RMTTS Program Overview
The RMTTS Program consists of an interactive, 4-day training experience focused on providing the necessary knowledge, clinical skills, and evidence-based treatment strategies to effectively treat tobacco dependence. This programs facilitates trainee mastery of the ATTUD Core Competencies Skill Sets and is structured such that the first three days consist of focused instruction along with interactive and hands-on learning activities, group discussion, and role-play. During the second and third mornings, participants will complete a short, 30-minute examination of material covered the previous day. On the fourth day, participants will complete a two-part exam, consisting of a comprehensive multiple choice/short answer component and a case study component designed to assess trainees’ understanding of treatment strategies in a “real world” context. Graduates will leave this training program confident in their abilities to effectively treat tobacco dependence.
What is a TTS?
A Tobacco Treatment Specialist has completed an intensive training program accredited by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD). This growing group of professionals have an advanced and specialized skillset that makes them a valuable addition to any interdisciplinary team that treats individuals for tobacco dependence. ATTUD and the Council of Tobacco Treatment Training Programs defines a Tobacco Treatment Specialist as, “A professional who possesses the skills, knowledge and training to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for tobacco dependence across a range of intensities. The TTS may have various professional affiliations and may work in a variety of settings including but not limited to hospitals, community health centers, HMOs, medical and dental practices, educational settings, social service agencies, tobacco treatment centers, telephone Quit Lines, drug abuse treatment programs and mental health centers. The TTS may engage not only in providing treatment but also in educating others (health care professionals, administrators, scientists, smokers, nonsmokers) about tobacco dependence treatments.”
What is a CTTS?
A Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist has undergone this specialized, intensive training program and must also demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the treatment of tobacco dependence by completing coursework, documenting experience, and passing an examination. More information on certification.
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For more information on the RMTTS Training Program’s developers and instructors, see the BHWP Team Page.