Elective in Clinical Tobacco Cessation Counseling

Course Number: TCC 189
Course Director: Dr. Romito
Credit Hours: 1
Semester/Year of Course: Fall Year 4
                                      Spring Year 4

Course Purpose:
The purpose of the proposed course is to give the student a deeper understanding of the nature of nicotine addiction, improve and practice communication skills necessary for tobacco cessation counseling of dental patients. This course provides the student an opportunity to integrate tobacco-related concepts learned in previous years of the pre-doctoral curriculum and apply them in the clinical setting to actually facilitate tobacco cessation in their patient population. As such, it serves as a capstone experience

1. Enhance understanding of nicotine addiction
2. Enhance understanding of counseling methods for tobacco cessation
3. Practice communication skills /counseling techniques for tobacco cessation
4. Develop a personalized tobacco cessation treatment plan based on patient characteristics and needs
5. Enhance student ability and confidence in engaging in tobacco cessation activities

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Understand the purpose of the Tobacco Assessment Questionnaire (TAQ) in cessation counseling
2. Understand the basic physiologic and psychological concepts of nicotine addiction
3. Given a specific patient’s history, identify the significant medical and oral health implications of tobacco use
4. Explain the Fagerstrom Nicotine Dependence Score, Horn Psychological Test, Zung Depression Assessment and the AUDIT Screening and given a specific patient, correlate findings from these assessment tools.
5. Understand the basic components of tobacco cessation counseling and specific communication techniques involved
6. Formulate a personalized cessation plan for a patient, based on assessment results, that addresses the patients’
    physiological and psychological needs.
7. After presenting the cessation plan to the patient, develop strategies for and implement a follow-through plan with that patient.
8. Reflect on the importance of tobacco cessation within the practice setting and formulate an implementation plan for the dental
    office team.