Please note: This is the main page for the course. It presents the overall course description, learning objectives, delivery method, target audience and information about the ODT certificate. For ODT core course accreditation, registration dates, and costs specific to Ontario or Nova Scotia, please click on the links listed under Registation.
This course will prepare learners to effectively and safely manage the treatment of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine for opioid dependence. The course will also promote interprofessional collaboration among the health care team involved in the delivery of opioid dependence treatment.
Pharmacists working on their five-year refresher cannot take this course and must find alternatives. We recommend the Ontario Pharmacists Association's Methadone Education program: Opioid Addiction and Substitution Therapy Online Modules. This course may also be of interest to pharmacists waiting to register for the CAMH course. For other refresher courses, please contact the Pharmacy Practice Department at the Ontario College of Pharmacists: email@example.com.
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
ODT Certificate Participants interested in obtaining the ODT certificate must complete the ODT core course, plus three or four elective courses, to meet the certificate requirements of 39 or more hours.
We encourage all professionals to complete the certificate program to improve their skills and knowledge in treating opioid dependence.