MDQuit Trainings


MDQuit Trainings

***MDQuit is excited to offer a new training resource called Tobacco 101:  Fact Sheets for a Foundational Knowledge in Tobacco and Cessation. This resource offers a collection of "fact sheets" on various tobacco and cesstion topics, from e-cigarettes to social justice issues.  Access this resource by clicking here.  


“Best Practices for Tobacco Cessation & Prevention: Empowering Maryland Providers”

MDQuit, along with the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MD AAP), hosted a webinar on Thursday, June 25, 2015. This webinar is now available for view by the public.  To access the webinar, please view the information HERE

Breaking the Habit in Behavioral Health (BH2)
The MDQuit Resource Center developed and is disseminating a training program titled, “Breaking the Habit in Behavioral Health: New Hope for Clients Who Smoke” for behavioral health providers across Maryland. Scroll down for a description of these trainings. The scheduled trainings will take place at UMBC South Campus Research & Technology Park, Halethorpe, MD 21227.  

Here is a list of our upcoming BH2 trainings at our UMBC South Campus. Click on the link(s) to register:

    MDQuit offers the following trainings:

Brief Interventions & Fax-to-Assist

Preparing to Quit

Breaking the Habit in Behavioral Health

Fax-to-Assist [online]

Supported Trainings:

              Brief Interventions for Tobacco - Outline Training for Providers is Now Available!

Please see the list of trainings offered and supported by MDQuit outlined below.  If you do not see a description that meets your agency’s needs, please contact a Center Specialist and we can work with you to see if we can tailor a training to your needs and/or the populations served at your agency.


If you are interested in hosting a training event for your organization/group, please fill out the application linked below:

Click here for Training Request Form

Upon receipt of the Training Request Form, a Center Specialist will be in touch with you by phone to coordinate training details.

MDQuit Trainings:


Goal:  This training provides a brief introduction on integrating stages of change and motivational interviewing techniques in addressing smoking cessation with clients using the A3C model to talk about quitting and connecting clients to local resources or Quitline services using Fax-to-Assist. There are three core components to this training:

  1. Screening and Brief Intervention using the A3C Approach:
  • Ask:  About tobacco use every time
  • Advise:  Urge tobacco users to quit
  • Assess:  Determine willingness to make a quit attempt
  • Connect:  Make an effective connection to local provider/resource or Quitline services (includes training and certification in Fax-to-Assist)
  1. Stages of Change:  Review of the behavior change process and the smoker’s journey through the process using the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) and the five Stages of Change.  Each stage represents important tasks an individual needs to accomplish in order to achieve long-term sustained change.
  1. Motivational Enhancement Strategies:  Adaptation of motivational interviewing strategies for brief interventions; helping clients resolve ambivalence and strengthen a client’s motivation to quit.

Who is the Training audience:  Any providers or other professionals interested in helping clients quit smoking.

Training length:  Ideally 60 to 90 minutes


Goal:  This training prepares you to use a single group or individual session to help prepare smokers to quit.  Trainees will receive background information on the smoking habit, reasons for quitting, a manual, and accompanying handouts to use with clients.

Who is the training audience:  Providers or community members working with adolescents or adults who are interested in providing information and a brief  interactive intervention with aids to clients who smoke.

Training length:  90 minutes


3. Breaking the Habit in Behavioral Health (BH2): New Hope for Clients Who Smoke

All trainees will learn about behavioral health smoking risks, common myths about smoking in behavioral health populations, basic information on how to use Nicotine Replacement Therapy(NRT)/Pharmacotherapy as well as basic cognitive-behavioral and motivational enhancement strategies, and discuss organizational and cultural factors impacting implementation.
There are two formats available
Single Session (Morning): Trainees are taught how to work with clients who smoke and are given a tailored, multi-component single session protocol (for use in individual or group sessions), as well as a brief intervention protocol, to help prepare behavioral health clients to quit using tobacco.
Who is the training audience: Mental Health or Substance Abuse providers who have experience running groups or have the capacity to work individually with clients on smoking cessation and only have a single session to dedicate to smoking cessation efforts with clients.
Training Length: 3 hrs
Please note: there is a maximum of 20 trainees for these trainings.  All trainees will be awarded 3 CEU credits for completion of the entire training.
Multiple Session (Morning and Afternoon): In addition to the single session content, trainees are taught how to work with clients who smoke and are given a flexible and interactive multiple session smoking cessation group protocol, as well as a brief intervention protocol. This tailored, multi-component protocol will assist providers in conducting groups geared to help behavioral health clients to quit using tobacco.
Who is the training audience: Mental Health or Substance Abuse providers who have experience running groups and have the capacity to run multiple session smoking cessation groups in their agency.
Training Length: 6 hrs
Please note: there is a maximum of 20 trainees for these trainings.  All trainees will be awarded 6 CEU credits for completion of the entire training.
Administrator and Staff Trainings (BH2)

Goal:  This training aims to address organizational level factors that impact implementation of organizational change to support individual change, like smoking cessation.  Trainees will be provided a background of smoking and cessation myths in behavioral health treatment settings and an overview of best practices for smoking cessation in this population.  The training will also include discussion on how to help the agency develop appropriate policies, interventions, and resources to build capacity for smoking cessation in the treatment setting.

Who is the training audience:  Administrators, directors, and support staff in behavioral health agencies interested in emphasizing and implementing smoking cessation efforts in their treatment settings.

Training length:  30 to 60 minutes



4. FAX-to-ASSIST [Online]

Goal:  This training teaches the nuts and bolts of how to use the Fax-to-Assist referral program providing you a convenient and more immediate way to refer clients who smoke to Maryland’s Quitline for counseling services.  Trainees receive information on Quitline services, directions on how to make fax referrals, and materials to begin a fax referral program in your organization.  HIPAA covered entities can also get feedback on these referrals from the Quitline.

Who is the training audience:  Any medical, social services, or other healthcare providers, or other professionals interested in helping clients who smoke to quit.

Training length:  20 minutes

Link to online training:

For more information, please see our Fax to Assist Manual.


Supported Trainings:

Treating Tobacco Use in Maryland:  Tools for Helping Your Patients Quit

The Maryland Tobacco Quitline has a NEW online training to help
healthcare providers address tobacco with their patients! 

This training features the abbreviated AAR – Ask, Advise, and Refer – intervention, referral methods for the Quitline, and pharmacology information. This training introduces healthcare providers to tools and resources geared to help them develop or refine strategies to address tobacco cessation treatment and referrals for their patients. Participants who complete the training will become familiar with the available services provided by the Maryland Tobacco Quitline, how to refer a patient for tobacco cessation services, and leverage existing community and other resources to help their patients quit using tobacco.

Click on this link to access the training: 

The training is FREE to healthcare providers and is sponsored by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Maryland Tobacco Quitline. Upon completion of the online training, participants may be eligible to receive CME credits approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians.








Last updated: March 14, 2017