Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program  |  2424 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705  |  cttsprogram@duke.edu  |  919.668.5042

Sample Course Curriculum

DAY 1​

  • Introductions and welcome from presenters

  • Common Myths and Misconceptions about Tobacco Use

  • Tobacco Use in NC, the US, and in the World

  • Exercise: Tobacco History, Culture, and Context

  • What Is in a Cigarette?

  • Other Tobacco Products

  • E-cigarettes

  • Exercise: E-cigarettes

  • Pathology of Tobacco Dependence

  • Second and Thirdhand Smoke

  • Assessments + Diagnostics

DAY 2

 

  • Treatment Plan Exercise: Pathology

  • Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors

  • Neurobiology of Nicotine Dependence

  • Exercise: Neurobiology of Nicotine Dependence

  • Psychosocial Basis for Nicotine Dependence

  • Treatment Plan Exercise: Nicotine Dependence

  • Exercise: Carbon Monoxide Testing

  • Treatment Plan Exercise: Assessments

  • Pharmacotherapy Agents

  • Pharmacotherapy Strategies

  • Test Pharmacotherapy Cases

  • Treatment Plan Exercise: Pharmacotherapy

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Tobacco Use from a Spiritual Perspective

 

DAY 3

 

  • Introduction and Plus-Delta Exercise

  • Exercise: Motivational Interviewing

  • Foundational Behavioral Interventions

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Treatment Plan Exercise: Behavioral Treatments

  • Alternative Treatments

  • Treatment Plan Exercise: Alternative Treatments

  • Psychiatric Comorbidities

  • Pregnancy Developmental Effects

  • Populations Requiring Special Considerations

  • Public Policy & Managing Media

 

DAY 4

 

  • Treatment Plan Exercise: Targeted Treatment Strategies

  • Exercise: Policy and Media

  • Workflow of a Tobacco Use Treatment Intervention

  • Lung Cancer Screening

  • Visit Demonstrations

  • Building a Sustainable Tobacco Use Treatment Program

  • Tobacco Use Treatment Programs in Healthcare Settings

  • Accessing & Interpreting Information on Tobacco Dependence & Treatment

  • Resources and Referral Sources

  • Treatment Plan Exercise: Referral Sources

  • Ethics of a Tobacco Treatment Specialist