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QUIT Training

QUIT design and deliver bespoke on-site health professional training courses for a variety of organisations, tailored to meet your individual needs. Courses can accommodate up to 16 delegates.

Our courses include:

Introduction To Motivational Interviewing – The aim of the training is to develop understanding and awareness, extend knowledge and increase the skills needed to encourage patients to consider behaviour change. We cover topics such as development of motivational interviewing; motivation as a vehicle for change; components of change: ready willing & able; empathy, self-efficacy, ambivalence, resistance & discrepancy; and interaction, open-questions & effective listening. There will be plenty of opportunities for skills practice. The training is suitable for health care professionals wanting a basic introduction to motivational interviewing.

Cannabis – Debates and Difficulties – Cannabis is one of the most readily obtainable recreational drugs in Britain, being used by an estimated 3.2 million people. The effects of cannabis in conjunction with nicotine frequently result in failed quit attempts. The workshop will help you to understand and identify cannabis/nicotine dependence, as well as giving you ideas for working with it. We will look at recent research on the subject, the implications for health and explore the implications for quitting.

QUIT Mental Health and Smoking Course – At any one time 1 in 6 people of working age will have a mental health problem, most often anxiety or depression. 1 person in 250 will have a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder. This course is aimed at smoking cessation advisors and support workers who find themselves working with clients with mental health issues or who may be invited to do smoking cessation work in mental health settings. The course will include information and discussion on the issues involved in mental health and how these impact on smoking cessation work.

Helping Young Smokers to Quit – A one-day training course which will enable you to design and deliver effective Smoking Cessation Support Groups for young people. We cover topics such as understanding smoking in young people, designing effective smoking cessation groups, including number in groups, recruitment of young people, suggested week by week outline, working in schools and alternative settings, as well as evaluation, ethical / confidentiality issues and NRT in young people.

Extended 2-Day Helping Young Smokers to Quit – An extended in-depth course which will assist you in influencing young peoples attitudes and actions, and will enable you to design and deliver effective Smoking Cessation Support Groups for this challenging client group. The course is offered in response to delegate requests to introduce a two-day course, presenting further time for discussion, group work and practising new skills and techniques. We cover topics such as understanding smoking in young people, addictive behaviour and withdrawal, stop smoking techniques for young people, designing effective smoking cessation groups, suggested week by week outline, activity and games ideas, passive smoking and environmental issues, as well as evaluation, ethical / confidentiality issues and NRT in young people. Delegates will have the opportunity both to create and try out activities that can be used during weekly stop smoking groups, and this will increase delegate confidence and their ability to deliver the groups.

Breaking the Smoking Depression Cycle – Many depressive smokers self-medicate their depression with nicotine, and research shows that on quitting smoking they may become increasingly prone to further depression, and relapse. The one-day training course helps Health Professionals to understand and identify the smoking depression cycle, as well as giving ideas for working with it.

Relapse Prevention – Quitting can be hard. Smokers often take several attempts before they kick the habit, and a recent study indicates that 75% of four-week quitters relapse after one year. This one-day workshop examines the reasons why smokers relapse and explores ways to minimise this behaviour.

Pregnancy and Smoking – This one-day workshop will increase your understanding of the issues faced by pregnant smokers, and develop your communication skills for working with this client group. We look at topics such as health risks of smoking in pregnancy, raising the issue whilst maintaining a positive relationship, barriers to quitting, lone parent issues, NRT and pregnancy, relapse prevention and relaxation techniques.

Lone Parents and Smoking – There are 1.75 million lone parents in Great Britain, caring for 3 million children – half of which live below the poverty line. People living on lower incomes are more likely to take up smoking. Despite a similar desire to quit as other groups, they are less likely to quit. This course aim to help multidisciplinary workers identify ways to talk to lone parents about quitting smoking and provide appropriate support to those wishing to stop. The training is suitable for key workers such as Sure Start workers, midwives, health visitors and healthcare workers who work with lone parents.

Implementing and Sustaining Workplace Smoking Policies – This one-day workshop is aimed at private and public sector employees who are involved in policy decision-making, implementation and enforcement. The course will outline the need for, and enable employers to design and implement effective Smoking Policies. It will help decide what type of policy might be most suitable for their organisation, look at practical solutions, timeframes, and understand who should be involved in the implementation of the policy. This course is currently only available regionally delivered on behalf of PCTs and other organisations.

Solving Smoking Challenges – This hands on one-day workshop explores everyday challenges and creates practical solutions for smoking cessation professionals. We investigate topics such as working with challenging behaviours, improving client motivation, working within tough budgets and targets, and discussing individual smoking cessation problems. We will work through your issues and together develop solutions based on the groups shared experiences and current research evidence.

Helping Smokers to Quit, Level 3 – Three-day intensive training, providing delegates with the knowledge and skills to enable them to design and deliver effective smoking cessation treatment programmes. The course focus on recent research and evidence based treatments, and also concentrates on developing delegates confidence, interpersonal, counselling and group skills.

Helping Smokers to Quit, Level 2 – A two-day training course, looking at the evidence base and providing health professionals with the skills to motivate smokers to stop and stay stopped.

Helping Smokers to Quit, Level 1 – A one-day training course, equipping trainees with the basic research proven skills and knowledge to enable them to provide brief smoking cessation interventions for their clients.