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Advanced Issues in Opioid Dependence Treatment

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.

Descriptions/Learning Objectives


This interactive workshop provides physicians, pharmacists, nurses and counsellors with the knowledge and skills to manage special issues related to people receiving opioid agonist treatment.  The workshop is a part of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program.

The Advanced Issues in opioid dependence treatment course covers a range of topics addressing the complexity of opioid dependence treatment.  The workshop is offered once per year, and each year the topics covered in the workshop are based on a needs assessment survey conducted prior to the workshop.

Learning objectives:

  • List interventions to prevent pregnancy in women who are treated with methadone or buprenorphine
  • Identify the indications to treat pregnant woment with opioid agonist treatment
  • Describe best-practice & protocol of methadone initiation for pregnant women who are opioid dependent, including induction and maintenance
  • Determine methadone dose adjustments often necessary during pregnancy and during the post-partum period
  • Indicate what care is needed for methadone-exposed infant
  • Describe the current pactice for treating pregnant women who are opioid dependent with buprenorphine
  • Devleop a diagnostic and therapeutic approach to treat youth who are opioid dependent
  • Develop a diagnostic approach that allows to formulate a treatment plan to address opioid dependence and poly-substance abuse by older adults


Target Audience

Pharmacists, physicians, counsellors/case managers and nurses


​November 8, 2014

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

CAMH, 33 Russell Street, Toronto, Ontario

Delivery Method

Classroom workshop - Case studies exploration and discussion

In planning for CAMH's annual Advanced Issues in Opioid Dependence Treatment workshop, we would like to hear from you about challenges in treatment with methadone and buprenorphine, which you would like to discuss in the workshop.  In particular, if you have challenging cases that are related to one of the topics listed below for the course:

  • Pregnancy and opioid use
  • Opioid dependency in youth
  • Opioid dependency in older adults

To submit case studies, please follow the link:


​Fee: $225


At this time, we are not accepting cheques, due to a variety of issues surrounding this form of payment for our courses. We apologize for the inconvenience.



Participants must have completed the Opioid Dependence Treatment Core course, or have an experience of at least one year providing methadone maintenance treatment.


Participants who are not pursing the Certificate have the option of taking elective courses independently.

The certificate program consists of  the Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course (ODT) and three or four elective courses (listed below):




University of Toronto


CAMH, 33 Russell Street
Meeting Centre, # 2029


November 8, 2014

Please click the link below to register:



Robyn Steidman

Education Assistant

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