Smoking Cessation

 

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You can motivate people to quit using tobacco in as little as 1-3 minutes, following an evidence-based brief intervention. This workshop is designed to teach the skills and build your confidence in implementing the 5A’s protocol (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) through a combination of instructor-led and small group participatory learning activities. You will learn about tobacco reduction strategies, practice techniques and become comfortable with tools proven to assist people through the process of quitting tobacco use. Learn where to refer clients for valuable resources in the community, and explore ways to increase your role in cessation based on motivational interviewing principles and a trauma-informed approach. This course is delivered at an introductory level; no prior experience in tobacco control or cessation counselling is required.

Duration: Can be tailored to a full or half-day workshop.

Target Audience: Public health unit staff and staff/volunteers of community partner agencies.

Building on the skills learned in the Brief Counselling Techniques for Tobacco Cessation workshop, this workshop explores more deeply the impact of health equity on tobacco use. With a focus on person-centred care, you will build knowledge, skills and confidence to provide tobacco cessation counselling during interactions with clients from a specific priority population. The workshop models a values and strength-based approach to demonstrate acceptance and foster inclusion. Learn to build engagement through practice of motivational interviewing core communication skills, with special attention to reflective listening and creating safe spaces. You will also become familiar with local and provincial resources and evidence-based approaches to working with a priority population.

This workshop requires selection of at least one priority population module to include in the content.

PRIORITY POPULATIONS MODULES

Learn about factors related to tobacco use among specific priority populations and discuss evidence-informed strategies for cessation programming.

Each module includes interactive practice of motivational interviewing skills through case studies. Modules are integrated into the Equity–Informed Approach to Tobacco Treatment workshop.

Available Modules:
  • Youth and Young Adults
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Concurrent Risk Factors for Chronic Disease
Duration: Full-day workshop.

Target Audience: Public health unit staff and staff/volunteers of community partner agencies.

Prerequisite: Brief Cessation Counselling (BCC) training or cessation counselling experience.

Build your understanding of motivational approaches while developing confidence and skills in tobacco cessation counselling. You will engage in a combination of instructor-led and small group participatory learning activities with the opportunity for peer review and feedback. Activities reflect on the underlying spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI), and explore the processes used in this method of client interaction. You will learn to recognize related concepts like ambivalence, change talk, sustain talk and practice the core communication skills (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, summaries).  Gain practical tips to exchange information and advice, develop hope and confidence and negotiate a change plan. This workshop will assist you in identifying individualized strategies to continue to build competency and strengthen your current practice.

Duration: Can be tailored to a full or half-day workshop.

Target Audience: Public health unit staff and staff/volunteers of community partner agencies.

Prerequisite: Brief Cessation Counselling (BCC) training or cessation counselling experience.

Participants will learn how to plan and facilitate tobacco cessation groups. Based on the principles of adult learning, you will gain knowledge of the evidence and best practices for facilitating groups for tobacco cessation. Practice adapting your one-on-one counselling skills and proven cessation tools to the group setting. Explore how to build rapport and create a supportive group environment for change. Identify strategies to manage group dynamics and cohesion, and become aware of resources and an evaluation approach for your groups. Expect to build confidence in facilitating groups through activities and skill development exercises.

Duration: Full-day workshop.

Target Audience: Public health unit staff and staff/volunteers of community partner agencies.

Prerequisite: It is recommended that all participants have training and/or experience in tobacco cessation counselling (e.g. TEACH, PTCC’s Brief Cessation Counselling). No prior group counselling experience is required.

Learn the importance of a woman-centred approach to tobacco cessation during pregnancy. This workshop is based on the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in Women’s Health’s Liberation! Helping Women Quit Smoking: A Brief Intervention Guide. Discuss how to prepare women for change within the larger context of their lives using the principles of women-centred care, trauma-informed practice, motivational interviewing and smoking cessation best practices.

You will practice how to begin a client-centred conversation about quitting smoking and engage in a combination of instructor-led and small group participatory learning activities to develop skills and confidence to support women through the process of quitting smoking.

Duration: Can be tailored to a full or half-day workshop.

Target Audience: Public health unit staff and staff/volunteers of community partner agencies.


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