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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. 


Online from:  November 10 to December 21, 2014


Delivery Method

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



Fee: $325​


There are no prerequisites for this course.


The course is in the process of being accredited for:
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada MainPro M1 credits.
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Section 1 credits.


University of Toronto


November 10 - December 21, 2014
Please click the link below to register:


Robyn Steidman
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