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FFS Facilitator Training - Alameda, CA - 2013/09/16
First 5 Alameda County, 1115 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, CA


Freedom From Smoking® group clinics are led by certified facilitators trained by the American Lung Association.  The training teaches facilitators how to lead the seven-week, quit-smoking clinics and use methods proven to help those who smoke create a plan to successfully quit.

The facilitator training helps participants understand the quitting process. Through lectures and group activities, participants learn the concepts, philosophy, materials and techniques used in our seven-week Freedom From Smoking® program.  Those who successfully complete the training will be certified by the American Lung Association as Freedom From Smoking® Facilitators

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of effective group leadership 
  • Facilitate each Freedom From Smoking® module
  • Implement a variety of problem-solving techniques
  • Define key levels of communication skills.

Most ex-smokers say quitting was the hardest thing they have ever done – and it's the most important for good health. So if you are looking for a way to make the most difference in someone's life, this is it.


Qualifications to become a Certified Facilitator:

  • Be someone who has not used any tobacco product in the last year
  • Be experienced in and comfortable with facilitating groups
  • Knowledge of tobacco prevention education &/or treatment (preferred)
  • Attend the one and a half day Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator Training Workshop
  • Complete and abide by the Facilitators Agreement Form
  • Conduct at least 1 clinic every 2 years

Freedom From Smoking® Clinic Expectations:

  • The facilitator is responsible for providing each participant with their own participant workbook
  • Materials/participant packets are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced
  • Materials/participant packets are ordered from your local American Lung Association (Please request a price list)
  • Participant packet includes:
    - Participant Handbook (88 pages), printed in four-color and is filled with activities/worksheets
    - Relaxation CD which contains exercises that can be used with FFS and other ALA programs for adults

The cost of the two-day facilitator training workshop is $350*. (Training cost does not include licensing fee or clinic materials.)


Day 1: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Day 2: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Additional one-on-one support is available to certified facilitators by the American Lung Association's Lung Helpline.  The nurses, respiratory therapists and quit specialists can provide additional guidance and resources to help facilitators lead successful clinics.


The participant fee covers:
  • Facilitator Training with access to Facilitator Website
  • One (1) Facilitator Guide & one (1) Participant Handbook with Relaxation CD
  • Additional Resources/Information
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Snacks and Lunch

Facilitator Website

Through a password-protected website, certified facilitators will have access to:

  • Curriculum updates
  • The FFS Basic Clinic Module
  • The full scripted version of each clinical session
  • Marketing resources from the American Lung Association and Krames Stay Well

*Please note there will be no refunds given for cancellations after 8/30.

For information about the Freedom From Smoking® facilitator course you may download this flyer or email Renee Sankus at

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1115 Atlantic Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
United States

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