What is a Facilitator?
The Freedom From Smoking® facilitator is responsible for conducting the clinic. He or she introduces the techniques to the participants, coordinate the activities, and facilitate group interaction. The Facilitator must help maintain participants' motivation and commitment to quitting smoking. This should be done with enthusiasm, belief, empathy, and knowledge. Facilitators are the foundation of Freedom From Smoking®.
Facilitators are usually someone 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. People who are already involved in health education or health care also make excellent facilitators because of their interest in healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
Becoming a Facilitator
Freedom From Smoking® facilitators must have received the Freedom From Smoking®facilitator training from the American Lung Association and have not 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.
Facilitators learn and experience:
- How to conduct sessions and group activities
- What challenges may arise
- How to handle potential challenges
For a list of upcoming facilitator training in your state, click here.