Online CAMH Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course - Alberta version

From: September 21, 2015
To: November 20, 2015

This course is the foundation of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program. The course is designed to promote interprofessional collaboration among the health care team involved in opioid dependence treatment. In this online course physicians, nurses, pharmacists and counsellors/case managers learn skills and review guidelines for effective and safe management of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment for opioid dependence.


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

  • Explain the pharmacology of opiates and how they affect the brain
  • Assess patients for 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
  • 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

Jessica Kostka