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The continuing education workshop series helps to equip Quit Smoking Consultants with information and knowledge about developments in the tobacco control sphere.

Objectives

These workshops aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • Ensure Quit Smoking Consultants have access to information and updates in the area of smoking cessation
  • Facilitate the sharing of ideas among Quit Smoking Consultants 

Pre-requisites

Practicing Quit Smoking Consultants from all levels of training are welcome to attend. However, priority will be given to Certified Quit Smoking Consultants. We will sponsor the full costs of each participant.

Workshops available

MI – Enhancing Motivation for ChangeCessation (19-04)

Workshop Code: 19-04

Speaker: Ms Joy Ong

Motivational interviewing is a way of being with a client, not just a set of techniques for doing counselling (Miller & Rollnick, 1991). Motivational interviewing is a technique in which we become a helper in the change process and express acceptance of our clients.  Although some people can continue change on their own, others require more formal treatment and support in order to quit tobacco use successfully.  Even for clients with resistance to change, motivational interviewing sets the important foundation to subsequent therapeutic work.  Using motivational interviewing techniques, we work through clients’ ambivalence by eliciting their intrinsic motivations and values.

The workshop will also teach participants about the 5 main principles of motivational interviewing framework, as well as 5 opening strategies to explore ambivalence in a safe setting. Useful MI questioning techniques will also be shared with participants to work with clients on increasing their motivation for change. 

CQSC Consultants only

25 Apr 2019

 

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Health Studio 4 (Level 3)

 


Understanding the 5 Basic Needs of A Client Who Smokes & Empowering Change through Helpful Questioning Techniques (19-05)

Workshop Code: 19-05

Speaker: Ms Joy Ong

Choice Theory states that the only person whose behaviour we can control is our own.  People choose behaviours based on their intrinsic motivations, and we can choose how we respond to a situation.  In addiction work, clinicians can empower clients to make their own choices about change, and works on improving the quality of their relationships with others.  The workshop breaks down human needs into five basic categories.  Individuals may not be fully aware of their basic needs but these needs will still motivate their choices, such as in their behaviours to continue or to quit.

The workshop will also teach participants about the seven deadly habits and seven caring habits in a relationship, especially between clinician and a client.  This segment aims to help consultants promote self-awareness and enhance their methods of working with persons who smoke.  Useful questioning techniques will also be shared with participants to work with clients on increasing their motivation and changing their behaviours.

CQSC Consultants only

20 Jun 2019

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Health Studio 4(Level 3)

Case conference: Smoking cessation in community settings (19-06)

Workshop Code: 19-06

Speaker: Ms Susan Tan

Tobacco smoking is the largest preventable cause of death and disease, the health benefits of smoking cessation is remarkable regardless of the duration of smoking. Therefore, it is important that health care professionals are aware of the most effective treatment available.

The case conference provides a platform for health care professionals to:

  • Sharing of clinical experiences in smoking cessation among participants               
  • Learn the most effective programmes, frameworks and strategies available               
  • Discuss the challenges faced when providing smoking cessation interventions                
  • Propose creative solutions to the challenges raised

Participants will need to prepare and submit a brief write-up on the case which they will be sharing including how it was handled and the outcome at the end of the counselling process a week before the workshop in softcopy.

 

Workshop Outline:

At the end of the interactive session, the participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills on:

  • Diverse Clients                
    • Experience sharing among the health care professionals on their diverse cases and how the case was handled, and the outcome: success or fail                   
  • Peer Learning and Personal Mastery

Participants will discuss and brainstorm on techniques to handle diverse clients as given in the case studies, and formulate an appropriate treatment plans for these clients. Participants will also have to look at the pros and cons of their proposed treatment plans and select the most appropriate one.

