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TEACH Core Course
 
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the developed world and continues to remain Ontario's number one drug problem, accounting for 42 per cent of drug-related costs to the economy, 59 per cent of drug-related hospital days and 86 per cent of all drug-related deaths (Rehm et al., 2006). Smoking is responsible for the death of approximately six million people each year (WHO, 2011) and unless people are encouraged and helped in quitting, 500 million people alive today will die in the 21st century from tobacco use (Jha et al., 2006). This introductory course will help practitioners to screen, assess and treat people with tobacco dependence using evidence-base pharmacotherapies and psycho-social interventions. Tools and techniques for enhancing motivation and facilitating cessation groups are also covered. 
 

Jha, P., Chaloupka, F.J., Corrao, M., & Jacob, B. (2006). Reducing the burden of smoking world-wide: Effectiveness of interventions and their coverage. Drug and Alcohol Review, 25 (6), 597-609.

Rehm, J., Gnam, W., Popova, S., Baliunas, D., Brochu, S., Fischer, B., Patra, J., Sarnocinksa-Hart, A., & Talyor, B. (2006). The Costs of Alcohol, Illegal Drugs, and Tobacco in Canada, 2002. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 68 (6), 886-895.

World Health Organization. (2011). World No Tobacco Day flyer: The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. http://whqlibdoc.who.int/hq/2011 /WHO_NMH_TFI_11.1_eng.pdf. Accessed May 24, 2011

 

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TEACH Online Core Course

The online version of the Core Course is an equivalent to the original Core Course (described above). The online version of the Core Course can be viewed from the comfort of your office or home at your convenience. There are a total of 10 e-learning modules that cover the essential skills and strategies in smoking cessation.

 
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TEACH Specialty Courses 
 
Tobacco Interventions for Patients with Mental Illness and/or Addictions 
Tobacco addiction exacts a major toll on people living with mental health and addictive disorders. People with chronic mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population, with smoking as the major contributor to premature mortality (Schroeder & Morris, 2010); and people with addictive disorders are more likely to die from tobacco-related causes than from all other substance related causes combined (Guydish et al., 2011). Many of these individuals want to quit smoking (Schroeder & Morris, 2010), however they frequently lack access to effective pharmacological and psychosocial interventions. This course provides evidence-based knowledge and skills, incorporating case-based discussion and practice, interactive audience voting system questions, reflective exercises and small and large group discussion.
 
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Schroeder, S.A., & Morris, C.D. (2010). Confronting a neglected epidemic: Tobacco cessation for persons with mental illness and substance abuse problems. Annual Review of Public Health 31, 297-314.
 
Guydish, J. Passalacqua, E., Tajima, B., Chan, M., Chun, J., Bostrom, A. (2011). Smoking prevalence in addiction treatment: A review. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Available: doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntr048.
 
 
Motivating Change: How to talk so Clients will Listen and How to Listen so Clients Will Talk
Principles and processes of motivational interviewing, among other theoretical aspects of motivational interviewing are often described neatly through crafty acronyms. But what happens when practitioners in their daily settings face challenges such as time constraints with complex clients who are not ready for behavioral change? Suddenly, the tidiness of the theory breaks down, and practitioners may feel unable or unprepared to assist their clients. This hands-on specialized course will provide practitioners with the opportunity to observe complex motivational interviewing demonstrated by experienced TEACH faculty, and apply motivational interviewing theory to their own practice settings through interactive case-based exercises, team-based practice, and small/large group discussions.
 
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Tobacco Interventions for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Populations           
(formerly known as Tobacco Interventions with Indigenous Peoples)
The commercial use of tobacco by Canada's Indigenous population has contributed to devastating health effects and intergenerational repercussions. Evidence suggests that Indigenous peoples themselves are concerned about the ill effects of smoking (Connolly et al., 2011) however, they may require more tailored smoking cessation interventions that are culturally appropriate. This specialized course will provide Indigenous and Non-Indigenous practitioners with increased knowledge and skills with regard to the detection and treatment of tobacco dependence and misuse among Indigenous populations.
 
