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Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course

Description

This course prepares physicians, nurses, pharmacists and counsellors/case managers to effectively and safely manage the treatment of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine opioid dependence. The course is designed to promote interprofessional collaboration among the health care team involved in the delivery of opioid dependence treatment. 

The core course consists of five online modules and a one-day workshop.

 

Learning objectives:

 
After successfully completing the course, participants will be able to:
 
  • explain the pharmacology of opiates and how they affect the brain
  • define what is opioid dependence based on the DSM-IV criteria
    differentiate abstinence based treatment and withdrawal management from methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment
  • decide on the appropriate treatment modality for the opioid-dependent client
    implement safe prescribing, dosing, and dispensing of methadone and buprenorphine
  • explain the rationale for including urine drug testing in an opioid maintenance treatment program
  • describe the role of counselling and case management in methadone and buprenorphine maintenance treatment demonstrate interprofessional collaboration

For Ontario Course Offerings
The instructions for methadone prescribing are based on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, 2011: Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program Standards and Clinical Guidelines.
 
For Nova Scotia Course Offerings
The instructions for methadone prescribing and dispensing are based on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, 2012: Methadone Maintenance Treatment Handbook.
 
The instructions for methadone dispensing are based on the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists, 2011: Methadone Maintenance Treatment Services: Standard of Practice for Community Pharmacists in Nova. Scotia.

 

Target Audience

Physicians, Pharmacists, Counsellor, Nurses

This course is not open to - pharmacy technicians, lab technicians, medical receptionists at this time.

This course is for pharmacists who have to take the course for the first time, as per OCP policy.  Pharmacists who plan to take the course as their 5-year refresher cannot take this course and must find alternatives.

 

For courses available as refresher courses please contact:
 
Pharmacy Practice Department at the Ontario College of Pharmacists via email at:

Delivery Method

The Opioid Dependence Treatment Core course is offered in a blended delivery format that includes an online component and a face to face component.

Online component
  • 5 online modules - participants must complete prior to the workshop and have one month to do so.  During this month they can access the course at any time that they wish (24/7), and from any location as long as they have internet access.
  • Completing the online component involves filling a pre-course learning assessment, and achieving 100% score on all 5 end-of-module quizzes.

 

 Topics covered in the online portion of the course: 

  • Fundamental of opioid dependence
  • Treatment options for opioid dependence
  • Counselling clients on maintenance treatment
  • Urine drug testing (UDT) in maintenance treatment
  • Dispensing of methadone and buprenorphine

Face to face component
1 day workshop - offered over weekends (Saturday or Sunday)

 

The one day workshop is a case-based learning event, which focuses on delivering treatment to clients, through interprofessional collaboration.

Following the workshop
Participants will have to complete:
  • Post course learning assessment (physicians have to complete 2 post-course learning assessments)
  • End of course exam for physicians and pharmacists

The course remains open for one month following the workshop to allow participants to complete all course requirements.
 

Cost

 
​$475 Physicians
$400 Pharmacists
$375 Counsellors and Nurses
 
 
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.
 
The course is not open to- pharmacy technicians, lab technicians, medical receptionists at this time.
 
Withdrawals from a course are accepted within one week from the course's start date and is subject to an administrative fee of $100.00
Cancellation notice must be communicated in writing by email. 
 
Cancellation of Course
 
Should CAMH this course be cancelled for any reason CAMH is not  responsible for lost monies for accommodations, flights or other incidentals.
 

Requirements/Prerequisites

 
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 course is not open to- pharmacy technicians, lab technicians, medical receptionists at this time.
 

Certification/Credits

 
​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.
 

Accreditation

 
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 in Ontario for:
 
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada - (up to) 22.0 Mainpro-M1 credits (13.5 Mainpro-M1 credits for the web-based modules, and 6.5 Mainpro-M1 for the in-class workshop,2.0 Mainpro-M1 credits for the end of course exam);
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada - (up to) 6 Mainpro-C credits and 0 Mainpro-M1 Credits (for the in-class workshop);
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - (up to)  22.0 Section 1 credits (13.5 Section 1 credits for the web-based modules, and 6.5 Section 1 credits for the in-class workshop, and 2.0 Section 1 credits for the end of course exam);
  • The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy for 20.5 CEUs;
  • The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation - 20 Core CEU's
 
 
This course is accredited in Nova Scotia for:
 
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada - (up to) 15.5 Mainpro-M1 credits
  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada - (up to) 6 Mainpro-C credits and 0 M1 credits (for the in-class workshop)
  • The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy for 20.5 CEUs
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - (up to) 15.5 Section 1 credits for the online course
  • The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation - 20 Core CEU's

 

Affilliation/Partnership

Faculty of Medicine, Univerity of Toronto

Course Resources

Recommend texts (not included in course fee):

To purchase texts: Online: http://store.camh.net   or by telephone: 1-800-661-1111 or 416-595-6059
 
Recommend readings for Ontario Courses
For physicians: Methadone Maintenance: A Physician's Guide to Treatment, 2nd Edition

For pharmacists: Methadone Maintenance: A Pharmacist's Guide to Treatment,
3rd Edition (Coming Soon)

For counsellors and nurses in a case manager role: Methadone Maintenance: A Counsellors Guide to Treatment

All course participants: Methadone Maintenance Treatment: Client Handbook
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, MMT Guidelines 2011
 
Recommend readings for Nova Scotia Courses
For physicians: The College of Physicians and Surgeons, Nova Scotia (2012). Methadone Maintenance Treatment Handbook
 
Unauthorized copying and distribution is unlawful.  You will have to ensure that you have the final document when it is formally published.
 
For pharmacists: Comeau, C., Gray, J., Marentette, A., Murphy, K., Nisar, K., Noftle, L. et. al. (Eds.). (2011). Methadone Maintenance Treatment Services: Standard of Practice for Community Pharmacists in Nova Scotia.

Registration

 

This course is for pharmacists who have to take the course for the first time, as per OCP policy.  Pharmacists who plan to take the course as their 5-year refresher cannot take this course and must find alternatives.

 

Pharmacists, who are looking for a refresher course when 5 years have passed from the training, do not need to enroll in the CAMH course.

For courses available as refresher courses please contact:
 
Pharmacy Practice Department at the Ontario College of Pharmacists via email at:
 
 
CAMH Staff please contact robyn.steidman@camh.ca
Ontario Courses:
 
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.
 

Ontario Courses:


Coming Soon
  

Nova Scotia Courses:


TBA

 

Refunds for advance (prior to start date) cancellation will be subject to an administrative fee of $50.00.

 
Withdrawals from a course are accepted within one week from the course's start date and is subject to an administrative fee of $100.00
 
 
Cancellation of Course
Should CAMH this course be cancelled for any reason CAMH is not  responsible for lost monies for accommodations, flights or other incidentals.
 
Cancellation notice must be communicated in writing by email.
Contact
 
Robyn Steidman
Education Assistant
416-535-8501 x36640

 

 

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