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Opioid Dependence Treatment (ODT) Core Course

Please note: This is the main page for the course.  It presents the overall course description, learning objectives, delivery method, target audience and information about the ODT certificate.  For ODT core course accreditation, registration dates, and costs specific to Ontario, Alberta or Nova Scotia, please click on the links listed under Related Information.


This course will prepare learners to effectively and safely manage the treatment of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine for opioid dependence.  The course will also promote interprofessional collaboration among the health care team involved in the delivery of opioid dependence treatment.

Learning objectives

  • Explain the pharmacology of opioidsand how they affect the brain
  • Assess patients for opioid dependence based on criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
  • Differentiate abstinence-based treatment and withdrawal management from methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment
  • Decide on the appropriate treatment modalities for opioid-dependent clients
  • Implement safe prescribing, dosing and dispensing of methadone and buprenorphine
  • Incorporate urine drug testing into opioid maintenance treatment program
  • Include counselling and case management in methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment
  • Demonstrate interprofessional collaboration when providing opioid dependence treatment with methadone and buprenorphine.

Delivery method

The course uses a blended delivery format that includes online and face-to-face components.

The online component involves five self-paced modules.  Learners with internet access can access the course at any time and from any location.  Note:  Learners must complete these online modules prior to attending the face-to-face workshop.

The one-day workshop takes place on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday).  It is a case-based learning event that focuses on delivering treatment to clients through interprofessional collaboration.


  • Physicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Other health care professionals involved in ODT

Please  note:  Currently, this course is not open to pharmacy technicians, lab technicians or medical receptionists.  Please consider this course for pharmacy technicians/assistants:

ODT Certificate

Participants interested in obtaining the ODT certificate must complete the ODT core course, plus three or four elective courses, to meet the certificate requirements of 39 or more hours.

We encourage all professionals to complete the certificate program to improve their skills and knowledge in treating opioid dependence.

For more information on the ODT certificate please visit:


Robyn Steidman
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