vermont health promotion training center

Training Descriptions

Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation Training

The State of Vermont has worked to add supplemental materials to American Cancer Society’s FreshStart curriculum to better meet the needs of VT smokers. Day 1 will provide participants with an overview of the FreshStart curriculum and core skills for facilitation.  In Day 2, participants will discuss the goal of each session and enhance their ability to customize the sessions, using supplemental materials, for their unique populations. In addition, Day 2 will provide a valuable opportunity for participants to observe and practice facilitating key activities from each session.   

Participants will be engaged in a combination of instructor-led and small group participatory learning activities to increase their confidence using the FreshStart curriculum. Participants will also learn group facilitation techniques and strategies to help people through the process of quitting tobacco. Participants will have the opportunity to explore challenges and share information about available resources in the community.


Key Strategies for Successful Tobacco Free Campus Policy Implementation (Part II)

This 90-minute webinar is the second & final installment of a two-part series.
CAI staff will build upon earlier learning opportunities and help preferred provider Mental Health-Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities effectively address both staff and patient concerns around the implementation of tobacco use interventions into treatment plans. Participants will also learn a step-by-step process for establishing a tobacco-free campus by July 1, 2014. Staff from Vermont facilities that have implemented tobacco free policies will also serve as faculty.


Making An Impact Through Data & Stories

Data, data, data! Do you have so much data and research that you don’t know what to do with it? As a result of attending this training, participants will learn how to use data sources and be able to incorporate the information into key messages. Additionally, participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills necessary to utilize local data to tell a compelling story that is relevant to their community.


OVX and VKAT Youth Summit

This youth summit will provide youth from the OVX and VKAT coalitions with an opportunity to explore how they can positively impact their community regarding health promotion initiatives around tobacco use and other health topics such as alcohol and drug use, physical activity, and nutrition. Participants will learn how messaging can lead to change as well as how to use both traditional and emerging media tools to get their voices heard.


Point of Sale

This Point of Sale training is designed for VDH staff and coalitions.
Approaching decision makers, implementing environmental change, and sustaining these changes are the essence of grantees work. However, it takes more than the key decision makers to make this happen. This training will focus exclusively on tobacco Point of Sale information and priorities. There will be a special emphasis on pricing and pricing policies, as outlined in the Policy Center's upcoming report. The Department of Liquor Control will also present on their tobacco work.

Participants will examine how they can engage the broader community to be allies and utilize their commitment, skills, and passion to further their work. In addition, we will develop strategies for defining "what's in it for them" as a way to develop a more solid and productive collaboration.


Point of Sale & Healthy Retailers Training

This Point of Sale and Healthy Retailer training is designed for VDH staff and coalitions. Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from retailers and other local champions who have supported Point of Sale in their local community.

Approaching decision makers, implementing environmental change, and sustaining these changes are the essence of grantees work. However, it takes more than the key decision makers to make this happen. In this training, we will examine our community transformation efforts; identify stakeholders and influencers in your community that will assist in implementing environmental change strategies. Are they parents? Community members? Clergy? Medical Personnel? Business people? Representatives from community-based organizations, PTA/PTO's? Young people? College Students? This one-day training will examine how we can engage the broader community to be allies with us and utilize their commitment, skills, and passion to assist us in our work. In addition, we will develop strategies for defining "what's in it for them" as a way to develop a more solid and productive collaboration.
During this training, emphasis will be placed on the importance of community education and garnering community "will" from others to help champion and support statewide environmental changes for a healthier Vermont.


Webinar: Dangers of Secondhand Smoke 

This training is designed to educate and motivate WIC counselors/professionals who interact with clients exposed to second and third hand smoke. Participants will learn the core concepts of integrating second and third hand smoke discussions into their MI skills while working with clients.

Participants will also learn more information about local data that can be utilized in their community education efforts (i.e., PRAMS, BRFSS and FMR survey).


Webinar: Denormalizing and Treating Tobacco in Addiction Services

Traditionally tobacco use has been the social norm in addiction treatment settings. For many the vision of a clean and sober lifestyle includes smoking cigarettes while drinking coffee and attending daily self-help groups. Nonetheless, there is a growing body of evidence that stopping tobacco concurrently with other chemical dependencies improves treatment outcomes, reduces the probability of relapse to other substances and enhances the quality of overall drug and mental health recovery.

