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Buprenorphine-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence: An Online Course for Front-Line Clinicians

This course is held under the auspices of the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario.


This course aims to present a framework for providing maintenance treatment for opioid dependence with buprenorphine/naloxone, including its use in a primary care setting. The course walks the learner through the key elements of selecting, preparing, initiating and maintaining a patient with opioid dependence on buprenorphine/naloxone maintenance treatment.
A blend of narrative text, video role-plays, short answer and multiple choice questions frame the course. Excerpts and recommendations are embedded from the CAMH publication, Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Opioid Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline.

Learning Objectives

  • Outline the evidence supporting buprenorphine as an effective opioid agonist maintenance treatment.
  • Integrate a collaborative approach (following the spirit of motivational interviewing) into communication with patients. 
  • Determine the treatment course, after weighing the pros and cons of all treatment options for opioid dependence, in light of the evidence and the patient's context and values.
  • Prior to beginning their treatment, diagnose patients for opioid dependence based on the DSM criteria. 
  • Prior to beginning their treatment, assess patients for concurrent conditions that may need to be stabilized before induction. 
  • Achieve safe and effective patient induction onto buprenorphine/naloxone in an ambulatory setting by following the steps outlined in the CAMH publication, Buprenorphine/Naloxone for Opioid Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline. 
  • Manage opioid overdoses in the ambulatory setting. 
  • In the ambulatory setting, manage patients in the maintenance stage of treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone by providing client-centred care that is safe to patients and the community. 

Target Audience

Front-line clinicians who provide treatment for opioid dependence; family physicians in particular.

Delivery Method

This is a self-paced, online course. The course is comprised of 5 modules, and learners have five weeks to complete the course.




Refunds for advance (prior to start date) cancellation will be subject to an administrative fee of $100.00.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


Participants interested in obtaining a Certificate in Opioid Dependence Treatment must complete the ODT Core Course plus three or four elective courses to meet the certificate requirement of a total of 39 or more hours.
This course is accredited for:
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada - 15.0 Mainpro+ credits
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons -  15.0 Section 1 hours


University of Toronto

Course start date

May 14 - June 25, 2018
Please click on the link below to register:


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