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Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training


This program prepares professionals with appropriate educational and experiential backgrounds to deliver a high-intensity, evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral plus pharmacotherapy treatment for nicotine dependence. The ACT Center has trained Tobacco Treatment Specialists (TTS) since 1999, both in Mississippi and locations nationally.

Program Description

Emphasizes the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills relevant to understanding the addictive nature of tobacco use, its impact on health and other factors, and key clinical activities for assessing and treating the nicotine dependent individual. A unique aspect of this program is that clinical skills are taught within the context of mastering the ACT Center Tobacco Treatment protocol. This manualized, evidence-based approach is the product of many years of testing and experience, and represents an effective balance of state-of-the-art clinical procedures.

Interactive presentations and extensive use of hands-on exercises are interwoven throughout the training program to facilitate the attainment of training goals. All the necessary resources are provided, including the detailed Therapist Treatment Guide, the complementary Client Workbook, and supplemental clinical forms. Finally, common administrative and treatment program evaluation issues are reviewed, to prepare attendees for managing a clinical service.

Both the workshop curriculum and treatment program are routinely updated, incorporating the latest advances emerging in the published scientific literature.

This program was designed to provide the necessary content and experiences for enrollees to achieve the Competency Standards for TTSs, as set forth by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). This program is fully accredited by the Council on Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP).

The Spring 2023 conference will be presented using a completely virtual platform.

Training Program Topics and Activities

  • Treating Tobacco Dependence: The State of the Field
  • Tobacco Products, Health and Economic Impacts
  • The Biopsychosocial Model
  • Comprehensive Assessment of the Tobacco User
  • The Intake Evaluation and the Treatment Plan
  • Special Populations
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Group Therapy Techniques and Strategies
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Improving Motivation
  • Maintaining Abstinence
  • Treatment Sessions 1-6: Modeling and Practice
  • Follow-up Sessions: Modeling and Practice
  • Treatment Resources
  • System and Administrative Considerations
  • Treatment Program Evaluation
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