Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS)
The TTS Core Training is an intensive four-day, in-person, evidence-based training program for persons who work with tobacco-and-nicotine dependent clients. Designed 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).
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.