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The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England , funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at Brown University Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies, is offering a credited, on-line course on addressing tobacco use and dependence .

The National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) has made significant progress in establishing effective tobacco control strategies to prevent and reduce tobacco use across the country via multi-modality state initiatives. Currently, about 20% of the US general population smokes. However, the prevalence of tobacco use and dependence among people who have another substance use and/or mental health disorder is dramatically higher. With an eye toward these high risk and underserved populations, this training will introduce or expand upon the learner’s knowledge of the biopsychosocial nature of tobacco use and dependence, its relationship to alcohol and other drug use and mental health disorders, and best practices in tobacco dependence treatment.

Goal: Increase participant’s knowledge, skills and ability to successfully integrate tobacco use interventions into addiction and behavioral health services


Lisa M. Howard, BSW, Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS), is a consultant to the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA) and serves as the Northeast ATTC NY Liaison. With more than 25 years experience in the fields of human and addiction services, Ms. Howard recently completed work on a grant-funded, multifaceted training project for the Impaired Driver Services Initiative at the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). Prior to joining OASAS, Lisa was a Senior Education Specialist at the Tobacco Recovery Resource Exchange, Professional Development Program, Rockefeller College, University at Albany. The “Exchange”, a New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program funded initiative, supported the multidisciplinary New York State (NYS) addiction workforce in the integration of tobacco use interventions into the continuum of addiction services. Lisa and her colleagues researched, developed and implemented a modular curriculum, “Integrating Tobacco Use Interventions into Chemical Dependence Services,” for both classroom and online delivery. Ms. Howard and the staff at the Exchange provided tailored technical assistance to meet the needs of OASAS licensed and funded programs and agency administrators managing the organizational change process in all modalities regarding the implementation of tobacco-free services. The two-year grant funded project came to a close in December of 2009, however, under separate contract; the free, national award winning, online training continues to be available at

Lisa has worked in the fields of human and addiction services in diverse settings including: community and school-based prevention/treatment programs, criminal justice, and HIV/AIDS community-based programs. Ms. Howard also served for five years as the NYS Information Specialist for the Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) and the Assistant Director of the Institute for Professional Development in the Addictions (IPDA). Ms. Howard was on the Northeast ATTC team of trainers participating in the NIDA Blending Initiative’s train-the-trainer, “Buprenorphine Treatment: A Training for Multidisciplinary Addiction Professionals,” and was involved with several workforce development initiatives including the Northeast ATTC Leadership Institute and IPDA’s, “Advancing the Professional Development of the Frontline Addiction Practitioner,M” a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded project. She has developed and implemented training and educational programs for diverse disciplines and audiences including: addiction and child welfare professionals, teachers, HIV/AIDS service providers, patients, parents, adolescents and elementary school-age children.

Course Objectives

  • Explore the compelling rationale for addressing tobacco use during intake, assessment, treatment and recovery management planning in addiction and behavioral health services
  • Increase learner’s understanding of best practices in tobacco dependence interventions as recommended by the US Department of Health & Human Services, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline, 2008 Update

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course, beginning on June 03, 2013. Requirements are:

  • Required on-line reading (one hour per week)
  • Completion of pre and post test
  • Completion of weekly homework assignments (one hour per week)
  • Participation in the weekly course forum
  • Completion of an on-line course evaluation

*Please note that there are no real time events associated with this course. Lessons will be posted on the class home page on Tuesday and responses are due the following Monday. With the exception of the first weeks lesson which will be posted Monday with the responses due the following Monday. Assignments can be accessed at the participant’s convenience.

A full refund is available up until June 11, 2013 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This four-week course, which begins on June 03, 2013, has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for 8 educational credits. It is being provided by the Brown Distance Learning program, which is accredited as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider (#000151).
  • This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for 8 Category 1 continuing education for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC’s). The CCB is an IC&RC affiliate.
  • The New York State OASAS does accept distance learning CEUs provided by institutions of higher learning for individuals pursuing or renewing a CASAC, CPP or CPS.

$80.00 Certification

  • This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider # 886514487) for 8 continuing education contact hours.

*Combined certificates are available upon request.

Certificates will be immediately printable from the course homepage to participants in the program for its duration who submit all required materials.

Please contact your local certification board to verify reciprocity or acceptance of The ATTC of New England’s Distance Learning contact hours.

To participate, you must have:

  • An E-mail address and the capacity to retrieve and send E-mail;
  • Access to World Wide Web (the following programs provide WWW access: Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher is the preferred browser for ATTC of New England DLP online courses
  • The ability to navigate the World Wide Web
  • A basic understanding of how to use a computer and send and receive email


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