Lessons from the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Program at Mayo Clinic

Andrea Glahn, MA, of the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP), recently participated in the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Education Program’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification, January 30 through February 3, 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida. Andrea is the Project Officer for ENSP in the Global Bridges grant-funded project EuroPean Accredited Curriculum on Tobacco Treatment-2, which seeks to continue the development and expansion of an accredited curriculum for tobacco cessation in 11 European countries.

I was grateful to get the chance to follow the Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Certification at the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center in Jacksonville, Florida. The TTS program was a great opportunity to learn from experienced specialists in nicotine dependence and to meet participants from all over the world, all passionate about nicotine dependence and smoking cessation. The course provided a very high level of instruction and several opportunities for feedback and exchange of experiences among participants.

The five days of training at Mayo Clinic offered a comprehensive introduction to neurobiology of nicotine dependence, motivational interviewing techniques, the variety of pharmaceutical treatment options among several other topics. The combination of subjects was instrumental for me to gain a thorough understanding of tools in tobacco treatment and professional issues at stake. I gained insight into up-to-date practices in tobacco treatment and standards of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center, which will certainly allow me to pursue further goals in awareness raising and improving education of tobacco treatment among European health care professionals.

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