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Concurrent Disorders in Primary Care Online Course

Description and Learning Objectives

This online course introduces the fundamental concepts of concurrent disorders, with a focus on best practices and research in the field.  It is designed to provide physicians, pharmacists, nurses and counsellors/case managers with the necessary information, skills and tools required to identify, screen and support clients with co-occurring substance use and mental health problems.

The course consists of six self-directed online modules, which are open for five weeks. The course is a part of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program

After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • define what is concurrent disorders
  • discuss the prevalence of concurrent disorders
  • explain how psychoactive drugs and prescribed medications interact with mental health disorders 
  • implement screening and assessment for both substance use and mental health disorders to identify concurrent disorders
  • appreciate the challenges and benefits of integrating mental health and addiction treatment at the service and system levels
  • discuss the effects of values, beliefs and stigma on the delivery of care
  • identify best practices for treatment and support for clients with concurrent disorders

Target Audience

​Physicians, pharmacists, nurses and counsellors/case managers.

Delivery Method




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



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.
All professionals are encouraged to complete the entire certificate program, to improve their skills and knowledge in treating opioid dependence. As of January 1, 2009, physicians are required to complete the certificate program within three years of receiving their methadone exemption.
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 two or three elective courses (listed below): 
  • Advanced Issues in Opioid Dependence Treatment Course
  • Medications and Drugs of Abuse Interactions in ODT Clients Online Course
  • Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care Settings
  • Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course (ODT)
  • Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain


This Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Toronto's Continuing Professional Development office for up to 9.5 Mainpro+ credits

The continuing education event indicated has been designated as a U of T Accredited event and awarded with the following credits:
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada - 9.5 Section 1 credits


​University of Toronto

Course start date

March 19 - April 30, 2018
Please click on the link below to register:


Robyn Steidman
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