This course will prepare learners to effectively and safely manage the treatment of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. The course will also promote interprofessional collaboration among the health care team involved in the delivery of opioid dependence treatment.
CAMH also offers the Opioid use disorder treatment (OUDT) online course, which has the same learning objective as the ODT core course. The OUDT course is offered only for Ontario pharmacists and New Brunswick nurse practitioners. Pharmacists should register for only one of the courses. Do not register for both courses.
Explain the pharmacology of opioids and 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
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.
Certification and Accreditation
This program was accredited by the Office of Continuing Professional Development, University of Toronto, and was awarded with the following credits:
The College of Family Physicians of Canada – 12 Mainpro+ credits (1 credit/hour)
Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada – 12 Section 1 hours