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Course: NEW! Smokescreen: A Jewish Approach to Stop Smoking (Special: With purchase of this course, no charge for the companion Workbook course 'Smokescreen')
by Rabbi Bruce D. Forman, PhD and Maggidah S. Brombacher, PhD

CE Credit Hours: 11
Fee: $54

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Smokescreen is a Jewish-based approach to smoking cessation that allows the reader to achieve a spiritual cleansing and healing accompanied by the use of strategies and techniques that have been derived from both Jewish sources and the behavioral sciences. Many readers may be of Jewish heritage, but those who come from other faith traditions, notably those of Abrahamic roots (i.e., Christian; Muslim), will take away meaningful lessons that can improve their spiritual lives and thus lead them to eliminate smoking from their lives as well.

'Ostensibly about smoking cessation, this book goes beyond describing techniques and strategies, instead emphasizing how optimizing one's spiritual well-being becomes a means to stop smoking. The authors' presentation of diverse topics such as history, biblical law, Jewish mystical thought, psychology, biology and neuroscience results in a text that is both fascinating and informative. The inclusion of illustrations in addition to Talmudic and Chassidic tales aids in bringing home the teaching points and makes for entertaining reading. Their conclusion that maximizing one's spiritual potential is consistent with the evolutionary direction in which humankind is moving is certainly thought provoking. Overall, the authors offer a unique perspective on smoking cessation and end on an uplifting note of hopefulness on what is otherwise a grim subject.' --Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Purchase this Course and Receive at No Charge a 3CE Course on Workbook 'Smokescreen' A companion to this course (The Two Courses bring a Total of 14CE) [Workbook is paperback only.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Creating a treatment strategy based on the seven smoking maintenance factors, reasons to smoke, and reasons to stop smoking
  • Teaching clients to identify faulty cognitions and provide helpful alternatives
  • Employing a smoking cessation hypnotherapy script
  • Providing methods to cope with cravings

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is appropriate for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians and addiction professionals.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers ready.
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Bio: Bruce D. Forman, PhD

Rabbi Bruce D. Forman received his PhD from Duke University in 1978 and has worked as both an academic and practicing psychologist. Although raised in highly assimilated environment on Long Island, he experienced a religious epiphany at age 50 and then sought additional learning opportunities culminating in ordination as a rabbi in 2003. Owing to his love of stories and storytelling, a few years later he received ordination as a maggid, a traditional Jewish teacher and storyteller, from renowned maggid Yitzhak Buxbaum, a disciple of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, z'tl. Rabbi Bruce has published dozens of articles and book chapters. This is his sixth book and the third co-authored with Shoshannah. He lives in South Florida where he practices psychotherapy and hypnosis, and serves the Jewish community by officiating at weddings, baby naming's, and other life cycle events. He also serves as a rabbi on cruise ships.

Bio: Maggidah Shoshanna Brombacher, PhD

Maggidah Shoshannah Brombacher is originally from Amsterdam. She is a scholar, visual artist, and author who received ordination as a Maggidah from Yitzhak Buxbaum. She studied Ancient Middle Eastern Linguistics, Culture and Codicology at Leyden University (Holland), and completed a PhD dissertation on the medieval Sephardic Hebrew poetry of the Portuguese-Jewish Community of Amsterdam. She taught and researched at the Free University of Berlin and in Jerusalem and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. Shoshannah authored several academic and artistic books and illustrated or produced cover art for the works of many authors. Her art is internationally recognized and delves deeply into Jewish lore and legends. Although she identifies as Modern Orthodox, many examples of her work can be found on