This webinar utilizes research data and the lessons learned from New York State Promising Tobacco Interventions Projects. The presentation will provide a rationale for addressing tobacco in behavioral health services, the bio-psycho-social aspects of tobacco use specific to individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders, and a systems approach to effectively address barriers and integrate "tobacco recovery counseling" into clinical practice.


Webinar: Digital Marketing for Promoting Tobacco, Alcohol, Healthy Food, and Beverage

Together with CAI, BMSG will conduct a 1.5-hour webinar on how the tobacco, alcohol, and food industries use digital media (i.e., social media, online videos, mobile phones and virtual communities) as a tool to market their products to youth and adults. Participants will learn the basics of digital marketing and how it relates to point of sale, how the federal government has and has not regulated these efforts and comparisons between tobacco marketing and digital alcohol, food and beverage marketing.

The webinar will also discuss the web presence of tobacco companies, and provide information about recent regulatory actions by the FTC that may inform efforts to protect young people from digital tobacco marketing.


Webinar: How to Address Tobacco Disparity and Reduce Dependence in Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities

Goal: To educate providers and staff on how to decrease tobacco use and its health impacts amongst substance abuse populations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the high prevalence and consequences of tobacco use in persons with other addictions
  • Discuss barriers that have prevented substance abuse staff from addressing tobacco dependence in their clients
  • Explain key concepts in brief assessments of tobacco dependence including level of dependence and motivation to quit
  • Describe how treatment for tobacco dependence is an effective method for increasing the success of quit attempts and the role a non- prescriber can have in promoting treatment 
  • Review evidence based treatments for tobacco dependence treatment and how to integrate tobacco dependence treatment into recovery plans

Webinar: Implementing Smoking Cessation Treatment Among Smokers Seeking Treatment for Alcohol/Drug Problems

Goal: To prepare alcohol/drug abuse personnel to set up a program to address smoking cessation.

Learning Objectives:

  • know the validated behavioral and pharmacological treatments for smoking cessation
  • know how treatment of nicotine dependence differs from treatment of alcohol/drug problems  
  • know how to utilize smoking cessation resources in VT

Webinar: Key Strategies for Successful Tobacco Free Campus Policy Implementation (Part II)

This 90-minute webinar is the second & final installment of a two-part series.
CAI staff will build upon earlier learning opportunities and help preferred provider Mental Health-Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities effectively address both staff and patient concerns around the implementation of tobacco use interventions into treatment plans. Participants will also learn a step-by-step process for establishing a tobacco-free campus by July 1, 2014. Staff from Vermont facilities that have implemented tobacco free policies will also serve as faculty.


Webinar: Motivating Smokers to Quit

Goal: This program will discuss tobacco cessation strategies for clinicians and resources available to their clients.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review brief intervention best practices
  • Participants will be prepared to refer smokers to available smoking treatment resources
  • Discuss the underlying perspectives of motivational interviewing

Webinar: Next Steps: Treating Tobacco & Creating Health Mental Health/Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Environments: Part I

This webinar will build upon earlier learning opportunities and help preferred provider Mental Health-Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities effectively address both staff and patient concerns around the implementation of tobacco use interventions into treatment plans. Participants will also learn a step-by-step process for establishing a tobacco-free campus by July 1, 2014. Staff from Vermont facilities that have implemented tobacco free policies are invited to participate in this discussion.

This webinar will also provide a more in-depth investigation and discussion on implementing evidence-based tobacco cessation services within treatment plans.


Webinar: Successfully Addressing Smoking During Pregnancy, CME-CNE Credits

This training is designed to educate health care professionals who interact with pregnant smoking clients about best practices surrounding Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) and breastfeeding. Participants will learn the core concepts of integrating the Center for Disease Control, Health and Human Services, Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (2008 update) and learn the importance of a policy/change system/change for screening for tobacco use.

Additionally, attendees will be provided compelling evidence on the dangers of tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke on pregnant women and infants.