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On-PAR Online Training

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The On-PAR Online Training can assist behavioral health programs and service providers to treat tobacco dependence on par with other substance use disorders. Our target audience includes the following:

  • DPH-BSAS Tobacco Education Coordinators
  • DPH-BSAS program administrators (program and/or clinical directors, clinical supervisors, nursing staff, medical directors, and other management staff)
  • DMH supervisors, counselors and peer recovery specialists

The On-PAR Online Training addresses specific practice/treatment barriers and challenges to integration and implementation of tobacco treatment in behavioral health settings. It consists of four lessons which provide strategies for integrating tobacco education and treatment into behavioral health systems:

  • LESSON 1: Reviews the rationale for addressing tobacco dependence within the behavioral health community. This lesson offers cessation treatment information and examines the process of tobacco/nicotine dependence recovery.
  • LESSON 2: Reviews the biological, psychological and social factors that influence why people start using tobacco, continue to use tobacco and have difficulty quitting.
  • LESSON 3: Reviews the process of change and the Stages of Change model in tobacco dependence treatment.
  • LESSON 4: Reviews motivational interviewing strategies to facilitate change in the treatment of tobacco dependence.

If you have any questions or difficulty accessing the training, contact Janet Smeltz at janetsmeltz@healthrecovery.org.


The On-PAR Online Training project was developed by the Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR), and its Tobacco, Addictions, Policy, and Education (TAPE) Project. On-PAR was funded through a generous grant from Pfizer IGLC, and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC). Other organizations involved in developing the training were the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS), and its vendor agencies; the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH); and John Snow, Inc., JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.

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