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Connolly, H., D’Hondt, J., Herie, M. and Selby P. (2011). Adapting and developing educational best practices and curricula for Aboriginal tobacco cessation interventions, in White, J.P., Peters, J., Dinsdale, P. and Beavon D. Aboriginal Policy Research: Health and Well-Being, Volume IX. Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing.  
  
 

Tobacco Interventions for Women Across the Lifespan
(formerly known as Helping Pregnant Women Quit Smoking)
Maternal smoking is the leading cause of poor pregnancy outcomes, including neonatal morbidity and mortality. Although the true prevalence of smoking in pregnancy is unknown, at least 11% of Canadian women admit to smoking during their most recent pregnancy (Selby and Dragonetti, 2007). The role of healthcare providers in treating pregnant patients who smoke is crucial and they should prescribe pharmacotherapy when necessary to help them make a successful quit attempt. This classroom based course is designed to give practitioners the practical knowledge and tools to intervene effectively with pregnant clients who use tobacco, using evidence-based approaches and interventions. Content relevant to women across the lifespan is also included.

 

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Selby, P. & Dragonetti, R. (2007). Pragmatic Strategies to Help Pregnant Smokers Quit. Smoking Cessation Rounds, 1(7), 1 - 6.

   
Integrated Chronic Disease Prevention: Addressing the Risks
Smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol use, poor nutrition (including excessive sodium intake) and stress tolerance account for a large proportion of the non-communicable chronic disease burden in Canada and other developed countries. Research suggests that individuals who adopt healthy lifestyle habits in middle age have total mortality rates that are 40% lower than those who do not (ICSI, 2009). This specialized course highlights the ways that various risk factors and the four major categories of non-communicable chronic diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes) interact with tobacco dependence, and offers ways to intervene effectively in an integrated way.  This course examines best and promising practices, and presents pharmacological strategies with diverse patient populations across the lifespan.
 
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ICSI Primary Prevention of Chronic Disease, 2009

 
Implementing a Systematic Approach to Tobacco Dependence Treatment for Hospitalized Smokers: The Ottawa Model
This 2-day course will highlight a systematic approach to tobacco cessation intervention targeting hospitalized smokers. Participants will learn the latest concepts in hospital-based smoking cessation, how to assess current practices at their own hospital, strategies for implementing a smoking cessation program, the power of brief intervention, and the importance of community referrals and follow-up post-hospitalization.
 
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Rainbow Tobacco Intervention: Smoking Cessation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Two-Spirited, Intersex & Queer/Questioning (LGBTTTIQ) Communities
This specialized course will allow participants to increase their cultural competency and treatment abilities of people with nicotine dependence who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex and/or queer. A detailed set of clinical tools and materials accompany the information package you will be able to take away.
 
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Smoking Cessation for Individual with Eating Disorders (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa)
This specialized course will increase participants' knowledge about the detection and treatment of people with concurrent nicotine dependence and eating disorders (anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa). A detailed set of clinical tools and materials accompany the information package that you will be able to take away.
 
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Smoking Cessation for Individuals with Eating Disorders (Binge Eating Disorder and Obesity)
This specialized course will increase participants’ knowledge about the detection and treatment of people with concurrent nicotine dependence and eating disorders (binge eating disorders and obesity). A detailed set of clinical tools and materials accompany the information package that you will take away from the course.
 
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Tobacco and Youth: Issues and Interventions
This specialized course will allow participants to increase their knowledge about tobacco use, screening, assessments and interventions with youth. A detailed set of clinical tools and materials accompany the information package you will take away from the course.
 
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Currently, we do not have any Francophone courses being offered in the near future. Please check back periodically for updates.
 
 
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 UPCOMING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM COURSE

 
  
Specialty Course: 
Tobacco Interventions for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Populations (online)
 
Dates: April 8 - May 13, 2015