Practical Counseling and Communication Strategies: Tobacco Cessation

Format Publication ID Version Published
Multimedia, Presentation 9324 1 January 28, 2013
Indiana University School of Dentistry


The resources is a teaching module containing one 79-slide set with notes entitled, “Practical Counseling and Communication Strategies: Tobacco Cessation”. This presentation contains three formative learning activities and several video clips demonstrating communication techniques involved in tobacco cessation counseling interventions. It also includes a slide script, Reference list and Instructor's Guide as well as a sample 10-item assessment based on the content of the module.


Romito L, Coan L, Christen A. Practical Counseling and Communication Strategies: Tobacco Cessation. MedEdPORTAL; 2013. Available from:

Educational Objectives

  1. To explain the principles of practical counseling and motivational interviewing as applied in tobacco cessation counseling.
  2. To explain the stages of Health Behavior Change and identify a patient’s current stage of change.
  3. To explain the 5As tobacco dependence intervention and provide examples of patient-practitioner communication for each step of the process.
  4. To demonstrate the communication strategies involved in motivational interviewing, and practical counseling for tobacco cessation.


  • Tobacco Use Cessation (MeSH), Education (MeSH), Counseling (MeSH), Motivational Interviewing (MeSH), Communication (MeSH), Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection


  • Medical
    • Allergy & Immunology
    • Dermatology
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Preventive Medicine
    • Public Health
    • Surgery-General


  • Dental
    • Advanced Dental Education
    • Advanced Education in General Dentistry
    • Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment
    • Communication & Interpersonal Skills
    • Establishment & Maintenance of Oral Health
    • Human Behavior
    • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
    • Patient Care
    • Skills & Doctoring

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Patient Care
  • Dental
    • Health Promotion
    • Interpersonal & Communication Skills
    • Patient Care
    • Preclinical & Clinical Skills
    • Professionalism

Academic Focus

  • Clinical Sciences
    • Clinical Skills/Doctoring

Professional Interest

  • Health Education
  • Oral Health
  • Substance Abuse

Organ Systems

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student
    • Nursing Student
  • Professional School Post-Graduate Training
    • Resident
  • University/College Graduate
    • Masters Student

Instructional Methods

  • Assessment
    • Communication Skills
    • Empathy
    • Knowledge
    • Motivation
  • Lecture

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