CQSQ Consultants only

25 Jul 2019

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Health Studio 4(Level 3)


Providing a Structure to your Session and Making Appropriate Referrals (19-07)

Workshop Code: 19-07

Speaker : Ms Susan Tan

Quit Smoking Consultants are often faced with time constraint and the need of completing the administrative aspect of the counselling process. In addition there are times where the Quit Smoking Consultants lack the necessary expertise to work with the smokers with their personal issues. Being able to creatively structure the session according to the needs of the smokers and knowing where to make appropriate referrals so that the smokers are able to find the optimal solutions for their issues is key to work effectively with the smokers within the time constraints.

Programme Objectives:

At the end of the programme, participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills to:

  • Assess the needs of the smokers and plan the contents for the counselling session
  • Know the community resources so as to make appropriate referrals whenever necessary

Programme Outline:

  • Planning the Session
    • Audience analysis:
      • Profile: age, educational level, etc
      • Needs and expectations
      • Types of learner
  • Opening (Objectives for the session)
  • Contents and appropriate activities
  • What to cover in the session?
  • Making appropriate referrals whenever necessary
    • Know the list of community resources
    • Know where to source for resources
    • Practice appropriate referral procedures
  • Ending the Session
  • Review objectives set
  • Identify milestones achieved

Case study will be used during the programme to facilitate knowledge transfer.

CQSC Consultants only

23 Aug 2019

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Health Studio 4 (Level 3)

Family Mapping & Assessment in Smoking Cessation and Addiction Counselling (19-08)

Workshop Code: 19-08

Speaker: Ms Joy Ong

The family mapping process can be used to identify patterns in the client’s family history which may have an influence on the smoking or addictive behaviours.  A family map is also an excellent tool to learn about family structure, family needs and to provide insight about the relationships in the family.

 

We can also use the family map to elicit strengths and support network within the family system for our clients or patients who struggle with smoking or addictive behaviours. This is an especially important clinical tool if we work with children and youth who smoke, especially if we want to assess for their triggers, stressors, and work with them through a process of change.

CQSC Consultants only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 Sep 2019

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Health Studio 4(Level 3)

Case Conference – Workplace Settings (19-09)

Workshop Code: 19-09

Speaker: Ms Joy Ong

The case conference aims to discuss cases seen at the workplace settings.  This may include working with youth or adult clients who are not willing to go for treatment.  The case conference will provide specific interventions and insights into working with clients who are highly unmotivated and resistant, and work out ways to angle the interventions effectively.

CQSC Consultants only

15 Oct 2019

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Health Studio 4 (Level 3)
Recognising Clinical Burnout & Resistance in Counselling Process – Self-care for smoking cessation counsellors (20-01)
Workshop Code: 20-01

Speaker – Ms Joy Ong

Can we care too much?  As defined by Figley (1995), compassions fatigue is a state of tension experienced by those helping people in distress.  Compassions fatigue is a form of burnout that manifests itself as physical and emotional exhaustion.  The helping professionals experiencing burnout or compassion fatigue may feel overwhelmed, disconnected or frustrated.  Professionals may also become irritable, increasingly cynical at work or have excessive complaints about work or administrative duties.

Questionnaires may also be used to help participants gain awareness about their own stress levels.  As this is an experiential workshop, participants will be engaged in sharing sessions about their journeys in walking with persons who smoke, as well as the built-up emotions that they may about smoking cessation and addiction counselling work.  The workshop will also focus on ways to begin self-care and healing process so that we can transform compassion fatigue into compassion satisfaction. 

CQSC Consultants only

16 Jan 2020

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Health Studio 4(Level 3)

Emerging Tobacco Products - E-Cigarettes, Shisha, Vaping, Pipes (20-02)

Workshop: 20-02

Speaker: Ms Joy Ong

The workshop will discuss the latest trends in tobacco usage – E-Cigarettes, Shisha, Vaping, Pipes etc and how adults clients may be using the products.  Speaker will also add on an update on the latest trends in both adult and youth tobacco usage, as well as relevant legislations in Singapore.

 

The workshop will also discuss how we can contribute to championing a tobacco-free lifestyle.  A component may be added in to allow space for brainstorming of ideas on advocacy of tobacco prevention in our respective clinical work with different patients/clients.

