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Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain Online Course

Description / Learning Objectives

This online course provides health care workers with evidence-based tools and recommendations from the Canadian Guidelines for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain.  This course will guide you through the Opioid Manager, a point-of-care tool that condenses key elements of the Canadian Guideline  which you can use with your interprofessional team in clinical practice or primary care settings.
Learning objectives

After successfully completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • collaborate routinely with other health care professionals addressing a patient's chronic non-cancer pain
  • identify patients who may be suitable candidates for opioid therapy by following Canadian Guideline* recommendations
  • identify patients at risk for opioid addiction and misuse
  • discuss with patients and their treatment team the effectiveness of opioids in treating chronic non-cancer pain
  • safely conduct an opioid trail by following Canadian Guideline recommendations
  • safely monitor patients on long-term opioid therapy by following Canadian Guideline recommendations


Target Audience​

This course is open to health care providers collaborating in the treatment of patients with chronic non-cancer pain (e.g., physicians, pain specialists, addiction specialists, mental health clinicians, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and psychologists).

Delivery Method

​The course consists of three self-directed online modules, one module released every week, and with an "Ask the experts" section for questions. 


$350.00 - Registration Fee

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


Dr. Andrea Furlan, MD, Associate Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.


Beth Sproule, Pharm. D. Advanced Practice Pharmacist / Clinician Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy and Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.


 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):



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.


This course is held under the auspices of the office of Continuing Education and Professioal Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

This course meets the accreditation criteria of:

  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada - 12.0 Mainpro - M1 credits
  • The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada - 12.0 Section 1 credits
  • The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)  - 12 CEC hours
  • Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) 12 CEC hours


Affiliations / Partnerships

CAMH is affiliated with the University of Toronto and been partner with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

Course Resources  

National Opioid Use Guidelin Group (2010).  Part B: Recommendations for Practice.​  In Canadian Guideline for Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non-cancer Pain. Hamilton, ON; Author

Course Start Date

April 3 - May 18, 2018

Please click on the link below to register:


Robyn Steidman
Education Assistant
Tel: 416-535-8501 x 36640


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