Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS)
The TTS Core Training is an intensive three-day, evidence-based hybrid training program for persons who want to work with tobacco dependent clients. Initially designed in 1999, by the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass), the training curriculum addresses a set of core competencies for tobacco treatment specialists as defined by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD).
The TTS Core Training includes two components: TTS Part 1 (online) and TTS Part 2 (in-person or virtual).
TTS Part 1 – This is a 10 hour online training that must be completed before attending the live three-day Part 2 training. Part 1 covers the determinants of tobacco use disorder, including biological, psychological, and social aspects; physical and behavioral health impact of tobacco use; and best practices for systems to support treatment of tobacco use disorder.
TTS Part 2 – This is an intensive 3-day, in-person or virtual, evidence-based training program. This part will cover pharmacotherapy; counseling skills; cognitive and behavioral strategies to assist tobacco users in quitting; and intake, assessment, and treatment planning.
The University of Massachusetts Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training Program is accredited by Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP). The UMass TTS training program provides equal opportunity and access to all applicants, regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability and veteran’s status.
Research studies have identified providers, including psychiatrists, have limited or no formal education and training for addressing tobacco use and cessation among their patients. Without proper training, providers may lack the knowledge, skills, and confidence to routinely screen patients for tobacco use, advise patients to quit using tobacco products, and assist patients in making a quit attempt.