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Become a
Mindfulness Training for Smokers
Group Facilitator

Learn how to teach the Mindfulness Training for Smokers curriculum and help your patients become tobacco free

This NEW training course will provide the foundation you need to facilitate the Mindfulness Training for Smokers intervention in your own practice setting. Using experiential methods, you will gain insights into the principles of mindfulness and learn how to apply them effectively to manage the unique challenges that smokers face during their journey to quit.

About the Mindfulness Training for Smokers Curriculum


Mindfulness Training for Smokers (MTS) is an 8-week group intervention that uses mindfulness to help participants quit smoking. People who try to quit smoking “cold turkey” have a less than 5% chance of success. People who complete the MTS group have much higher success rates; in a study of the intervention, 39% of participants remained abstinent from tobacco six months after completing the group.

In MTS, participants learn how to practice mindfulness and then learn to apply mindfulness to manage relapse challenges, including smoking triggers, withdrawal symptoms, urges, and stressful situations. Every mindfulness practice in MTS is taught for the purpose of smoking cessation but is also applicable to anxiety, depression, stress, eating issues and alcohol abuse, which are all significant relapse triggers for smokers.

CE Credit Information:

  • Up to 9.25 CE hours through Duke Continuing Education, Joint Accreditation (ANCC, AMA, ACPE)

  • Up to 9.25 CE hours (Nicotine Dependence) through North Carolina Addictions Specialist Professional Practice Board (NCASPPB); approval code 24-037-S

Course Registration Includes:

  • Live, virtual training over two half-days via Zoom

  • Training materials, including manual and CD

  • Access to website with course materials and additional resources

  • MTS teacher training certificate

  • 9.25 CE hours, including CE credit processing*

*NCASPPB approval code: 24-037-S, up to 9.25 hours SS (ND); approved through Duke Continuing Education for AMA PRA Category 1, ANCC, Attendance ACPE-Pharmacist, IACET CEU, and JA-Credit-AH.

Dates and Course Fees:

MIndfulness Training for Smokers

Facilitator Training

September 9-10, 2024

$300 per participant

Training Format and Agenda


Class sessions will be interactive and experiential, allowing participants to learn and practice mindfulness skills with our experienced instructors. One of those skills is how to host a silent retreat, an important part of the MTS intervention, where participants practice the mindfulness techniques they’ve learned, such as sitting meditation, mindful walking, mindful eating (useful to help mitigate weight gain after smoking cessation), and mindful talking and listening.

Pre-course Work: Self-paced video modules from Quit Resources. These videos are shared with patients during the intervention and provide the educational portion of each class, so even instructors who are new to providing smoking cessation services will feel confident that they are providing accurate and research-based information when teaching MTS.

Course Sessions Cover:

  • Neurobiology of Nicotine Addiction

  • Tobacco Cessation Medications

  • Research Supporting Mindfulness as a Smoking Cessation Tool

  • The MTS Intervention: Meditation, Mindfulness, and Smoking Triggers

  • Mindful Talking and Listening

  • Misconceptions about Nicotine Addiction

  • Alcohol as a Smoking Trigger

  • Addressing the Emotional Impact of Quitting and Emotions as Triggers

  • Understanding Urges, Pain, and Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Preparing for the Quit Day

  • Planning a Quit Day Retreat

  • Following Up After the Quit Day

  • Addressing Lapse and Relapse

  • Hands-on, interactive practice teaching MTS techniques

  • Wrap Up and Certificates

Course Faculty
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Megan Keith, LCSW, MSW

Duke Smoking Cessation Program

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Rachael Joyner, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN Duke Smoking Cessation Program

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James Davis, MD

Medical Director

Duke Smoking Cessation Program

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