Tobacco Cessation Treatment: Best Practices

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Brown University Distance Learning Program and Signal Behavioral Health Network are offering a credited, on-line course on tobacco cessation treatment: best practices.

Complications from chronic tobacco use is a leading cause of death in the United States and in many countries around the world. Proven clinical treatment strategies are available right now that are designed to help people who want to quit with the resources to stop tobacco use. Unfortunately, billions of dollars are spent each year to promote tobacco use and to initiate new smokers to this deadly habit. This course is designed to provide treatment professionals with clinical tools that can assist them in helping their clients to quit tobacco use. It will also clinicians with information regarding the process of obtaining certification as a tobacco cessation specialist.


Steven Horovitz, a Master’s Level, Rhode Island State licensed Chemical Dependency Professional with over 15 years experience providing Substance Abuse, Violence Prevention, Batterer’s Intervention, HIV/AIDS, Mental Health Counseling education and training. Mr. Horvitz maintains strong ties with the substance abuse recovery community. He is the President of Rhode Island CAREs, a community based group of people in recovery from substance abuse; Chairperson of the Rhode Island Division of Substance Abuse Independent Peer Review Committee; A member of the Rhode Island Planning Group Committee for HIV; A member of the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Drug Court Advisory Board and Domestic Violence Training Committee; the Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Centers Case Management Training Team; and participates in the Rhode Island Batterer’s Intervention Oversight Committee. Mr. Horovitz is currently the Training Director of the NRI Community Services Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS, Violence Prevention and Intervention programs.

Course Objectives

  • Understand why people use tobacco products.
  • Understand strategies to help people to quit tobacco use.
  • Understand the dangers of tobacco use.
  • Understand the benefits of quitting tobacco use.
  • Understand the “5’A’s of tobacco treatment.
  • Understand Stages of Change / Motivational Interviewing and tobacco treatment.
  • Understand “confidence/readiness” to change.
  • Understand the use of self help options including Nicotine Anonymous meetings.
  • Provide tobacco cessation services to special populations including:
  • Understand the certification process to become a Tobacco Cessation Specialist.

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course 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.

The total cost of this course is $60.00 the course payment is due by the start date of the course. A full refund is available up until the posting of the second lesson, after which there will be no refunds.


This four-week course, 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 meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for MFCC’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE#1917). This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for eight 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. Certificates will be mailed within two weeks 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 Brown 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: Netscape, Apple CyberDog, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is the preferred browser for Brown 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


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The course start date or when the course limit is reached.

To register for this course please log into your account or create your account then log into your account and click the Enroll in a New Course link at the bottom of your account page. On the Enrollment page select the course you wish to register for using the pull down menu and click on the enroll button.  Having enrolled into the course you will be prompted for payment. You may make your payment online or by regular mail. To view payment information please use the payment policies.

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