health disorders
  • Intake, assessment and treatment planning

Cost: $800 for Massachusetts residents; $950 for non-Massachusetts residents

For upcoming training dates and registration information, contact the Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control at 508-856-4099 or visit the UMMS website and click on “TTS Training and Certification Program”.

The Tobacco Treatment SpecialistTobacco Treatment Specialists (TTSs) are professionals who possess the skills, knowledge and training to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for tobacco dependence. They work in a variety of settings in Massachusetts and throughout the country, including but not limited to hospitals, community health centers, HMOs, medical and dental practices, educational settings, social service agencies, public health organizations, tobacco treatment centers, telephone Quitlines, drug abuse treatment programs and mental health centers. They provide specialized individual, group and telephone counseling to thousands of tobacco users every year.The following TTS core competencies have been identified by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) in conjunction with UMass Medical School, and are emphasized in our training course:

  • Tobacco dependence knowledge and education
  • Counseling skills
  • Intake and assessment
  • Treatment planning and implementation
  • Pharmacotherapy support and guidance
  • Relapse prevention
  • Diversity and specific health issues
  • Documentation and evaluation
  • Knowledge and use of professional resources
  • Professional development
  • Law and ethics