Freedom From Smoking Facilitator Training
Community Engagement Manager—Idaho
The American Lung Association in Idaho conducts Freedom From Smoking® facilitator trainings throughout the year. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator for Freedom From Smoking®, please contact Liz for more information about the course and the date/time of our next training.
What is Freedom From Freedom From Smoking®?
The Freedom From Smoking® group clinic consists of eight sessions. It is delivered by a Lung Association-trained facilitator in a small-group setting (usually eight to 10 people), so participants receive personalized attention. At the same time, individuals benefit from the support of their peers, who are going through the same stages at the same time. The curriculum includes the latest research about nicotine replacement therapy (gum, inhalers, patches, lozenges and nasal spray) and other smoking cessation medications such as Zyban® and Chantix®.
Each clinic session uses techniques based on pharmacological and psychological principles and methods designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. Because no single cessation technique is effective for all smokers, the program includes a comprehensive variety of evidence-based cessation techniques.
What Is a Facilitator?
As a Freedom From Smoking® facilitator, you're responsible for conducting the clinic. You introduce the techniques to the participants, coordinate the activities and facilitate group interaction. You must help maintain participants' motivation and commitment to quitting smoking. This should be done with enthusiasm, belief, empathy and knowledge. As a facilitator, you form the foundation of Freedom From Smoking®.
Facilitators are usually people who already volunteers for similar projects. Such volunteers often have the personality, discipline and sense of responsibility needed to take on the extra task of helping others. If you are already involved in health education or health care, you may be an excellent facilitator because of your interest in healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
Becoming a Facilitator
Freedom From Smoking® facilitators receive the Freedom From Smoking® facilitator training from the American Lung Association and must not have used tobacco in any form for at least 12 months.
The facilitator training explains nicotine addiction, curriculum content and implementation, and how to conduct group processes.
You will learn and experience:
- How to conduct sessions and group activities
- What challenges may arise
- How to handle potential challenges
Once you become a facilitator, resources are available to help you recruit participants and encourage potential partners to support Freedom From Smoking® at FFSFacilitator.com