CQSC Consultants only

20 Feb 2020

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Health Studio 4(Level 3)


Case conference: Smoking cessation in workplace settings (19-03)

Workshop: 19-03

Speaker: Ms Susan Tan

Tobacco smoking is the largest preventable cause of death and disease, the health benefits of smoking cessation is remarkable regardless of the duration of smoking. In order to reach smokers in the working population, many institutions and service providers now conduct smoking cessation programmes in the workplace.

 

The case conference provides a platform for health care professionals to:

  • Sharing of clinical experiences in smoking cessation among participants
  • Learn the most effective intervention available
  • Discuss the challenges faced when providing smoking cessation
  • interventions
  • Propose creative solutions to the challenges raised

Participants will need to prepare and submit a brief write-up on the case which they will be sharing including how it was handled and the outcome at the end of the counselling process a week before the workshop.

 

Objectives

The program is designed to enable health care professionals to:

  • Increase their awareness of the diverse clients, and the tried and tested ways of handling such clients.
  • Develop appropriate treatment plan and strategies to handle diverse clients

Workshop Outline

At the end of the interactive session, the participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills on:

  • Diverse Clients
    • Experience sharing among the health care professionals on their diverse cases and how the case was handled, and the outcome: success or fail
  • Peer Learning and Personal Mastery
  • Participants will discuss and brainstorm on techniques to handle diverse clients as given in the case studies, and formulate an appropriate treatment plans for these clients. Participants will also have to look at the pros and cons of their proposed treatment plans and select the most appropriate one.

 

CQSC Consultants only

22 Mar 2019

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Dance Studio (Level 4)


Case conference: Smoking cessation in healthcare settings (20-03)

Workshop: 20-03

Speaker: Ms Susan Tan

Tobacco smoking is the largest preventable cause of death and disease, the health benefits of smoking cessation is remarkable regardless of the duration of smoking. Therefore, it is important that health care professionals are aware of the most effective treatment available.

The case conference provides a platform for health care professionals to:

  • Sharing of clinical experiences in smoking cessation among participants

     

  • Learn the most effective intervention available
  • Discuss the challenges faced when providing smoking cessation interventions
  • Propose creative solutions to the challenges raised

     

    Participants will need to prepare and submit a brief write-up on the case which they will be sharing including how it was handled and the outcome at the end of the counselling process a week before the workshop.

    Objectives:

    The program is designed to enable health care professionals to:

  • Increase their awareness of the diverse clients (including youths), and the tried and tested ways of handling such clients.
  • Develop appropriate treatment plan and strategies to handle diverse clients

Workshop Outline:

At the end of the interactive session, the participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills on:

  • Diverse Clients
    • Experience sharing among the health care professionals on their diverse cases and how the case was handled, and the outcome: success or fail
  • Peer Learning and Personal Mastery

Participants will discuss and brainstorm on techniques to handle diverse clients as given in the case studies, and formulate an appropriate treatment plans for these clients. Participants will also have to look at the pros and cons of their proposed treatment plans and select the most appropriate one.

CQSC Consultants only

19 Mar 2020

1.30pm – 5.30pm

Health Studio 4(Level 3)


Points awarded

For nurses and pharmacists, the modules in these workshops are considered a form of training and there will be points awarded to your training credits:

  • 2 CNE points will be awarded to nurses
  • 2 CPE points will be awarded to pharmacists

How to apply

To register, kindly submit the following information to Ms Sarifah Salbiah at sarifah_salbiah_sayed_ahmad@hpb.gov.sg:

  • Workshop code number
  • Full name
  • Organisation and designation
  • CPE number, PRN number or NRIC number
  • Contact number

Kindly confirm your availability before registering. Requests to cancel any registration must be made at least 14 days before the event date through the above email address. Registrants who fail to attend the workshop they have registered for without a valid reason may be rejected from subsequent workshops, at the organisers’ discretion.