Opioid Problems, Treatment Solutions

An online course for health care providers in Ontario

Opioid Problems, Treatment solutions is a 7-week online course intended primarily for mental health/addiction counsellors, nurses and allied service providers who work with people with opioid issues. The course presents information on treatment strategies for people who are experiencing problematic opioid use.

What are the objectives of this training?

The training aims to:

  • reduce stigma towards opioid use and people who experience problems related to opioids.
  • reinforce that recovery is highly individualized and can incorporate a wide range of strategies, including pharmaceutical, non-pharmaceutical and harm reduction approaches

Who is this training intended for?

This course is an intermediate-level course. It is intended for healthcare providers in Ontario who assist people with problematic opioid use, but who are not experts in the field.

This may include counsellors, peer workers, therapists, social workers, case managers, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, public health professionals and long-term care workers.

What is the format of the course?

The course uses case studies, videos, interactive discussion forums and other resources to provide participants with opportunities to apply new knowledge and explore the course themes. One clinical expert and one lived experience expert will facilitate the course and participate in the weekly online discussions.

How can you apply this training into practice?

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Respond to opioid use as a complex issue that involves many factors.
  • Use harm reduction approaches with clients.
  • Reduce stigma toward people with opioid dependence and problematic substance use.
  • Assist all clients in a holistic and trauma-informed way.
  • Empower clients to make informed decisions about their care and treatment.
  • Support the recovery process in a unique way for each client.
  • Co-ordinate with other providers to ensure the best care and support for each client.

Is the course accredited?

OPTS is accredited for 20 Continuing Education hours by the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF).

Course Modules Include:

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For more information contact: ORH [at] CAMH [dot] CA (subject: OPTS%20course%20)

Opioid Resource Hub is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.