Arkansas Cancer Coalition

BTI Program

With the help of a clinician, the odds of quitting tobacco more than double. While counseling and medication individually are effective for tobacco cessation, a combination of both is more effective. This training will show healthcare providers how to work with tobacco users to develop quit plans, to prescribe cessation medication and to refer them for lung cancer screenings.  

Target Audience

Physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, pharmacists, wellness managers, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, dental professionals, social workers, community health professionals, cancer and tobacco control advocates. 

Spring 2021

Date Session Trainer
February 2 Pharmacotherapy Dr. Kissack
February 3 Low Dose CT Screening Patricia Franklin
February 4 Motivational Interviewing​ Dr. Banken​

Motivational Interviewing

By the end of the session the participant will be able to: 

Low Dose CT Screening

By the end of the session the participant will be able to: 


By the end of the session the participant will be able to: 

About the Trainers

Julie C. Kissack, Pharm.D., BCPP 

Specialty: Pharmacotherapy

Julie C. Kissack,  Pharm.D., BCPP is Professor and Chair of Pharmacy Practice in the College of Pharmacy at Harding University.  She received her pharmacy training from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Kissack completed a post-doctoral Residency in Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice and an ASHP Research and Education Foundation Fellowship in Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy at the University of Tennessee.  She began her first faculty appointment at Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in 1988.  In January 2008 she joined the Harding University College of Pharmacy faculty and is a board-certified psychiatric pharmacist.  She has engaged in smoking cessation education and research for over 30 years. 

Patricia Franklin, APRN-MNSc, ACNP-BC, CTTS

Specialty: Low Dose CT Screening

Patricia works at UAMS with the Thoracic Surgery Oncology team and sees lung and esophageal cancer patients.  She has been a nurse practitioner for 15 years.  A major focus of her work has been the startup of the Low Dose CT screening program at UAMS, which has been in existence since 2014.  Since then, she has provided tobacco-cessation counseling onsite to help others become tobacco free.  In addition, she has initiated the “Freedom From Smoking” Groups to provide community members, employees and patients the skills to quit.  

Patricia graduated in 1987 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then 2003 with her Masters in Nursing and has a broad nursing background working with cardiology, internal medicine and now oncology.  Throughout this experience, she has encountered many disease processes that are impacted by smoking.  This has motivated her to attempt to intervene.  

In her spare time, she is a dog breeder of miniature long-haired dachshunds.  

Joseph A. Banken, Ph.D. 

Specialty: Motivational Interviewing

Joseph A. Banken, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Arkansas and Texas with over 15 years of experience in the professional practice of psychology. He has been listed in the National Register for Health Providers of Psychology for over 10 years. As a psychologist who has worked in a variety of treatment programs including Telehealth, Dr. Banken has treated the majority of behavioral health concerns and illnesses that occur in children and adults. He has a special interest in women’s health issues and substance abuse. 

Dr. Banken continues to conduct an active outpatient practice and has office hours in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he is a faculty member in the College of Medicine. Dr. Banken is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychology at The University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition to University responsibilities, he continues clinical research and publication in areas of behavioral health, and serves as a reviewer of a national journal for mental health. 

Sandra Brown, DNP, APRN 

Specialty: Motivational Interviewing

Sandra Brown is a Registered Nurse with more than 30 years of experience and earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainer (MINT) and has conducted numerous Motivational Interviewing workshops throughout the US and in Canada. A native of Little Rock, she lives in Edmond, OK with her husband and two dogs.

Event Calendar

<< Jun 2021 >>
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 1 2 3

Follow Us

Cancer is difficult. Getting help shouldn't be.

Imagine helping someone gain access to resources that reduce the struggle during a time of their life when so much is lost. Your donations connect people battling cancer with others ready and able to provide crucial assistance.