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DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Program

The DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Program is an evidence-based tobacco cessation program designed to teach providers and peers the necessary information and skills to promote successful tobacco cessation within their organizations. Trainees learn motivational engagement strategies, community referrals, educational activities, individual and group treatments, and policy change strategies. The program teaches trainees the skills and resources to promote positive behavior change in individuals interested in living tobacco-free.

 

Advanced Techniques

This one and a half day training covers tobacco fundamentals, tobacco addiction, tobacco cessation strategies, and a motivational intervention for tobacco cessation. Trainees will also be trained to facilitate the DIMENSIONS Tobacco Free Group curriculum—a 6-week tobacco cessation group. The Advanced Techniques training is a train-the-trainer model, meaning participants will leave the training with the materials and knowledge to train others at their organization.

Our next Advanced Techniques training is scheduled for December 10 -11, 2018. REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Program Structure

Through the DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Advanced Techniques Program training, participants learn how to successfully negotiate the treatment of tobacco cessation in different healthcare settings. DIMENSIONS program facilitators use motivational engagement strategies, community referrals, educational activities, and peer- or provider-led Tobacco Free groups to promote positive behavior change in individuals interested in tobacco cessation.

Motivational InterventionTrainees will be instructed on how to use and implement our motivational intervention. Our motivational intervention for tobacco cessation is a 30-minute, semi-structured interview intended to motivate people to engage in tobacco cessation or to begin thinking about reducing their current level of tobacco use. Trainees will learn how to move individuals through the stages of change and how to work with individuals who are not necessarily ready to change.

Community Referrals. Trainees learn how to utilize existing resources in order to fulfill the needs of clients interested in stopping their tobacco use. This is especially important for organizations that do not have the resources to provide a comprehensive range of tobacco cessations services. By referring to other community organizations or state quitlines, the trainees will be able to assist their clients in navigating barriers to living tobacco-free.

Education and Awareness Building. Trainees learn how to become tobacco cessation and wellness experts within their organizations. A large part of their role as the program facilitator is to educate not only clients, but also providers and staff on the issues of tobacco dependence, related health effects, and the challenges people face when attempting to reduce or quit tobacco use. The trainees’ goals are to not only educate, but to elevate the importance of tobacco cessation services within their organizations.

Tobacco Free Groups. Program participants are trained in the DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Group curriculum to run at their organization. The DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Group Facilitator Manual provides all the resources, handouts, and lesson plans to run a six-week tobacco cessation group. The role of the group is to build awareness about the importance of healthy lifestyles and to create a positive social network. Through wellness education, group discussion, and activities, group facilitators teach participants strategies for stress management and behavior change. Most importantly, the group provides participants a supportive environment to facilitate their tobacco-free journey.

Training Modules

Module 1: Tobacco Fundamentals (within specific populations). This module is determined by a training site’s needs. Depending on whether the training site predominantly serves persons with behavioral health conditions or persons in the criminal justice system, or if the site serves a broader population, we have a training that is tailored to your specific needs.

Module 2: Understanding Tobacco Addiction. Covers the different methods of tobacco use, the physiological and biological basis of tobacco addiction, the harmful effects of tobacco use, and how to treat tobacco users by addressing both the addiction and the habit. 

Module 3: Tobacco Cessation Strategies. Provides helpful information on tobacco cessation strategies, including tobacco cessation medications and nicotine replacement therapy options as well as behavioral interventions. It highlights the importance of counseling and support during the quitting process and the need to address the addiction to nicotine as well as work on changing the behaviors associated with tobacco use.

Module 4: Motivational Intervention for Tobacco Cessation. Reviews the stages of change and presents the DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Motivational Intervention. The DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Motivational Intervention is a structured interview to assess an individual’s readiness to change, the cost of tobacco use, and carbon monoxide levels. It also provides an opportunity to set achievable Tobacco Free goals, increase motivation to live tobacco-free, and learn strategies for behavior change. 

Module 5: Tobacco Free Group. Reviews the Tobacco Free Group and provides step-by-step instructions about how to run the groups at the trainee’s organization. Tobacco Free Group sessions include:

    Session A: Envisioning A Tobacco Free Life – The activities in this session are designed to help group participants visualize their tobacco-free life.

    Session B: A Tobacco Free Plan – The activities in this session are designed to help group participants explore their values and preferences.

    Session C: Mindful Tobacco Free Behaviors – The activities in this session are designed to increase group participants’ awareness of cravings and create mindful ways to manage them.

    Session D: A Tobacco Free Journey – The activities in this session are designed to help group participants recognize their strengths and identify the resources they have or will need for their Tobacco Free journey.

    Session E: Living Tobacco Free – The activities in this session are designed to help group participants recognize the interconnection between, thoughts, feelings, behaviors and living tobacco-free. 

    Session F: Maintaining A Tobacco Free Life – The activities in this session are designed to prevent (re)lapses by planning ahead and manage (re)lapses by getting back on track as soon as possible.

Fundamentals

The Fundamentals training is a half-day training intended for healthcare providers with previous knowledge of tobacco addiction and treatment. The training focuses on understanding tobacco addiction, information on the latest tobacco cessation strategies, and motivational intervention for tobacco cessation.

Priority Populations

The DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free trainings can be tailored towards working priority populations who face health disparities or have specialized healthcare needs, including persons with behavioral health conditions, persons with criminal justice involvement, low-income populations, pregnant/postpartum women, and youth, among others. This program features an in-depth examination of issues facing these priority populations as well as strategies to address the unique challenges in working with these populations.

For more information on the DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Program, please contact us at 303-724-3713 or bh.wellness@ucdenver.edu.